Susannah Rodríguez Drissi is an award-winning Cuban poet, writer, playwright, translator, director, producer, and scholar. A lecturer in UCLA’s Writing Programs, she is finishing a book titled Moorish Cuba: The Arab & Islamic Presence in Cuban Literature & Culture from the 1830s to the Present. In addition to numerous academic articles and books chapters, her poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in anthologies such as In Season — Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places in Between; and journals such as Saw Palm, Literal Magazine, Diario de Cuba (Madrid), SX Salon, Raising Mothers, Acentos Review and Cuba Counterpoints, among others. Her first novel, Until We’re Fish, has been selected as one of the finalists for Veliz Books’s 2018–2019 fiction publication. Her award-winning play, Houses Without Walls, premiered to a sold-out audience at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. She is a UC-Cuba Affiliate Scholar since 2012 and contributing member of UC-Cuba Educational Initiative since 2008. She is associate and literary editor at Cuba Counterpoints, a new journal dedicated to dynamic analysis and commentary on Cuban affairs.
Writing Cuba: An Interview with Leonardo Padura
Susannah Rodríguez Drissi talks to Leonardo Padura about his childhood in Cuba, his writing process, and his experience with self-censorship....