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List of famous writers from Cuba, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Cuba is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Cuban writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Cuba and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This is a list that includes writers like Fernando Pérez and Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Cuban writers?" and "Which writers are from Cuba?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Cuba in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Cuba, but they're all of Cuba descent.

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Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 92 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) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 67 (1912-1979) 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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Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 61 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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Andy García is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 62 Andrés Arturo García Menéndez, professionally known as Andy Garcia, is a Cuban-American actor and director. He became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in ...more

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Tomás Milián is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 85 Tomás Milián is a Cuban-American actor, best known for having worked extensively in Italian films from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.

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José Martí is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 42 (1853-1895) 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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Paquito D'Rivera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 70 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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Alejo Carpentier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 76 (1904-1980) 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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Eduardo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 51 Eduardo Miguel Sánchez-Quiros is a Cuban-born American director, most famous for co-directing and writing the 1999 psychological horror The Blair Witch Project with Daniel Myrick. Born in ...more

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Reinaldo Arenas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 47 (1943-1990) 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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Peter Bergman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 65 Peter Michael Bergman is an American actor best known for his portrayals as Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children as well as Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless.

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René Echevarria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers 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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Juan Carlos Tabío is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 75 Juan Carlos Tabío is a Cuban film director and screenwriter. His film Strawberry and Chocolate, which he co-directed with Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, won a Silver Bear - Special ...more

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Fernando Pérez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 74 Fernando Pérez Valdés is a prominent Cuban film director. Pérez graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Language and Spanish Literature, and began working ...more

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Guillermo Cabrera Infante is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 76 (1929-2005) 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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Humberto Solás is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 67 (1941-2008) Humberto Solás was a Cuban film director, credited with directing the classic film Lucía, which explored the lives of Cuban women during different periods in Cuban history. His ...more

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Rita Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 72 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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Ivan Moffat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 84 (1918-2002) Ivan Romilly Moffat was a British screenwriter, film producer and socialite who, with Fred Guiol, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for adapting Edna Ferber's ...more

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Emilio Aragón is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 59 Emilio Aragón is a film score composer, actor, film director and film producer.

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Leonardo Padura Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 63 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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Gerardo Chijona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Gerardo Chijona age 69 Gerardo Chijona is a film director and screenwriter.

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Jorge Molina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 52 Jorge Molina Enríquez is a Cuban actor and film director. After studying cinema in the USSR, he graduated from the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television, known as EICTV. His thesis ...more

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Nilo Cruz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 58 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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Achy Obejas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 62 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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Carlos Acosta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 45 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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Julieta Campos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 75 (1932-2007) 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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Severo Sarduy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Severo Sarduy Died at 56 (1937-1993) Severo Sarduy was a Cuban poet, author, playwright, and critic of Cuban literature and art.

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Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera age 69 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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Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 59 (1814-1873) Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga was a 19th-century Cuban-born Spanish writer.

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Eduardo Machado is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 65 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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Enrique Pineda Barnet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Enrique Pineda Barnet age 85 Enrique Pineda Barnet is a novelist, film director and screenwriter.

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Daniel Díaz Torres is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Daniel Díaz Torres Died at 65 (1948-2013) Daniel Díaz Torres was a Cuban film director and screenwriter. He directed 16 films since 1975. His 1985 film Wild Dogs was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.

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Miguel Barnet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Miguel Barnet age 78 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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Jorge Saralegui is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Jorge Saralegui Jorge Saralegui is a film producer and film writer.

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Juan Padrón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 71 Juan Padrón is a Cuban animation director. Since 1963 he has published sketches and cartoons for Cuban magazines and newspapers. He was the creator, in 1970, of Elpidio Valdés, a ...more

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Lydia Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Lydia Cabrera Died at 92 (1899-1991) 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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Alberto Bayo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 75 (1892-1967) 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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María Irene Fornés is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 88 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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Ana Mendieta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 37 (1948-1985) 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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Miguel Coyula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Miguel Coyula age 41 Miguel Coyula Aquino is a Cuban filmmaker and writer. At age 17, he made his first short with a VHS camcorder, which led to his admittance to Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television of San ...more

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Dionisio D. Martinez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 62 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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José Raúl Capablanca is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 54 (1888-1942) 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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Enrique Martinez Celaya is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
age 54 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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Alba de Céspedes y Bertini is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 86 (1911-1997) Alba de Céspedes y Bertini was a Cuban-Italian writer.

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Eliseo Alberto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Eliseo Alberto Died at 60 (1951-2011) Eliseo Alberto de Diego García Marruz was a Cuban-born Mexican writer, novelist, essayist and journalist. His numerous works include the novel Caracol Beach. Alberto was nicknamed Lichi.

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Fulgencio Batista is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 72 (1901-1973) 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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Humberto Padrón is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Humberto Padrón age 51 Humberto Padrón is a Cuban film director. Padrón graduated from ISA in Havana. He has since directed several awards winning documentary shorts including "Y Todavia el ...more

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Arturo Sotto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Arturo Sotto age 51 Arturo Sotto is a film director and screenwriter.

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Mario Llerena is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 93 (1913-2006) 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) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Cuba
Died at 47 (1868-1915) 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