Lincroft, NJ –Brookdale’s acclaimed Visiting Writers Series will host acclaimed fiction, poetry and essay writer Tiphanie Yanique on Monday, March 5

From the blog at repeatingisland.com, comments on her most recent work include;   Tiphanie Yanique’s How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories is “an enthralling debut collection from a singular Caribbean voice.” For the most part, the stories (and novella) are set on the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands, and the United Kingdom. Comparing her to Gabriel García Márquez, Edwidge Danticat, and Maryse Condé, the publisher’s descriptions states, “Part oral history, part postcolonial narrative, How to Escape from a Leper Colony is ultimately a loving portrait of a wholly unique place. [. . .] Tiphanie Yanique has crafted a book that is heartbreaking, hilarious, magical, and mesmerizing.

Yanique’s fiction, poetry or essays can be found in the Best African American Fiction, Transition Magazine, American Short Fiction, The London Magazine, Prism International, Callaloo, and other journals and anthologies. She has had residencies with Bread Loaf, Callaloo, Squaw Valley and the Cropper Foundation for Caribbean Writers.

Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Kore Press Fiction Prize, The Academy of American Poets Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship in writing, a Boston Review Fiction Prize, and the 2010 Rona Jaffe Prize in Fiction.

The Visiting Writers Series presentations feature a complimentary coffee and biscotti bar. The event is free; $3 suggested donation for the Brookdale Community College Writing Club. The monies are used to underwrite educational field trips for students. The Office of Student Life and Activities and the Creative Writing Club co-sponsor the Series.

Additional Spring Visiting Writers events will be held April 3 & 24. For more specific information regarding the Series, contact Suzanne Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 732-224-2650.