Born to Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Crucet is the author of How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the John Gardner Prize, the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and was named a Best Book of the Year by both the Miami Herald and the Miami New Times. The title story from her collection won her an O. Henry Prize and will appear in the 2011 O. Henry Prize Anthology. She’s the recipient of the Winthrop Prize & Residency for Emerging Writers, scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and her work has been a finalist for both the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize. Her stories have been published in Ploughshares, Epoch, Gulf Coast, the Southern Review, the Los Angeles Review and other magazines.
A graduate of Cornell University and a former sketch comedienne, she divides her time between Miami and Los Angeles, and she currently works for the One Voice Scholars Program as a counselor to first-generation college-bound high school seniors in South Central and Downtown Los Angeles.