F201. Writing/Righting Cuba/n from Afar

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel explores ways in which Cuban American and Cuban-born writers, at various biographical, geographical, and temporal distances from the island, claim rights to cultural and national identity through their fiction. Together, these writers and their works contribute to a larger discussion about not only the various relationships and complex connections that mark narratives about Cuba (written both from the island, as well as from afar), but also about what constitutes Cuban literature.


Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is the author of two short story collections—Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You and Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles, as well as Everyday Chica, the 2010 Longleaf Press Poetry Prize. She teaches literature and fiction in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Ivonne Lamazares is the author of a novel, The Sugar Island, translated to seven languages. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Latina Magazine, and several anthologies. She is the recipient of an NEA and teaches writing at Miami Dade College.

Susannah Rodriguez Drissi is lecturer and research fellow in comparative literature, at UCLA. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in national and international journals. Recently, she finished her first novel Until We're Fish. Currently, she writes a YA #ownvoices novel titled Letters from Camus.

Rebecca Marie Fortes is the recipient of a Helen Zell Fellowship from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA in fiction. She is currently at work on a novel that takes place across Miami and Havana.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside