Award-winning Cuban writer Mirta Yáñez will read from her work on Wednesday, Oct. 8. For more than four decades, Yáñez has been a distinguished participant in Cuban literary cultural and academic scenes. She has won numerous awards for literature and, on four occasions, received the prestigious Critics’ Prize in Cuba. The reading will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library and a question and answer session will follow.
Yáñez has written in a variety of genres, including short stories, poetry and the essay. To date, her most recent literary work and achievement was for her novel, “Sangra por la herida” (“The Bleeding Wound”), which in 2012 was awarded the Critic’s Choice Prize for Literature in Cuba. She is the author of five novels as well as a number of books of children’s literature. Her non-literary writing includes a book on pre-Colombian literature and a critical anthology of romantic narrative in Latin America. She has also written screenplays for Cuban TV and cinema. A film, “Madagascar” (1994) is based on her short story “Beatles contra Duran Duran” and tells the story of a Havana University Physics Professor’s torturous relationship with her daughter during the post-revolutionary period in Cuba.
Recently, she has been directing her attention to her writing and the promotion of Cuban women writers. She is a standing member of the editorial board for the independent book press, Cubanabooks, “Publishing great books by Cuban women.”
Yáñez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1947. After completing a prep school for gifted and talented adolescents, she attended the University of Havana in 1965 where she earned her B.A. in humanities and a Ph.D. in philological sciences. Her area of specialization is in Cuban literature with a secondary focus on feminine discourse. Yáñez retired as a professor at the University of Havana.
Her talk is sponsored by Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, the English Department, Trias Writers series, Women’s Studies Department, and the Office of Intercultural Affairs.