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Ana Rosa Núñez

Ana Rosa Núñez (July 11, 1926 – August 2, 1999)[1] was a Cuban-American poet and librarian.[2] She authored over two dozen books of poetry, prose, and translations.

Ana Rosa Núñez
Born Havana, Cuba
Died August 2, 1999(1999-08-02) (aged 73)
Miami, Florida
Occupation Librarian
Alma mater Universidad de La Habana
Genre poetry
Notable works Escamas del caribe (Haikus de Cuba) OCLC 001011173



Núñez was born in Havana, Cuba to Dr. Jorge Manuel Núñez y Bengochea, a professor and architect, and Carmen Gónzalez y Gónzalez de Burgos. In 1949, she earned a scholarship from the Institute of International Education to attend the College of Wooster in the United States. In 1955, she graduated from the University of Havana with a library degree. In Cuba, she was head librarian of the National Audit Office (Tribunal de Cuentas de la Republica de Cuba, 1950-1961) and a founding member and vice president (1957-1959) of the Colegio Nacional de Bibliotecarios Universitarios.[2][3]

Núñez came to the United States on September 10, 1965. She and another Cuban exile librarian, Rosa M. Abella, were hired by the University of Miami Otto G. Richter Library. There, she and other librarians helped build a significant collection of material involving Cuba and the Cuban exile community. In addition to traditional scholarly works, this included other publications and ephemera and significant donations such as notebooks, photographs, and the papers of the Cuban anthropologist Lydia Cabrera.[2][4]

Núñez published numerous books of poetry, literary criticism, and anthologies. She has been called one of the most outstanding of the group of Cuban poets born around 1930.[5] She developed a particular interest in the Japanese haiku. She wrote a book of haiku in Spanish, Escamas del Caribe: Haikus de Cuba (1971), translated the work of American haiku authority Harold G. Henderson, and sent her haiku to the Emperor Hirohito on his birthday.[2][3]

She died in Mercy Hospital in Miami of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 73.[1]


  1. ^ a b Alvarez Bravo, Armando (5 August 1999). "Ana Rosa Nunez, 73, Cuban Exile Poet and UM Librarian". Miami Herald. pp. 4B. 
  2. ^ a b c d Estorino, Maria R. (3 May 2006). "Ana Rosa Núñez". In Vicki L. Ruiz, Virginia Sánchez Korrol. Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Indiana University Press. pp. 529–30. ISBN 978-0-253-11169-2. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ana Rosa Nunez." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography In Context. Web. 8 Sept. 2013.
  4. ^ Estorino, María R. (2012). "Special Collections: The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries". In John L. Ayala, Salvador Güereña. Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship. ABC-CLIO. pp. 81–92. ISBN 978-1-59158-644-9. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Emilio de Armas (January 2000). "Cuba". In Verity Smith. Concise Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-57958-252-4. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 

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