dr. elizabeth nunez, author/professor

Elizabeth Nunez, PhD, immigrated to the US from Trinidad 🇹🇹after completing high school there. She is the award-winning author of a memoir and nine novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors Choice.

Her memoir Not for Everyday Use won the 2015 Hurston Wright Legacy Award and is an Oprah online book club selection. Her latest novel Even in Paradise, is an O, the Oprah Magazine and Essence selection. Nunez’s other novels are: Boundaries (nominated for a NAACP Image Award); Anna In-Between (PEN Oakland Award and long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award); Prospero’s Daughter (2010 Trinidad and Tobago One Book selection);Bruised Hibiscus (American Book Award); Beyond `the Limbo Silence (Independent Publishers Book Award); Grace; Discretion (short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award); and When Rocks Dance.

Nunez is co-editor of the anthology Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad, co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, and executive producer of the NY Emmy-nominated CUNY-TV series Black Writers in America. Nunez received her PhD in English Literature from NYU and is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches literature by Caribbean Women Writers and Creative Writing.