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Amina Gautier

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 18, 2015) — Amina Gautier,  an award-winning short story author and creative writing professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ English Department, received the Gold Medal Award in Short Fiction from the Florida‌ Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) for her second collection of short stories, Now We Will Be Happy (2014).

Among other honors, the short fiction novel also won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series in Fiction in 2013. Now We Will Be Happy is a compilation of 11 stories presenting a muster of different and unique worlds through characters of Puerto Rican heritage.

Professor Gautier also received honors for her debut collection of short stories, At Risk (2011), which received the 2015 First Horizon Award and the 2010 Flannery O’Connor Award—the premier recognition for short stories. In 2016, Gautier will release her third book, The Loss of All Lost Things, already honored with the Elixir Press Award in Fiction. She has published more than 85 short stories and her works have received numerous accolades, including the Crazyhorse Prize, Danahy Fiction Prize, Jack Dyer Prize, William Richey Prize, and the Lamar York Prize in Fiction.

A scholar of 19th-century American literature, Gautier is a New York native who spends her time between Chicago and Miami. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and her work has appeared in literary journals, including Antioch Review, Iowa Review, and Southern Review.‌‌