Dariel Suarez

"An important emerging voice in the Literature of the Americas." Brown University Latina/o Studies.

Photos From My Trip to Cuba

In May of this year, Alina (my wife) and I made a 10-day trip to Cuba. It was the first time back for me after 18 years, and 12 for her. We stayed at the house where I grew up (we actually slept in what used to be my parents’ bedroom). As someone who writes about Cuba, this journey back was more than a personal reconnection with my native home, members of my family, and childhood friends. It was an opportunity to see, in real life, places that I remembered or had imagined while writing about them in my stories and novel.

Here are a few photos (from the hundreds!) we took while there.


El Capitolio and old cars: what most tourists get to see.


Cops harassing local vendors: what tourists don’t always see.


Teatro Mella: the setting for the opening of my novel.


Coppelia ice cream parlor: another setting in my novel.


View of El Vedado, el Malecon, and the U.S. embassy.


My best friend from my childhood took Alina and me on a ride around Havana in his Russian Jupiter motorcycle with sidecar. One of the coolest experiences we had.


Bumped into Ky-Mani Marley (one of Bob Marley’s sons) at a bar in Old Havana. We spoke briefly about our mutual love for the island and its people.

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How so many people live just blocks away from the tourist areas.


Side street in Centro Habana, as viewed from El Paseo del Prado.


The sad state of the block where I grew up.


The Cuban countryside.


Havana’s budding restaurant industry (tostones rellenos and enchilado de cangrejo).


Remnants of the Soviet era. My dad used to drive one of these, assigned by his job, when I was growing up.


Alina and I on the famous steps at the University of Havana.


Having a complimentary drink at the restaurant where Obama ate during his visit.

Resources for Emerging Writers

The great Matthew Salesses has put together a fairly comprehensive (and impressive!) list of resources that both aspiring and experienced writers can use.

In my classes I try to offer as much information as possible regarding submissions to literary journals and magazines, querying agents, writing conferences, residencies and colonies, etc, and I will definitely be referencing this list in the future.

Here is the direct link:

New Fiction Publication

The latest issue of The Florida Review is out, and it contains the title story of my collection, “A Kind of Solitude.” It is a story about an old Cuban peasant with a troubled past who finds himself trying to decide whether to confess to an accidental crime he has committed, or bury the evidence for good.

This story got me into Boston University’s MFA program and in many ways changed my life.

Big thanks go out to the great people at The Florida Review and to everyone who provided feedback on this pieces years ago. I’m excited to see my work in such wonderful company.


Backbone Press Best American Poetry Blog Feature

The wonderful poet and editor Crystal Simon Smith, founder of Backbone Press, talks about the press in this interview available in the Best American Poetry Blog.

I’m really happy to have had my poetry chapbook published by Backbone and to see it mentioned–its cover shown–in this feature. Crystal is doing great work by providing a platform to publish poetry by a diverse range of authors, particularly poets of color.

As she states, “It’s important to note when I say poets of color this includes poets of all diverse backgrounds: Asian, Latino, Native American and so on. Our niche is cultural writing, not just poetry, by African American writers. We need more venues and spaces focusing on diversity.”

You should definitely support her press and check out what she has to say!

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GrubStreet Podcast on Creative Writing Workshops.

Eson Kim did an amazing job putting together this podcast discussing the creative writing workshop. Highly recommended for anyone who has taken or is planning to take a creative writing class.

A lot of instructors at GrubStreet, including myself, contributed to this important and insightful discussion about what it means to be a good workshop citizen, among other relevant topics.

Back Porch Collective Reading

The Back Porch Collective is back!

Hello, Boston friends, the Back Porch Collective is doing another reading, again with some exceptional musicians, and again at the city’s coolest cafe/gallery, The Middle Gray. This time we’ll be focusing on home and place as a theme. The event is on Saturday, June 18th, at 7:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come join us for a special night of art, food, and drinks!


Miami Herald Poetry Chapbook Write-Up.

Sandra Castillo, a Cuban poet who lives in Miami, wrote this wonderful online post about my poetry chapbook in the Miami Herald website. I am grateful for such a generous recommendation of my work!

You can check out Sandra’s latest poetry book here:

And In The Land of Tropical Martyrs has gone into a 2nd print run, now a beautiful, perfect bound book. Huge thanks to editor Crystal Simone Smith and BackBone Press!


Back From My Trip to Cuba.

My wife and I recently went on a ten-day trip to Havana. It was the first time back in the island for me after 18 years. My experience was an incredible one, surpassing all expectations. I hope to return soon and often to Cuba, a place that will always be close to my heart.

This is me sitting on the front steps of the house where I grew up.


Story Acceptance from North American Review.

America’s oldest literary magazine, The North American Review, has recently accepted my short story “Mudface” for publication!

After working on my novel for two years, I’ve begun putting together a second collection of stories, and this piece is one of them. I’m excited to be joining such a prestigious list of authors who have been published in this magazine.

Big thanks as usual to those who provided valuable feedback on “Mudface.” They know who they are.

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