Ask your local bookseller to order copies for their store — publication date set for July 11, 2017!
“Who would I be if Fidel’s revolution hadn’t happened and my parents hadn’t left? Who would those who remained on the island be if those of us who left had stayed by their side? Who would any of us be if Fidel hadn’t caused this rupture in our lives?”
Achy Obejas on the death of Fidel Castro, here and in print in the New York Times.
“As we near the end of the summer, we are thrilled to feature as our August blog post a stunning and evocative piece by Achy Obejas that defies description and is both moving and profound. Part prose-poem, part tango dance, part intertextual game, “Volver” asks us to reflect on the way we speak and think about our complex relationships with Cuba. Teasing and thoughtful, Achy leaves us wondering how our words, among them those of Martí and Obama, and others, have come to represent and misrepresent the island we want so much to understand. We hope you enjoy the piece as much as we did and look forward to your comments!
Ruth and Richard”
“Pero Cuba es complicada; los cubanos son complicados y Achy Obejas es complicada. Reconocida por su labor traduciendo al español a Junot Díaz, una de las principales voces de la literatura contemporánea estadounidense, Obejas es y no es la típica cubana, si tal cosa existe. Periodista durante casi diez años en The Chicago Tribune, se ha dedicado a diversas actividades, desde la publicidad hasta el activismo político, desde la dramaturgia, hasta la edición de libros; no obstante, su constante y su más grande orgullo, reside en la escritura literaria.”
Achy is interviewed by José Eduardo González in Vice Versa Magazine.
Join Drunken Boat for a 10-day program bringing writers and artists from around the world together with Sardinian writers and artists for a generative and collaborative retreat. The program will culminate in the annual celebration of Grazia Deledda, winner the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1926. Work generated during the residency will be considered for publication in a special Drunken Boat feature.
Details and application here.
“Con esta entrevista iniciamos el dossier “Identidad y memoria”, elaborado por los alumnos del MFA en Escritura Creativa en español de la Universidad de Iowa, bajo la coordinación de la profesora invitada Rose Mary Salum.”
Watch the video here.