The New Tropic interviews Betsy Writer’s Room Alum, Edwidge Danticat

edwidgeIn an interview by The New Tropic, published Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Betsy Writer’s Room alumnus Edwidge Danticat discusses her new memoir, Brother, I’m Dying. In it, she speaks on her life-changing move from Haiti to America and on being an immigrant, daughter, and writer.

An excerpt is below. To read the full article, visit The New Tropic.

The New Tropic: Why do you write?

Danticat: In the beginning of Brother I’m Dying, I said I was writing this book because my uncle and father couldn’t. It was as much their story as mine. I was writing a memoir, so I had to be really honest — and part of that was being vulnerable. Some parts were very difficult to write, and I had to go to very painful places to recall these memories. I found writing them to be healing.

There’s also a certain power in literature. It gets under our skin in a way that can incite change, at least we can incite individual people to change.

I truly hope there’s that element in everything that I do. I don’t want to be preachy, but I also think that it’s important to have a sense of engagement in your work, and certainly with Brother, I’m Dying, when I started writing it I was so angry and thought I had to tell people about this.