Tiphanie's debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning, won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and was a finalist for both the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, the Orion Award in Environmental Literature and the BOCAS Prize in Caribbean Literature. Her collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, was extremely well-received, and won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation's 5Under35.
Her writing has won the 2016 Bocas Prize for Poetry, the 2011 Bocas Prize for Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet's Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and her writing has been published in the New York Times, Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the MFA program at the New School in New York City, where she is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. She lives in New York with her husband, teacher and photographer Moses Djeli, and their three children.