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Dr. Amina Gautier is a graduate of Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania. At Stanford, Gautier “co-termed” in English Literature i.e. simultaneously earned co-terminal bachelor and master’s degrees within four years’ time. At Penn, Gautier earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English Literature. She held a Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellow (now Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow) at Stanford University, a Fontaine Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, a Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship at Marquette University, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Her scholarship has been supported with fellowships from the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. A scholar of 19th Century American literature, Gautier’s critical work focuses on such nineteenth century American authors as Charles W. Chesnutt, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Elleanor Eldridge, Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Walt Whitman. Her critical essays and reviews have appeared in African American Review, Belles Lettres, The Cambridge Companion to the American Short Story, Critical Insights: Frederick Douglass, Daedalus, Journal of American History, Libraries and Culture, Nineteenth Century Contexts, and Whitman Noir.


Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction, Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American 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. Gautier has published a record number of short stories. One hundred and forty-five of her short stories have been published and her fiction appears in African American ReviewAfrican Voices, Agni, Antioch Review, Asterix, B&A: New Fiction, Blackbird, Boston Review, Cicada, Chattahoochee Review, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Cincinnati Review, Cutthroat, Glimmer Train, Greensboro Review, Hong Kong Review, Hyptertext, Iconoclast, Iowa Review, Kahini Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Kweli, Latino Book Review, The Los Angeles Review, Mississippi Review, New Flash Fiction Review, New Millennium Writing, Nimrod, North American Review, Notre Dame Review,, Passages North, 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, The Literary 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. 

For her individual short stories, Gautier has been the recipient of the Able Muse Write Prize in Fiction, the Craft Flash Fiction Award, the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the New Millennium Writing Flash Fiction Award, 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 Besty Hotel, Breadloaf Writer’s ConferenceCallaloo Writer’s Workshop, the Camargo Foundation, the Chateau de Lavigny, the Dora Maar House, Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers; Hurston/Wright Foundation Writer’s WorkshopKimbilioKimmel Harding Nelson CenterKey West Literary Seminars, MacDowell ColonyPrairie Center of the Arts; Ragdale Foundation, Sewanee Writer’s ConferenceUcross FoundationVermont Studio Center and Writers in the Heartland. For her body of work, Gautier has been the recipient of the PEN/MALAMUD Award for Excellence in the Short Story.


Professor Gautier has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Marquette University, Saint Joseph’s UniversityWashington University in St. Louis,  DePaul University. She is currently faculty in the MFA program at the University of Miami.

Gautier is a member of AWP, Chicago Writer’s Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Friends of American Writers Chicago, MidWest MLA, Modern Language AssociationNational Association of University Women (NAUW), National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Urban League, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and Society of Midland Authors.

Amina Gautier is a Brooklyn-born native New Yorker who currently divides her time between Chicago and Miami.

Author Photo Credit: Laura Bianchi, courtesy of The Bogliasco Foundation