Pablo Medina

Pablo Medina is a Cuban American poet and novelist, Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College and Director of its MFA Program.[1][2]


Medina was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to New York City in 1960.[3] He received an M.A. degree from Georgetown University.[1][4]

Pork Rind and Cuban Songs (1975), Medina’s first collection of poems, was the first publication by a Cuban author written directly from the English language.[4] His memoir, Exiled Memories (1990), was the first of several autobiographical accounts to be published from the generation of Cubans who emigrated to the United States after the Cuban Revolution. Medina chronicles early memories from his childhood in Cuba as well as his arrival in New York City; the memoir is a personal reflection on his own self-identity, irreconcilably divided between Cuban and American culture.[3] Among his recent publications are a collection of translated poems by Virgilio Piñera, The Weight of the Island: Selected Poems of Virgilio Piñera (2015) and a collection of original poems, Island History: Poems (2015), The Cuban Comedy (2019).[5]

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  1. ^ a b Emerson College Faculty. "Pablo Medina".
  2. ^ Gonzáles, Rigoberto. "The Cuban Novels of Pablo Medina". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Alvarez-Borland, Isabel (1998). Cuban-American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona. Charlotteville: University of Virginia Press. ISBN 978-0-8139-1813-6.
  4. ^ a b "Pablo Medina – Lavender Ink".
  5. ^ "Pablo Medina - Writer". Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Association of Writers & Writing Programs". Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Rockefeller Foundation". Rockefeller Foundation. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  8. ^ "New School for Social Research". New School for Social Research. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest". Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  10. ^ "National Endowment for the Arts". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  11. ^ "George Washington Columbian College of Arts & Sciences". George Washington Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Oscar B. Cintas Foundation". Oscar B. Cintas Foundation. Retrieved 16 April 2015.

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