Creative Writing Faculty

Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade headshot

photo by Maggie Shipstead


Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of The Five Wounds, which is currently shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence and is longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Her story collection, Night at the Fiestas, which won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of the John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, she taught at Stanford University and the University of Michigan.


Three at Princeton awarded Rome Prize in arts and humanities” | Princeton University News,  April 13, 2018

Announcing the 2018–19 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows” | American Academy in Rome

“Run: California Is on Fire” | The Chronicles of Now, June 2020

A Latino family’s love — and dysfunction in Kirstin Valdez Quade’s The Five Wounds” | NBC News, April 27, 2021


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