Amina Gautier, Ph.D. is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and received the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, The Phillis Wheatley Award, The International Latino Book Award, The National Indie Excellence Award, a Silver Medal “IPPY” Award in Northeast Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize, The John Gardner Award, The Hurston/Wright Award, and shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award, and The St. Francis College Literary Prize, Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the International Latino Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Legacy Award, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, the International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award in Multicultural Fiction, a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction, and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and received an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and a First Horizon Award. For her body of work Gautier received the PEN/MALAMUD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE SHORT STORY in 2018, becoming the first African American woman to win the prestigious award. Gautier has published a record number of short stories. One hundred and thirteen of her short stories have been published and her fiction appears in African American Review, African Voices, Agni, Antioch Review, B&A: New Fiction, Blackbird, Boston Review, Cicada, Chattahoochee Review, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train, Hong Kong Review, Iconoclast, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Latino Book Review, Mississippi Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Opium.com, Pindeldyboz, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Quarter After Eight, Red Rock Review, River Styx, Salt Hill, Shenandoah, Southeast Review, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Storyquarterly, Studio Magazine, Sycamore Review, Timber Creek Review, Today’s Black Woman, Torch, and Yemassee among other places. Gautier’s work has been extensively reprinted, appearing in All About Skin! Women Writers of Color, Best African American Fiction 2009, Best African American Fiction 2010, Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2008, The Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years, The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Contemporary Women Writers on Forerunners in Fiction, 25 Provocative Women Writers and Voices.
Gautier has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the William Richey Prize, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the Lamar York Prize in Fiction. She has also received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her fiction has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from American Antiquarian Society, The Betsy Hotel, Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Callaloo Writer’s Workshop; Dora Maar, Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers; Hurston/Wright Foundation Writer’s Workshop, Kimbilio, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Key West Literary Seminars; MacDowell Colony; Prairie Center of the Arts; Ragdale Foundation, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Ucross Foundation; Vermont Studio Center and Writers in the Heartland.
Gautier was a member of the enrichment program Prep for Prep (Contingent IX) which tested and then placed gifted children from New York’s inner city into independent day and boarding schools. Gautier is a graduate of The Nightingale-Bamford School and The Northfield Mt. Hermon School. She is a proud Stanford Cardinal. In 1999, she earned co-terminal BA and MA degrees (two degrees within four years) in English literature and creative writing from Stanford University, where she had the honor and fortune to study under Stegner Fellows/Jones Lecturers Jason Brown, Lan Samantha Chang, Ray Isle, Peter Rock, and Keith Scribner. After attending Stanford University, she earned a master’s degree and PhD in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, where she studied under Michael Awkward, Herman Beavers, and Nancy Bentley, renowned scholars of American literature. She has held a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, a dissertation fellowship at Marquette University, a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship, a NeMLA Fellowship, a Provost’s Research Award from the University of Miami, and has been a University of Miami Center for the Humanities Fellow.
Gautier was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She is a native New Yorker who currently lives in Chicago and Miami. She is an active and financial member of Delta Sigma Theta.
The Loss of All Lost Things has been published!