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Ena Lucia Portela

The fiction writer and essayist Ena Lucia Portela was born in Havana in 1972 and is one of the most acclaimed authors in Latin America. At the age of twenty-four she was awarded the Premio de...

Douglas Pérez

Douglas Pérez is a Cuban contemporary artist born in 1972 in Cienfuegos. His paintings tackle complex matters in local history, society, and culture. His painting “Pictopía...

Erick J. Mota

Born in Havana in 1975, Erick J. Mota completed a BA in physics at the University of Havana and a course on creative writing at the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Center. His work includes the short story...

Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro

Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro (Santa Clara, 1973) is an award-winning Cuban fantasy writer and essayist. She is the author of the story collection Nothing to Declare (Casa Editora Abril,...

Herson Tissert Pérez

Herson Tissert Pérez was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1977. He earned a BA in art history from the Universidad de Oriente (2000). In 2002, his short story “Cuidado con el perro”...

Yoss

Yoss (Havana, 1969) is an essayist, critic, and writer of realism, science fiction, and heroic fantasy. He is considered to be the most significant contemporary fantasy writer from Cuba. His work...

Mylene Fernández Pintado

Mylene Fernández Pintado (1963) received a law degree from the University of Havana in 1986. She was a legal adviser for the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos...

Pedro de Jesús

Born in 1970, Pedro de Jesús has published short stories, a novel, criticism, and poetry in Cuba and abroad. His stories, which began to appear in the 1990s, were among the first published...

Pedro de Jesús

Born in 1970, Pedro de Jesús has published short stories, a novel, criticism, and poetry in Cuba and abroad. His stories, which began to appear in the 1990s, were among the first published...

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo was born in Havana in 1971 and came to the US in March 2013. In Cuba he published the narratives Collage karaoke (2001), Empezar de...

Anna Lidia Vega Serova

Anna Lidia Vega Serova (Leningrad, 1968) has published 14 books, in many different genres, including the short-story collections Catálogo de mascotas, Imperio doméstico, and...

Johan Moya Ramis

Johan Moya Ramis has a BA in Theology and works as a librarian in the José Martí National Library of Cuba.  Graduate of the eighth session (2004-2005) of the Onelio Jorge...

Jorge Olivera Castillo

Jorge Olivera Castillo (born 1961) is a well-known dissident Cuban author of numerous novels, short story collections, poetry anthologies, and political commentaries. Banned in his home...

Omar Pérez

Omar Pérez grew up in Havana, the city where he was born in 1964, and earned a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Havana in 1987. By his early twenties he...

Juan Carlos Flores

Juan Carlos Flores was born in Havana in 1962.  For decades he has lived in Alamar, a community in eastern Havana said to be the largest housing project in the world.  Writing as an...

Luis Rafael Hernández

Luis Rafael Hernández's twelve books include Los hijos de Adán (short stories, 2002), Colómbico (poetry, 2003), Eliseo Diego: donde la demasiada luz (essay, 2004),...

Belkis Cuza Malé

Belkis Cuza Malé was born in 1942 in Guantánamo, Cuba. She studied humanities in la Universidad de Oriente. In 1967 she married the Cuban poet Heberto Padilla. Though initially a...

Guillermo Rosales

The Cuban writer Guillermo Rosales committed suicide in Miami in 1993. He was 47 years old. Like William Figueras, the protagnoist of his novel, My Angel, he left Cuba in 1979 for Florida....

Reina María Rodriguez

Reina María Rodríguez's most recent collection El libro de las clientas was published in 2005 (Havana: Editorial Letras Cubanas). Among her previous books are Bosque negro...

Nancy Alonso

Nancy Alonso was born in Havana and graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in biology in 1972. She was a professor and researcher at the Havana Institute of Medical Science for...

Norberto Fuentes

Norberto Fuentes was born in Havana in 1943. He is a writer and journalist. He has published Hemingway in Cuba and Ernest Hemingway: Rediscovered, both available in English, as well as Dulces...

Rito Ramón Aroche

Rito Ramón Aroche was born in Havana in 1961. Las fundaciones (poetry) won the 2006 Gaceta de Cuba prize. Other recent collections include Del rio que durando se destruye (Letras Cubanas,...

Ernesto René Rodriguez

Ernesto René Rodríguez (Havana, 1968) is a prose writer, poet, and videographer. He has directed the videos of several musical acts including Porno Para Ricardo, Amaury Trineo,...

Leonardo Padura

Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana and lives in Cuba. He is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. Havana Black has been published in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Germany...

José Manuel Prieto

José Manuel Prieto was born in Havana in 1962. He has lived in Mexico City since 1995. His novel Livadia was published in English in 2001 as Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire....

Raúl Rivero

Raúl Rivero is one of Cuba's best-known dissident journalists and a figurehead of the country's beleaguered independent press. He was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to twenty...

Francisco García González

Francisco García González was born in Havana in 1965 and has a degree in history from Havana University. He is a writer, editor, and screenwriter. His short story collections...

Eduardo del Llano

Eduardo del Llano was born in Moscow in 1962 and lives in Havana. He founded and directed NOS-Y-OTROS, a group that created literary and theatrical works between 1982 and 1997. His prolific...
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