Cuban Writer & Journalist María Elena Llana on tour in US

Oct 28, 2015 by

Born in the Cienfuegos province in 1936 and moved to Havana in 1940, María Elena Llana was educated in Catholic elementary and high schools and later studied journalism and art. In 1959, having graduated with a degree in journalism, she worked in different areas of the press, fundamentally Prensa Latina. She specialized in cultural reporting and on Asia, visiting Europe and Latin America and stationed for extended periods in Vietnam and China.

Llana published her first collection of short stories in 1965. She continued writing during the seventies, but more for herself, as the state did not favor the magical or fantastic during those years. Llana’s experience writing radio programming set her up to teach radio writing in Cuba and in Mexico. Later, she continued her career as a journalist and short fiction writer. Llana’s work has been published widely in Cuba and in translation and has been the subject of doctoral theses in Cuba, Spain, United States and México and articles in literary journals such as the La Gaceta de Cuba and the Latin American Literary Review.

Itinerary for María Elena LLana
  • 10/20 10:00-11:00 am Book signing, Valdosta Public Library, 300 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602
  • 10/20 6:00 pm “A Conversation with María Elena” Valdosta State University, GA
  • 10/22 7:00 pm “In the Family?” Reading from Domicilio habanero/Address in Havana and viewing of PBS “fotonovela” adaptation Allegheny College, PA
  • 10/23 12:00 noon Lunchtime table talk with Unión Latina, “Herencias y diferencias culturales” Allegheny College, PA
  • 10/26 3:15-5:05 “Those that neither left nor Stayed Behind: Life in Revolutionary Cuba” Anisfield School of Business #219, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • 10/30 10:00-10:50 am Classroom Visit: Tania Perez Cano, Cuban Short Story, University of Pittsburgh
    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  4217 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
  • 11/4 5:30-6:30 pm “Working with the Revolución: The Early Sixties and the Shifting Politics of Cultural Production” IUPUI Multicultural Center, Taylor Hall 104 (Reception to follow) Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • 11/7 2-3:30 pm, Bilingual Reading and Q&A Oakland Public Library, César Chávez Branch, Meeting Room
  • 11/8 12-2 pm, Keynote for the Women’s Conference, BMU Auditorium, California State University, Chico
  • 11/9 6-7 pm, Bilingual Reading Keynote for the Segundo Simposio de literatura y cultura hispana, BMU 203, (Reception to follow) California State University, Chico
  • 11/20 2:00 pm Meeting with community members, La Gaceta Newspaper, Ybor City, FL
  • 11/23 5-6:30, Reading and book signing in the AULA Maria Zambrano, Cooper 459, Department of World Languages and the Department of English, University of South Florida

CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHIMSICAL SHORT STORY “ROOMS“. [HAZ CLIC AQUI PARA LEER EL CUENTO IMAGINATIVO “LOS CUARTOS”]

CHECK OUT A REVIEW OF THE AUTHOR’S BILINGUAL COLLECTION AN ADDRESS IN HAVANA/DOMICILIO HABANERO!

LEE LA ENTREVISTA QUE LA PERIODISTA HELEN HERNANDEZ HORMILLA LE HACE A SU COMPATRIOTA Y COLLEGA–EN LA JIRIBILLA

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