Jamie Figueroa is the author of the critically acclaimed novel BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER. Longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award, Figueroa’s debut novel “brims with spellbinding prose, magical elements, and wounded, full-hearted characters that nearly jump off the page” (Publishers Weekly). Faculty in the MFA Creative Writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Figueroa’s writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Emergence Magazine, Elle, McSweeney’s, Agni, The New York Times, and The Boston Review among others. A VONA alum, she received a Truman Capote Award and was a Bread Loaf Rona Jaffe Scholar. Boricua (Afro-Taíno) by way of Ohio, Figueroa is a longtime resident of northern New Mexico. Her memoir in essays, MOTHER ISLAND, is due out in the spring of 2024 from Pantheon Books.
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