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Nadine Pinede is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She was born in Paris, where her parents were scholarship students, and she grew up in Canada and the US. Nadine graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University and was awarded Harvard University’s Captain Jonathan Fay Prize for outstanding imaginative work for her creative nonfiction thesis. She was the first Rhodes Scholar of Haitian descent and earned a Masters in English and French literature from St. John’s College at Oxford University. Nadine received her PhD from Indiana University and an MFA in Fiction from the Whidbey Writers Workshop/Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.
She is the author of a poetry chapbook, An Invisible Geography. Her fiction has appeared in Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat, and her nonfiction was published in Becoming: What Makes a Woman, edited by Jill McCabe Johnson. She was a contributor to American Decades: Primary Sources (1930s and 1940s) and translated a chapter on the Haitian Revolution from French for the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas. Nadine’s chapter on Walter Dean Myers was published in Literary Newsmakers. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Radcliffe Quarterly, International Herald Tribune, and other publications.