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Amina Gautier received the International Latino Book Award for Now We Will Be Happy and the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Library Foundation for The Loss of All Lost Things at ceremonies in September and October

 Amina Gautier received the International Latino Book Award for Now We Will Be Happy and the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Library Foundation for The Loss of All Lost Things at ceremonies in September and October. She attended the Ragdale Foundation residency and was a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France in October and November, respectively. Her short story collection The Loss of All Lost Things received a Silver Medal Independent (“IPPY”) Book Publishers Award, and was named Finalist for two IndieFab Awards, the Paterson Prize in Fiction and the John Gardner Award. Her short stories “Before” and “Discotheque of Negroes” appeared in Quarterly West and The Southwest Review, respectively and she received three Pushcart nominations for her stories “Before,” “Disturbance,” and “Thankful Chinese.” Her story “Clytemnestra” was a Finalist for the New Millennium Writing Awards and her story “Love Me Through a Hurricane” was a Finalist for the Cutbank Literary Award. Gautier published four book reviews in Fiction Advocate and The Rumpus, and three short essays in the Chicago Public Library Blog, the Chicago Tribune, and the Story Prize Blog, respectively. She was featured in Brooklyn Magazine, Hair Trigger, and Necessary Fictionand interviewed on The Mixed Experience Podcast with Heidi Durrow as well as three episodes of The Family Meeting WCPT-AM. She gave readings at Amherst Books, Argenta Reading Series, the Arkansas Literary Festival, East City Bookshop, Le Maison Dora Maar, Pete’s Candy Store, River Styx Reading Series, and Salisbury University. She gave presentations at Artsanctuary, the Chicago Writers Conference, St. Louis Public Library—Julia Davis Branch, University of Miami Eaton Residential College Scholars Program, and Washington University in St. Louis. She presented two papers at the AWP conference in Washington DC, served as a Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center, where she gave a craft talk and a reading, served as a Mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentor Program for Fall 2016, and judged the The Ohio State University Jacobson Short Story Award. Gautier was awarded residencies from CAMAC in Marnay-Sur-Seine, France, the Chateau de Lavigny in Lausanne, Switzerland, The Betsy Hotel, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was named a 2017-2018 Fellow at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.