Archive for the ‘Cuba’ Category

Interlitq publishes an extract from Ameland by Hernán Neira, translated by Peter Robertson

La Vista by Lydia Rubio

Interlitq publishes an extract from Ameland by Hernan Neira, translated from the Spanish into the English by Peter Robertson. Artwork by Lydia Rubio.


Interlitq publishes 5 poems by Elizabeth Rimmer

Elizabeth Rimmer

Interlitq publishes 5 poems by Elizabeth Rimmer (Poetic Voices series).

Artwork by Lydia Rubio.

Donald Trump calls Fidel Castro ‘brutal dictator’

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959

Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro was a “brutal dictator”, US President-elect Donald Trump has said, hours after the 90-year-old’s death was announced.

Mr Trump, who takes office in January, said he hoped Cubans could move towards a freer future.

Castro came to power in 1959 and ushered in a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

Supporters said he returned Cuba to the people. Critics called him a dictator.

His brother Raul, who succeeded him as president, announced his death on state television on Friday night.

Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, dies at 90

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Kevin Sullivan and J.Y. Smith write:

Fidel Castro, whose Cuban revolution turned his Caribbean island into a potent symbol of the world’s greatest ideological and economic divides of the 20th century, has died, Cuban state media announced late Friday. He was 90.

The death was announced on Cuban state TV by Castro’s younger brother, Raúl, who succeeded his sibling years ago as the country’s leader.

The son of a prosperous sugar planter, Mr. Castro took power in Cuba on New Year’s Day 1959 promising to share his nation’s wealth with its poorest citizens, who had suffered under the corrupt quarter-century dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Mr. Castro, a romantic figure in olive-drab fatigues and combat boots, chomping monstrous cigars through a bushy black beard, became a spiritual beacon for the world’s political far left.

Event: “An Evening with Richard Blanco”, to be held at the Americas Society in NYC on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7pm

Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco

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Event: “An Evening with Richard Blanco”, to be held at the Americas Society (of which Interlitq is a Collaborating Institution) in NYC on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7pm.

Admission: Free for Americas Society Members; $10 for non-members. Not yet an AS member? Join now!

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Celebrated Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco will discuss his critically acclaimed memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos (Ecco Press). Blanco was the youngest poet ever to read at a presidential inauguration when he read for President Obama in January 2013, as well as the first Latino, the first immigrant, and the first openly gay poet to be awarded that commission. With the Cuban Cultural Center of New York and Ecco Press.

This event will be held in English.

Event Information: Department of Literature | | 212-277-8353
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 212-277-8384

Richard Blanco (b. 1968, Madrid) emigrated from Spain as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to Miami, where he was raised and educated. An accomplished author, engineer, and educator, Blanco is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received honorary doctorates from prestigious institutions. In 2013, Blanco was chosen as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino and first gay writer to hold the honor. His prize-winning books of poems and prose include City of a Hundred Fires (1997), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013), andThe Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood (2014). Blanco was most recently honored as featured speaker at the historic reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015, where he read ‘Matters of the Sea,’ a poem written for the occasion. For more information about the poet, visit

Praise for The Prince of Los Cocuyos
“In this vibrant memoir, . . . Richard Blanco tenderly, exhilaratingly chronicles his Miami childhood . . . as well as his quest to find his artistic voice and the courage to accept himself as a gay man.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“. . . equal parts touching, heart-ache-inducing, and laugh-out-loud funny.”—The Daily Beast

“A warm, emotionally intimate memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Blanco has a natural, unforced style that allows his characters’ vibrancy and humor to shine through.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Filled with colorful characters, often poignant and sometimes melancholy, Blanco’s episodic memoir is a meditation on belonging, on self-acceptance, and on his family’s almost mystical connection to Cuba.”—Booklist