Poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and teacher Achy Obejas was born in Havana, Cuba. When she was six years old, she and her family immigrated to the United States during the Cuban Revolution. She is the author of the chapbook This Is What Happened in our Other Life (2007), and her poetry and fiction have appeared in such publications as Another Chicago Magazine and Conditions.

Obejas is also an accomplished journalist; she worked at the Chicago Tribune for more than ten years, and her articles have been featured in a variety of publications, including the Village Voice, Vogue, and the Nation. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and residencies at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Arts, Obejas is the former Sor Juana Visiting Writer at DePaul University. She currently lives in Oakland, where she is the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College.
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