Reina María Rodríguez was born in Havana
in 1952, less than a decade before the Cuban revolution. Over the years, she
struggled to establish a questioning, experimental poetics that both expresses
and questions the values of contemporary Cuban culture. In Cuba, Rodríguez is
now recognized as both a major poet and as an advocate for alternative
(non-state) cultural spaces. She used her rooftop home, informally known as La
Azotea de Reina, as an intellectual salon that has been important in Havana for
more than two decades. Among Rodríguez' publications are La gente de mi barrio
(1978); Cuando una mujer no duerme (UNEAC, 1980; Para un cordero blanco (1984);
En la arena de Padua (1992); Páramos (1993); La foto del invernadero (1988);
and the more recent Variedades de Galiano (2008) and Otras Mitologías (2014).
Winner of two Casa de las Américas prizes (1984, 1998), three National Critics'
Awards (1992,1995,1999), and two Julián de Casal Prizes (1980, 1983) for
poetry, Reina María Rodríguez has been recognized in 2013 with the National
Este evento es organizado en colaboración con el Cuban Research Institute de FIU