Patricia Engel is the author of the acclaimed books, Vida and It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris. Her new novel, The Veins of the Ocean, is forthcoming from Grove Press in 2016.
Vida, her debut, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and Paterson Fiction Award, winner of the Florida Book Award, International Latino Book Award, and Independent Publisher Book Award, and longlisted for The Story Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Additionally, Vida was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Latina Magazine, and Los Angeles Weekly. Her novel, It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, was an Elle Reader’s Prize winner, a recommended summer read by the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, andFlavorwire, as well as winner of an International Latino Book Award.
Patricia’s books have been translated into several languages and her short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, A Public Space, Boston Review, Guernica, and Harvard Review, among many other publications, and anthologies including The Best American Mystery Stories. She has received awards including the Boston ReviewFiction Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Key West Literary Seminar, Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony, Hedgebrook, Ucross, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Most recently, she is the recipient of a 2014 fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Born to Colombian parents and raised in New Jersey, Patricia earned her undergraduate degree at New York University and her MFA at Florida International University. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of Miami and has joined the fiction faculty of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas program.