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Famous Writers from Cuba

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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.
  • Fidel Castro1

    BirthplaceBirán, Cuba


    WorksFidel Castro, Volverán a prevalecer las ideas progresistas, The world crisis, Análisís histórico de la revolución cubana, La honda de David

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

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  • Virgilio Piñera2

    Virgilio Piñera

    Dec. at 67 (1912-1979)

    BirthplaceCárdenas, Cuba


    WorksRené's flesh, Cold tales, Cold air, Meat

    Virgilio Piñera Llera (Cárdenas, Cuba, August 4, 1912 – Havana, October 18, 1979) was a Cuban... more on Wikipedia
  • Gloria Estefan3

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    WorksEstefan Kitchen, The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Noelle's Treasure Tale, The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog

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

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  • Andy García4

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    WorksHemingway & Fuentes

    Andrés Arturo García Menéndez (born April 12, 1956) is an American actor and director of Cuban... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tomás Milián5

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    WorksDestruction Force

    Tomas Milian (born Tomás Quintín Rodriguez-Varona Milian Salinas De La Fé y Alvarez De La... more on Wikipedia
  • José Martí6

    José Martí

    Dec. at 42 (1853-1895)

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    NationalitySpain, Cuba

    WorksInside the Monster, Tu Martí, Lecturas para niños, Tallar en nubes, Nuestra America

    José Julián Martí Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse maɾˈti]; January 28, 1853 – May 19,... more on Wikipedia
  • Paquito D'Rivera7

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    WorksMy sax life

    Paquito D'Rivera (born 4 June 1948) is a Cuban-born American saxophonist, clarinetist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alejo Carpentier8

    Alejo Carpentier

    Dec. at 76 (1904-1980)

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba


    WorksThe Kingdom of this World, Explosion in a Cathedral, El Arpa y La Sombra, La música en Cuba, Le Partage des eaux

    Alejo Carpentier y Valmont (December 26, 1904 – April 24, 1980) was a Cuban novelist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Eduardo Sánchez9


    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    WorksThe Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly, Curse of the Blair Witch, V/H/S/2

    Eduardo Sánchez may refer to: Eduardo Sánchez (composer) Eduardo Sánchez (baseball) (born... more on Wikipedia
  • Reinaldo Arenas10

    Reinaldo Arenas

    Dec. at 47 (1943-1990)

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Oriente Province, Cuba


    WorksPalace of the White Skunks, Farewell to the Sea, Before Night Falls, El central, The Doorman

    Reinaldo Arenas (July 16, 1943 – December 7, 1990) was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Bergman11

    BirthplaceGuantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba

    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    WorksAmericathon, J-Men Forever

    Peter Michael Bergman (born June 11, 1953) is an American actor best known for his portrayals... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    René Echevarria is a Cuban-American screenwriter and producer. He has worked on a number of... more on Wikipedia
  • Juan Carlos Tabío13

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    WorksGuantanamera, Horn of Plenty, Plaff!, Up to a Certain Point

    Juan Carlos Tabío is a Cuban film director and screenwriter. His film Strawberry and Chocolate... more on Wikipedia
  • Fernando Pérez14

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    WorksLife Is to Whistle, Suite Habana, Madagascar

    Fernando Pérez may refer to: Fernando Pérez de Traba (c. 1090–c. 1155), medieval... more on Wikipedia
  • Guillermo Cabrera Infante15

    Guillermo Cabrera Infante

    Dec. at 76 (1929-2005)

    BirthplaceGibara, Cuba

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Cuba

    WorksVanishing Point, The Lost City, Wonderwall, Puro Humo\/holly Smoke, Tierra Marcada\/Marking Territory

    Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡiˈʎeɾmo kaˈβɾeɾa iɱˈfante]; Gibara, 22... more on Wikipedia
  • Humberto Solás16

    Humberto Solás

    Dec. at 67 (1941-2008)

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba



    Humberto Solás (4 December 1941 – 18 September 2008) was a Cuban film director, credited with... more on Wikipedia
  • Rita Marley17

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


    WorksNo woman, no cry

    Alpharita Constantia "Rita" Marley, OD (née Anderson; born 25 July 1946), is a Cuban-born... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Ivan Moffat

    Dec. at 84 (1918-2002)

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    WorksGiant, Black Sunday, They Came to Cordura, The Challenge, Hitler: The Last Ten Days

    Ivan Romilly Moffat (18 February 1918 – 4 July 2002) was a British screenwriter, film producer... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    WorksPaper Birds

    Emilio Aragón is a film score composer, actor, film director and film producer.
  • Leonardo Padura Fuentes20

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba


    Works7 Days in Havana, Passé parfait, Máscaras, Un camino de medio siglo, Paisaje de otoño

    Leonardo de la Caridad Padura Fuentes (born on October 10th, 1955) is a Cuban novelist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Gerardo Chijona21

    Gerardo Chijona

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    WorksKid Chocolate, Ticket to Paradise

    Gerardo Chijona is a film director and screenwriter.
  • 22

    BirthplacePalma Soriano, Cuba


    WorksFerozz: The Wild Red Riding Hood

    Jorge Molina may refer to: Jorge Molina Enríquez (born 1966), Cuban film director Jorge... more on Wikipedia
  • Nilo Cruz23

    Nilo Cruz

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceMatanzas, Cuba

    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    WorksHortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Anna in the Tropics, Sotto Voce, Beauty of the father, Night train to Bolina

    Nilo Cruz (born 1960) is a Cuban-American playwright and pedagogue. With his award of the 2003... more on Wikipedia
  • Achy Obejas24

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Havana, Cuba Island, Cuba

    NationalityUnited States of America, Cuba

    WorksWe Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories, Days of Awe, This Is What Happened in Our Other Life, Memory Mambo, Havana Noir

    Achy Obejas (born June 28, 1956) is a Cuban-American writer and translator focused on personal... more on Wikipedia
  • Carlos Acosta25

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba


    WorksTocororo, No Way Home

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