Edwidge Danticat immigrated to Brooklyn, New York at the age of twelve. She received a BA in French Literature from Barnard College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. Her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory was published by Soho Press in 1994. Danticat has taught creative writing at New York University and the University of Miami. She is an advocate for issues affecting Haitians and has participated in several documentaries about Haiti.