Pablo Medina

Cuban-born, Pablo Medina is the author of sixteen books, among them the poetry collections The island Kingdom and The Man Who Wrote on Water; the novels Cubop City Blues and The Cigar Roller; and the collection of translations from the Spanish of Virgilio Piñera The Weight of the Island. In 2008, Medina and fellow poet Mark Statman published a new English version of García Lorca’s Poet in New York, which was called "the definitive version of Lorca's masterpiece" by John Ashbery. Acclaimed as “lyrical and powerfully evocative” and “deserving a prominent spot in today’s literature of exile,” Medina’s work has appeared in various languages, among them Spanish, French, German, and Arabic, and in magazines and periodicals throughout the world.  Winner of numerous awards for his work, including grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and others, Medina is professor of fiction and poetry and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston.