Writers 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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Sab Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga was a 19th-century Cuban-born Spanish writer.

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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.

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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

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María Irene Fornés is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Fefu and Her Friends, Abingdon Square, Plays María Irene Fornés is a Cuban-American avant garde playwright and director who was a leading figure of the Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 1960s. Fornés' themes focused on ...more

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Zoé Valdés is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Zoé Valdés Café Nostalgia, Nada Cotidiana, Dir gehört mein Leben Zoé Valdés is a Cuban writer. She studied at the Instituto Superior Pedagógico Enrique José Varona, but did not graduate. From 1984 to 1988, she worked for the ...more

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Alba de Céspedes y Bertini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Remorse, The secret, Quaderno proibito Alba de Céspedes y Bertini was a Cuban-Italian writer.

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Fulgencio Batista is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Cuba betrayed, The growth and decline of the Cuban Republic Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar was the elected President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, and dictator from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown as a result of the Cuban Revolution. Batista ...more

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Alberto Bayo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Alberto Bayo y Giroud was a Cuban military leader of the defeated left-wing Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War. He was also a poet and essayist. He was born in Cuba and studied in the United ...more

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Wifredo Lam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Wifredo Lam Wifredo Lam Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla, better known as Wifredo Lam, was a Cuban artist who sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. Inspired ...more

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H. G. Carrillo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
H. G. Carrillo Loosing my Espanish Herman "H.G." Carrillo is an Afro-Cuban American writer and Assistant Professor of English at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Central to Carrillo's writing is the ...more

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José Lezama Lima is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Paradiso, José Lezama Lima José Lezama Lima was a Cuban writer and poet who is considered one of the most influential figures in Latin American literature.

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Carlos Franqui is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Diary of the Cuban revolution, The twelve Carlos Franqui was a Cuban writer, poet, journalist, art critic, and political activist. After the Fulgencio Batista coup in 1952, he became involved with the "Movimiento 26 de Julio" ...more

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Daína Chaviano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
The Island of Eternal Love Daína Chaviano is a Cuban writer. She is considered one of the three most important female fantasy and science fiction writers in the Spanish language, along with Angélica ...more

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Dionisio D. Martinez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Climbing Back, History As a Second Language Dionisio D. Martinez, is a Cuban-born poet who grew up speaking Spanish, raised first in Spain, then in the United States. His work appeared in American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Georgia ...more

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Alberto González is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Alberto González Vicente Had to House a Relative Alberto González was a humorist and iconoclast; known for his biting political satire and popular comedy shows, he was a prolific writer, journalist, and scriptwriter during a career that ...more

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Thomas Jordan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
The campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. N. B. Forrest, and of Forrest's Calvary Thomas Jordan was a Confederate general and major operative in the network of Confederate spies during the American Civil War. A career soldier in the armies of three nations, he had previously ...more

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Pablo Armando Fernández is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Pablo Armando Fernández Los niños se despiden, Campo de amor y de batalla, Salterio y lamentación Pablo Armando Fernández is a Cuban poet, novelist, essayist and playwright. In 1996, he was award the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award and most important ...more

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Ricardo Pau-Llosa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Ricardo Pau-Llosa Facts and Fables by Luis Medina, Photographer, Vereda Tropical Ricardo Pau-Llosa is a Cuban-American poet, art critic of Latin American art in the US and Europe, and author of short fiction.

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Enrique Martinez Celaya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Enrique Martínez Celaya Enrique Martínez Celaya is an artist whose work consists of paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, and prose presented in contexts he calls Environments. His artistic project pushes ...more

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Mario Llerena is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
The unsuspected revolution Rafael Mario Ramón Llerena was a Cuban intellectual who worked alongside Fidel Castro to topple Fulgencio Batista but, opposing communism, broke with Castro after he gained power. Llerena ...more

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Gonzalo de Quesada y Aróstegui is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Arbitration in Latin America Gonzalo de Quesada was a key architect of Cuba's Independence Movement with José Martí during the late 19th century. He received the National Order of the Legion of Honour of

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Nancy Morejón is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Black woman and other poems, Cantico de la huella, Where the island sleeps like a wing Nancy Morejón is a Cuban poet, critic, essayist. She graduated with honors at the University of Havana, having studied Caribbean and French Literature, and she is fluent in French and ...more

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Lisandro Otero is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Lisandro Otero Cultural policy in Cuba Lisandro Otero González was a Cuban novelist and journalist.

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Pedro Juan Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Dirty Havana trilogy Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, born 27 January 1950 in Matanzas, Cuba, is a Cuban novelist.

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Eduardo Manet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Eduardo Manet 'The nuns', Song of the errant heart Eduardo Manet is a Cuban-born novelist and playwright writing in French. His work has been translated into over 20 languages.

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Sandra M. Castillo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
My father sings, to my embarrassment Sandra M. Castillo is a poet and South Florida resident. She was born in Havana, Cuba and left the island of her birth on one of the last of President Johnson’s Freedom Flights. She attended ...more

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Jose Manuel Prieto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Jose Manuel Prieto Rex, Nocturnal butterflies of the Russian Empire Jose Manuel Prieto is a Cuban novelist, translator and scholar.

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Kcho is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Cuba
Kcho Kcho KCHO, Born 'Alexis Leiva Machado on the Isla de Pinos is a contemporary Cuban artist. Kcho has had art showings around the world. He first attracted international attention by winning the grand ...more