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Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection “How to Escape from a Leper Colony,” the picture book “I Am the Virgin Islands” and the novel “Land of Love and Drowning” (Riverhead). Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of 16 cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and elsewhere. Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.