Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. In 1997, at age fourteen, he immigrated to the United States with his family during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. Dariel is now the author of the novel The Playwright’s House (Red Hen Press) and the story collection A Kind of Solitude (Willow Springs Books), winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, and a MassBook Award “Must Read.” He has also published a poetry chapbook, In The Land of Tropical Martyrs (Backbone Press).

Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow and the Education Director at GrubStreet, the country’s largest independent creative writing center. His work has been awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize and will be anthologized in this year’s Best American Essays. He has also been published in The Threepenny ReviewThe Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Literary Hub, Southern Humanities Review, and The Caribbean Writer, among others. Dariel earned his MFA in Fiction at Boston University and now resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter. He’s currently at work on a second novel about the effects of human trafficking, migration, and the broken promises of the American dream through the lens of a multicultural family.