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Nelly Rosario

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Name  Nelly Rosario
Books  Song of the Water Saints
Role  Novelist
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Education  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University
Awards  PEN Open Book Award, Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writers Award

Nelly Rosario

Nelly Rosario (born 1972) is a Dominican American novelist and creative writing instructor in the MFA Program at Texas State University in San Marcos.


Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn. She received a B.A. in engineering from MIT and an M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia University.

After the debut of her novel Song of the Water Saints, Rosario was described by Julia Alvarez as "a Caribbean Scheherazade."

Awards and Honors

  • 1997: Winner, Hurston/Wright Foundation Award in Fiction
  • 2001: Named a “Writer on the Verge” by the Village Voice Literary Supplement
  • 2002: Winner, PEN Open Book Award
  • 2003: Finalist, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Debut Fiction
  • 2008: Recipient, The Sherwood Anderson Foundation Award for Fiction
  • References

    Nelly Rosario Wikipedia