Rafaela Chacón Nardi

Rafaela Chacón Nardi (February 24, 1926 – March 11, 2001) was a Cuban poet and educator. She was the author of more than 30 books. In 1971, at the request of UNESCO, she founded Grupo de Expresión Creadora (Creative Expression Group). She directed the Clubes de Promoción a la Lectura (Reading Promotion Clubs) for blind and low vision adolescents in Cuba. She was the recipient of the Alejo Carpentier medal.[1][2]

Rafaela Chacón Nardi
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Born(1926-02-24)February 24, 1926
DiedMarch 11, 2001(2001-03-11) (aged 75)
Havana, Cuba
OccupationPoet, educator


Nardi was born in Havana, Cuba, on February 24, 1926. She studied to be a teacher and then became a professor at Escuela Normal para Maestros, Universidad de La Habana, and Universidad Las Villas.[1]

In 1948 she published her first volume of poems, Journey to the Dream. This work was reprinted in 1957, including the text of a letter Gabriela Mistral praising the poetry.[3]

In 1971 based on her interest in design and development of educational activities for children with disabilities Nardi founded the Grupo de Expresión Creadora.[1] She also organized children's workshops for the study of the work of José Martí.[4]

Nardi died on March 11, 2001, in Havana, Cuba.[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

Her publications include:[2]

  • Viaje al sueño (1948 and 1957 in expanded edition)
  • Del silencio y las voces (1978)
  • Coral del aire (1982)
  • Una mujer desde su isla canta (1994)
  • Vuelta de hoja (1995)
  • Mínimo paraíso (1997)
  • Del íntimo esplendor (2000)
  • Ámbito de amar (posthumous, 2006)


  1. ^ a b c Sanmartín, Josep. "Rafaela Chacón Nardi, 1926 – 2001". Centro de Estudios Filosóficos, Políticos y Sociales Vicente Lombardo Toledano. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Rafaela Chacón Nardi". EcuRed. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Vida y obra de Rafaela Chacón Nardi (1926 – 2001), hasta 1959". Cultura Cubana. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Suárez, Raúl Quintana; Martín, Bernardo Herrera. "Rafaela Chacón Nardi". Reseñas Biográficas de Figuras Significativas en la Historia de Cuba. www.eumed.net. Retrieved February 16, 2018.