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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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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Cuba?" and "Who are the best Cuban authors?"

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  • Reinaldo Arenas1

    Reinaldo Arenas

    Before Night Falls, El central

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Oriente Province, Cuba



    Reinaldo Arenas (July 16, 1943 – December 7, 1990) was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright... more on Wikipedia
  • Severo Sarduy2

    Severo Sarduy

    Cobra and Maitreya, El Cristo de la rue Jacob

    BirthplaceCamagüey, Cuba



    Severo Sarduy (25 February 1937, Camagüey, Cuba – 8 June 1993, Paris) was a Cuban poet,... more on Wikipedia
  • Achy Obejas3

    Achy Obejas

    We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories, Days of Awe

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba


    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    Achy Obejas (born June 28, 1956) is a Cuban-American writer and translator focused on personal... more on Wikipedia
  • Fidel Castro4

    Fidel Castro

    Fidel and religion, History Will Absolve Me

    BirthplaceBirán, Cuba



    Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈxandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus]; 13 August 1926... more on Wikipedia

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  • Virgilio Piñera5

    Virgilio Piñera

    Cold tales, René's flesh

    BirthplaceCárdenas, Cuba



    Virgilio Piñera Llera (Cárdenas, Cuba, August 4, 1912 – Havana, October 18, 1979) was a Cuban... more on Wikipedia
  • José Martí6

    José Martí

    Manifesto of Montecristi, Inside the Monster

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    NationalitySpain, Cuba

    José Julián Martí Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse maɾˈti]; January 28, 1853 – May 19,... more on Wikipedia
  • Gloria Estefan7

    Gloria Estefan

    Estefan Kitchen, The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    Gloria Estefan (born September 1, 1957) is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, actress, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alejo Carpentier8

    Alejo Carpentier

    The Kingdom of this World, Explosion in a Cathedral

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba



    Alejo Carpentier y Valmont (December 26, 1904 – April 24, 1980) was a Cuban novelist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Miguel Barnet9

    Miguel Barnet

    Akeké y la jutía, Mapa del tiempo

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba



    Miguel Ángel Barnet Lanza (born January 28, 1940) is a Cuban writer, novelist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Paquito D'Rivera10

    Paquito D'Rivera

    My sax life

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba



    Paquito D'Rivera (born 4 June 1948) is a Cuban-born American saxophonist, clarinetist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Guillermo Cabrera Infante11

    Guillermo Cabrera Infante

    Puro Humo\/holly Smoke, Tres Tristes Tigres

    BirthplaceGibara, Cuba


    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Cuba

    Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡiˈʎeɾmo kaˈβɾeɾa iɱˈfante]; Gibara, 22... more on Wikipedia
  • Lydia Cabrera12

    Lydia Cabrera

    LA Medicina Popular De Cuba, LA Lengua Sagrada De Los Nanigos

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba



    Lydia Cabrera (May 20, 1899 in Havana, Cuba – September 19, 1991 in Miami, Florida) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ana Mendieta13

    Ana Mendieta

    Ana Mendieta

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    Ana Mendieta (November 18, 1948 – September 8, 1985) was a Cuban American performance artist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Leonardo Padura Fuentes14

    Leonardo Padura Fuentes

    Máscaras, Un camino de medio siglo

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba



    Leonardo de la Caridad Padura Fuentes (born on October 10th, 1955) is a Cuban novelist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    René Echevarria is a Cuban-American screenwriter and producer. He has worked on a number of... more on Wikipedia
  • Yanitzia Canetti16

    Yanitzia Canetti

    Cerdota Grandota/How Big Is a Pig, Hay Una Vaca Entre Las Coles / There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, North America, Caribbean Sea, Americas, Greater Antilles



    Yanitzia Canetti (born 1967 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban author, translator, and editor. Her... more on Wikipedia
  • Carlos Acosta17

    Carlos Acosta

    Tocororo, No Way Home

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba



    Carlos Yunior Acosta Quesada CBE (born 2 June 1973) is a Cuban ballet dancer. He has danced... more on Wikipedia
  • José Raúl Capablanca18

    José Raúl Capablanca

    Capablanca's eighteen select chess games, A primer of chess

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba



    José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera (19 November 1888 – 8 March 1942) was a Cuban chess player who... more on Wikipedia
  • Rita Marley19

    Rita Marley

    No woman, no cry

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Cuba Island, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba



    Alpharita Constantia "Rita" Marley, OD (née Anderson; born 25 July 1946), is a Cuban-born... more on Wikipedia
  • Julieta Campos20

    Julieta Campos

    Celina or the cats, The fear of losing Eurydice

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    NationalityCuba, Mexico

    Julieta Campos (8 May 1932 – 5 September 2007) was a Cuban-Mexican writer.
  • 21

    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

    Havana Heat, Aguas sangrientas

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (born July 13, 1949) is an American writer born in Havana, Cuba on... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Luis Santeiro

    The lady from Havana, Our lady of the tortilla

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba



    Luis Santeiro is a Cuban American television screenwriter and playwright born in Havana, Cuba,... more on Wikipedia
  • Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda23

    BirthplaceCamagüey, Cuba


    NationalitySpain, Cuba

    Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga (March 23, 1814 – February 1, 1873) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Nilo Cruz24

    Nilo Cruz

    Anna in the Tropics, Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams

    BirthplaceMatanzas, Cuba


    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    Nilo Cruz (born 1960) is a Cuban-American playwright and pedagogue. With his award of the 2003... more on Wikipedia
  • Eduardo Machado25

    Eduardo Machado

    The floating island plays, Once removed

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    Eduardo Oscar Machado (born June 11, 1953) is a Cuban playwright living in the United States.... more on Wikipedia