This week’s Need to Know on PBS visits the island of Hispaniola, where the Dominican Republic is deporting Haitians that had fled across the border following last year’s horrific earthquake. Edwidge Danticat, author of Create Dangerously speaks about the American perception of Haiti and Haitian immigrants.
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of two novels, two collections of stories, two books for young adults, and two nonfiction books, one of which, Brother, I’m Dying, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. In 2009, she received a MacArthur Fellowship. Create Dangerously reflects on art and exile, examining what it means to be an immigrant artist from a country in crisis.