Angie Cruz

  • Associate Professor, Writing Program Director

Angie's Affiliations:  Aster(ix)CAAPP

Angie Cruz is a novelist and editor. Her most recent novel, How Not To Drown in A Glass of Water (2022) was New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2022. Her novel, Dominicana was the inaugural book pick for GMA book club and shortlisted for The Women’s Prize, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction, The Aspen Words Literary Prize, a RUSA Notable book and the winner of the ALA/YALSA Alex Award in fiction. It was named most anticipated/ best book in 2019 by Time, Newsweek, People, Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Esquire. Cruz is the author of two other novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee and the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies including the Lighthouse Fellowship, Siena Art Institute, and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Fellowship. She’s published shorter works in The Paris Review, VQR, Callaloo, Gulf Coast and other journals.

Cruz is Editor-in-Chief of Aster(ix) Journal. She's the founder of the visual archive on instagram @dominicanasnyc. She holds a BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. 


Read Angie’s essay, “A Sublet in Washington Heights,” published in the New York Times.  


“Everyone should take a creative writing class and learn how to tell a great story. Being able to tell a story can hopefully get you out of a fight, potentially make someone fall in love with you, or help you land a job. At the very least mastering the art of storytelling will help you develop a narrative for your life and future. Great stories demand that we look again at the things we take for granted and think critically about the world at large. In class, I combine the act of generating new work, close readings of literary texts, and a nuts and bolts approach on revision so you can eventually work effectively outside of the workshop.”