Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1969. Although her formal education in Haiti was in French, she spoke Haitian Kréyòl at home. When she was 12 moved moved to Brooklyn, New York to be with her parents. Her first major work Breath, Eyes, Memory was published in 1994.

Danticat typically writes about the voiceless and those who have no face. She also writes about the oppressed and those who have suffered violence. Danticat takes all the negatives from society and turns them into stories of hope and familial ties. She also uses the negatives to tell the stories of those who are not able to tell those stories themselves and in that way, she urges remembrance.

To immortalize significant moments of the past has been the focus of Edwidge Danticat who has contributed notably to the focalizing of the Caribbean countries, Haiti and Dominican Republic. Aligned with a gruesome event in history, Danticat’s short story Nineteen Thirty-Seven, as exemplified by the stated title, accounts for the occurrence and aftermath of that particular year in the image filled account of the lives of Haitian people through the voice of a homodiegetic narrator.