Authors Famous Authors from Cuba

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List of the most popular authors from Cuba, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Cuban authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Cuban writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Reinaldo Arenas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Before Night Falls, El central, Singing from the well
Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright who despite his early sympathy for Fidel Castro and the 1959 revolution, grew critical of and then rebelled against the Cuban
Severo Sarduy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Severo Sarduy Cobra and Maitreya, El Cristo de la rue Jacob, Obras I. Poesía
Severo Sarduy was a Cuban poet, author, playwright, and critic of Cuban literature and art.
Achy Obejas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories, Days of Awe, This Is What Happened in Our Other Life
Achy Obejas is a Cuban American writer and journalist focused on personal and national identity issues, living in Oakland, California. She frequently writes on her sexuality and nationality, and ...more
Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Fidel and religion, History Will Absolve Me, Fidel en la memoria del joven que es
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and ...more
Virgilio Piñera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Cold tales, René's flesh, Cold air
Virgilio Piñera Llera was a Cuban author, playwright, poet, short-story writer, and essayist. Among his most famous poems are "La isla en peso", and "La gran puta". He ...more
José Martí is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Manifesto of Montecristi, Inside the Monster, On education
José Julián Martí Pérez is a Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. In his short life, he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a ...more
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Estefan Kitchen, The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog, Noelle's Treasure Tale
Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan, known professionally as Gloria Estefan, is a Cuban American singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. She is one of the ...more
Alejo Carpentier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
The Kingdom of this World, Explosion in a Cathedral, Visión de América
Alejo Carpentier y Valmont was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous "boom" period. Born in Lausanne, ...more
Miguel Barnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Miguel Barnet Akeké y la jutía, Mapa del tiempo, When night is darkest
Miguel Angel Barnet Lanza is a Cuban writer, novelist and ethnographer. He studied sociology at the University of Havana, under Fernando Ortiz, the pioneer of Cuban anthropology, whose studies ...more
Paquito D'Rivera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
My sax life
Paquito D'Rivera is a alto saxophonist, clarinetist and soprano saxophonist. The winner of fourteen GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a ...more
Guillermo Cabrera Infante is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Puro Humo\/holly Smoke, Tres Tristes Tigres, Tierra Marcada\/Marking Territory
Guillermo Cabrera Infante was a Cuban novelist, essayist, translator, screenwriter, and critic; in the 1950s he used the pseudonym G. Caín. A one-time supporter of the Castro regime, ...more
Lydia Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Lydia Cabrera LA Medicina Popular De Cuba, LA Lengua Sagrada De Los Nanigos, Afro-Cuban tales =
Lydia Cabrera was a Cuban anthropologist and poet. Cabrera was a Cuban writer and literary activist. She was an authority on Santería and other Afro-Cuban religions. During her lifetime ...more
Ana Mendieta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Ana Mendieta
Ana Mendieta was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her "earth-body" art work. Originally born in Havana, Mendieta arrived in ...more
Leonardo Padura Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Máscaras, Un camino de medio siglo, Lo real maravilloso
Leonardo Padura Fuentes is a Cuban / Spanish novelist and journalist. As of 2007, he is one of Cuba's best known writers internationally. In English and some other languages, he is often ...more
René Echevarria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
René Echevarria is an American-Cuban screenwriter and producer. He has worked on a number of television series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dark Angel and Castle. He created ...more
Yanitzia Canetti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Yanitzia Canetti Cerdota Grandota/How Big Is a Pig, Hay Una Vaca Entre Las Coles / There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch, Una Isla Bajo El Sol
Yanitzia Canetti is a Cuban author, translator, and editor. Her published works include three novels, a collection of narrative short stories, and over 200 children's books. She has also ...more
Carlos Acosta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Tocororo, No Way Home
Carlos Yunior Acosta Quesada CBE is a Cuban-born British ballet dancer. He has danced with many companies including the English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Houston Ballet and ...more
José Raúl Capablanca is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Capablanca's eighteen select chess games, A primer of chess, Chess Fundamentals
José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he was renowned for his ...more
Rita Marley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
No woman, no cry
Alpharita Constantia "Rita" Marley, is a Cuban-Jamaican singer and the widow of Bob Marley. She was a member of the vocal group the I Threes, along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy ...more
Julieta Campos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Celina or the cats, The fear of losing Eurydice, She has reddish hair and her name is Sabina
Julieta Campos was a Cuban-Mexican writer. Born in Havana, she moved to Mexico in the 1950s after marrying diplomat Enrique González Pedrero. Julieta Campos won the Premio Xavier ...more
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera Havana Heat, Aguas sangrientas, Secretos sangrientos
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is a Cuban-born American writer. She has written ten novels including the Lupe Solano mystery series. Her latest novel is Magnolia. She was born in Havana in 1949. She ...more
Luis Santeiro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
The lady from Havana, Our lady of the tortilla
Luis Santeiro is a Cuban American television screenwriter and playwright born in Havana, Cuba, in 1948.
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga was a 19th-century Cuban-born Spanish writer.
Nilo Cruz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Anna in the Tropics, Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Beauty of the father
Nilo Cruz is a Cuban-American playwright and pedagogue. With his award of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Anna in the Tropics, he became the first Latino so honored.
Eduardo Machado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
The floating island plays, Once removed, The modern ladies of Guanabacoa
Eduardo Oscar Machado is a Cuban playwright living in the United States. Notable plays by Machado include Broken Eggs, Havana is Waiting and The Cook. Many of his plays are autobiographical or ...more