A Brief Pause

Mar 23, 2020

Credit Elixir Press

Meet American prize-winning short story author: Amina Gautier.

Today on Arts & Letters, we’ll be talking with award-winning writer Amina Gautier.  Her third short story collection, The Loss of All Lost Things, published by Elixir Press is about reconstituting lives after imaginable and unimaginable losses. In this episode, we'll be examining her story "A Brief Pause." 

Author, Amina Gautier
Credit Jenni Bryant

The Loss of All Lost Things won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and the 2018 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. 

The collection also received the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, The Phillis Wheatley Award, The International Latino Book Award, The National Indie Excellence Award, a Silver Medal “IPPY” Award in Northeast Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize, The John Gardner Award, The Hurston/Wright Award, and shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award, and The St. Francis College Literary Prize.

Amina Gautier is the author of two additional award-winning short story collections, Now We Will Be Happy and At-Risk. Her work has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the William Richey Prize, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the Lamar York Prize in Fiction. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and currently lives in Chicago and Miami.

Thank you to actors Patrice D. Phillips and Clyde Slater III for sharing their voices.

Thank you to musicians Off-The-Cuff,  Kami Renee, and Tim Anthony.  

A song from Kami Renee coming soon!

Thank you to the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown for supplying accommodations for guests of Arts & Letters, and thank you to Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack for keeping music alive and well in Arkansas.

Generous funding for this episode was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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