Tiphanie Yanique

Professor of English

Downey House, 294 High Street, 219

Professor, African American Studies


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BA Tufts University
MFA University Houston Univ Pk

Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is a noveslist, short story writer and poet.  Her fiction and poetry are read within Caribbean, American, African American, Post-Colonial and Women's Studies traditions.  Her work is thematically focused on cultural politics, family, religion, women, love, the environment and the politics of belonging and place.  

Professor Yanique's teaching specialties are in the craft of fiction and poetry, as well as Caribbean literature and Feminist Literature.

Tiphanie Yanique earned her MFA in Fiction with a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Houston. Her BA is in English with a certificate in Peace & Justice Studies. Professor Yanique won the New Schools distinguished Teaching Award and is now faculty at Wesleyan in the English Department. Professor Yanique is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, which won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. She is the author of the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and was listed by NPR as one of the Best Book of 2014. Land of Love and Drowning was also a finalist for the Orion Award in Environmental Literature and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. She is also the author of a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation's 5Under35. Her writing has also won the Bocas Award for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet's Prize.

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