Mirta Aguirre Carreras (18 October 1912 – 8 August 1980) was a Cuban poet, novelist, journalist. She has been called "the most important female academic and woman of letters in post-revolutionary Cuba".[1]

Mirta Aguirre



Aguirre joined the Cuban Communist Party in 1932. She was a contributor to Juan Ramón Jiménez's 1936 anthology of Cuban poetry.[1] In the early 1950s she was a regular contributor to the bi-monthly Mujeres cubana [Cuban Women].[2] Her poetry was influenced by the criollismo of Nicolás Guillen and García Lorca's idea of the 'Romancero gitano', which Aguirre adapted to tell stories of revolutionary achievement.[3]


  • Presencia interior [Interior Presence], 1938
  • Influencia de la mujer en Iberoamerica [The Influence of Women In Latin America], 1948. Winner of the Iboamerican Floral Games.
  • Juegos y otros poema, [Games and other poems], 1974
  • "Juegos y otros Poemas," 1974
  • "La Obra Narrativa de Cervantes," 1971, 1978
  • Ayer de hoy [Yesterday of Today], 1980


  1. ^ a b Catherine Davies, A place in the sun?: women writers in twentieth-century Cuba, Zed Books, 1997, p. 22
  2. ^ Davies, p.26
  3. ^ 'Aguirre, Mirta (born 1912)', in Claire Buck, ed., Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature, pp. 258-9