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Nancy Morejón, a life faithful to Cuba and her work

Havana, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) With a life and prolific work in Cuba, poet and essayist Nancy Morejón is celebrating her 79th birthday on Monday, and the literary world is dressing up to pay tribute to her.

Born in Havana and winner of the 2001 National Award for Literature, Morejón is one of the most outstanding voices in Cuban poetry nowadays and has spent her life studying the work of National Poet Nicolás Guillén and Caribbean literature.

Morejón, who is also a literary critic and a translator, also enriches the so-called black poetry with her poems; her verses examine the daily life of the city where she was born and the revolutionary processes of her country.

She has significantly contributed to writing in Cuba and has held important literary posts, such as director of the Union magazine and a full member of the Cuban Academy of Language and the Academy of Sciences.

The intellectual was an advisor at the Casa de las Americas cultural institution and president of the Writers’ Association of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) after its 7th Congress in April 2008.

Nancy Morejón’s work has been translated into English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Polish, and Dutch, in addition to being known and appreciated in the United States.

In June, she was at the center of a debate in Cuba and abroad over the decision to withdraw her honorary presidency of the Paris Poetry Market.

In light of such an event, the poet told Prensa Latina that she considers herself a creature of the Cuban Revolution “because that process, led by Fidel Castro, opened an extensive space for peasants and workers.”


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