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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