Miguel Barnet was born in Havana in 1940. A
storyteller, poet, and ethnologist, his works include the
testimonials The Biography of a Runaway Slave and
Rachel's Song (both published in English by Curbstone,
1995), Gallego, La vida real, and Oficio de
angel; numerous books of poetry in Spanish; and Akeke y la
jutia (Cuban fables). His work has received national and
international awards, including the Cuban National Prize for
Literature (1994), the International Poetry Award of Trieste
(2005), and the Juan Rulfo Prize for Latin American and Caribbean
Literature (2006). Since 2004 he has been Distinguished Professor
at the National University of San Marcos, Peru.
W. Nick Hill has translated a number of Spanish American authors, most recently Mexican poet Jorge Fernandez Granados. Hill's latest book of poems is And We'd Understand Crows Laughing.
William Luis is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University and editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review. He has authored, edited, and coedited fourteen books, including Literary Bondage: Slavery in Cuban Narrative; Looking Out, Looking In: Anthology of Latino Poetry; and The AmeRican Poet: Essays on the Works of Tato Laviera. Luis was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2012. Born and raised in New York City, he is widely regarded as a leading authority on Latin American, Caribbean, Afro-Hispanic, and Latino U.S. literatures.
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