Kym Ragusa

  • Instructor , MFA Program, Creative Nonfiction
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Kym Ragusa is the author of "The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging," published by W.W. Norton and Company in 2006. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies "Are Italians White: The Making of Race in America," "The Milk of Almonds," and "About Face: Women Write What The See When They Look In the Mirror," as well as the journals Leggendaria and TutteStorie. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and an Ida and Daniel Lang Award for Excellence in the Humanities. She has taught creative writing at City College, Queens University of Charlotte and Eugene Lang College in New York, and at Josai International University in Japan. Her films "Passing" and "Fuori/Outside" have been shown on PBS and at festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her video, "Demarcations," had its premiere at the Whitney Museum of American Art. "The Skin Between Us" was named a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Foundation's 2007 Legacy Award in Nonfiction, and was published in Italy in May, 2008, for which it was awarded the Premio John Fante - Autore Tra Due Mondi, given to writers who address issues of (im)migration, diaspora, and multiculturalism. In addition to teaching nonfiction in the MFA program at Queens, she also teaches in the Writing and Humanistic Studies Program at MIT.

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