2010 Faculty

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Fiction Workshop Leader - Ernesto Quiñonez

Ernesto Quiñonez is the author of the novels *Chango’s Fire* and *Bodega Dreams.* He is an assistant professor at Cornell University.

Ernesto Quiñonez was heralded by *the Village Voice* as a “writer on the verge”.  His debut novel *Bodega Dreams, *(Vintage Contemporary Originals) was chosen as a Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers, Borders Original Voices, *Entertainment Weekly’s IT List, *the New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember, as well as a *Los Angeles Times *and a* New York Times*Notable books of the year.

*Bodega Dreams* has become a landmark in contemporary literature, required reading in many high schools and community colleges around the country, and the New York Times chose it as a “New Immigrant Classic”.  He has received fellowships from the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, and a fellowship from the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Sundance Utah.  His second novel *Chango’s Fire*, (HarperCollins) was well received.
Currently he is an assistant professor at Cornell University’s M.F.A. program in creative writing.

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Memoir Workshop Leader - Marita Golden

Marita Golden is the author of over a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. Her memoirs Migrations of the Heart, Saving Our Sons and Don't Play In The Sun are all widely used in colleges and universities.

Her novel AFTER won the Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and she has taught fiction and nonfiction at Virginia Commonwealth University George Mason University as well as many writing conferences and workshops in the U.S. and in the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. She is President Emeritus and co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation

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Center for Black Literature

Dr. Brenda M. Greene
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

SUNY Plattsburgh

Dr. Jose L. Torres-Padilla
Beaumont Hall 418A
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901