Danticat is a Haitian-born American author known for her arresting novels and short stories, including "The Dew Breaker" (Vintage, 2005); "Breath, Eyes, Memory" (Vintage, 1998); and "Krik? Krak!" (Vintage, 1996). She also has written a memoir that doubles as a work of social criticism titled "Brother, I'm Dying" (Vintage, 2008).
Danticat has served as editor of "The Butterfly's Way: Voices From the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States" (Soho Press, 2003) and "The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures" (Beacon Press, 2000). She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the prestigious Granta Award, a Pushcart Prize and fiction awards from Seventeen and Essence magazines. Her appearance at SU is part of the 2009 Syracuse Symposium, organized and presented by the SU Humanities Center.
Orringer is author of the novel "The Invisible Bridge" (Knopf, 2009) and the award-winning short story "How to Breathe Underwater" (Knopf, 2003). Her stories have been published by The Yale Review, where they have been twice-awarded the Editors' Prize; the Paris Review, which awarded her the Discovery Prize; Ploughshares, which selected her work for the Cohen Award for Best Fiction; Zoetrope All-Story, which nominated her for a National Magazine Award; and Washington Post Magazine. Orringer is the recipient of two Pushcart prizes, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including "The Granta Book of the American Short Story" and "The Scribner Anthology of American Short Fiction." She is the Helen Herzog Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.
Hasan is author of the poetry collections "67 Mogul Miniatures" (Autumn House Press, 2009) and "Grieving Shias" (Sheep Meadow Press, 2006). His work has appeared in various literary journals, including AGNI, Shenandoah and Blackbird. Born in Bangladesh, Hasan was raised in Indonesia and Pakistan, before moving to the United States to earn degrees at the University of Texas at Austin and at SU. He serves on the English faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder.