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 Head of Faculty and Curriculum at GrubStreet, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. His writing has received honors from Glimmer Train and Nimrod International‘s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and 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.
Dariel’s first novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, set in his native Cuba, is currently on submission. He earned his M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University and currently resides in the Boston area with his wife and their mischievous cat, Lyoto.