Patricia Engel’s most recent novel, The Veins of the Ocean, won the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, which won the International Latino Book Award, and of Vida, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and the Young Lions Fiction Award; winner of a Florida Book Award, International Latino Book Award, and Independent Publisher Book Award, and named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. For Vida, Patricia was the first woman to be awarded Colombia’s national prize in literature, the 2017 Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana.
Her books have been translated into many languages. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and the Key West Literary Seminar among others, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Award.
Her short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, A Public Space, The Sun, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, ZYZZYVA, anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Her criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Catapult, and in numerous anthologies.
Born to Colombian parents, Patricia is a graduate of New York University and earned her MFA at Florida International University. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Miami.