Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. Dariel’s story collection, A Kind of Solitude, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Spokane Short Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Willow Springs Books in fall of 2018. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press, and one of City of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows.
Dariel has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and is now the Director of Core Programs and Faculty at GrubStreet, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. His work has received honors and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Glimmer Train, and Nimrod International‘s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Third Coast, Southern Humanities Review, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize. He has also been a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize and the Autumn House Press Fiction Contest.
Dariel has also completed a novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, which is set in his native Cuba. He earned his M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University and now resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.