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. He’s the author of the chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press, and one of City of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows.
Dariel earned his M.F.A. in fiction at Boston University and was one of the founding editors of Middle Gray Magazine. He has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and is now the Head of Faculty and Curriculum at GrubStreet. His writing has received honors from Glimmer Train, Nimrod International‘s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and Gival Press. Dariel’s prose has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Third Coast, Southern Humanities Review, The Florida Review, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize.
Dariel’s story collection, A KIND OF SOLITUDE, was a finalist for the New American Press Fiction Prize and the Autumn House Press Fiction Contest. His first novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, set in his native Cuba, is currently on submission along with the collection. He resides in the Boston area with his wife and their mischievous cat, Lyoto.