Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas was born in Cuba and moved to the United States when she was six years old. Her newest work, an anthology of recent immigrant fiction called Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, co-edited with Megan Bayles, will be released this month by the Great Books Foundation. Her most recent books are Ruins, a novel, and This is What Happened in Our Other Life, a bestselling poetry chapbook. She's the translator of Junot Diaz's The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her (both from English to Spanish), among many others. She was part of the Chicago Tribune Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 2001, won several Peter Lisagor journalism honors, two Lambda Literary Awards, and an NEA poetry fellowship. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Village VoiceVoguePlayboyLos Angeles TimesMS, and others, including In These Times, where she writes a monthly column. She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland, California.