Susannah Rodriguez Drissi

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Susannah Rodríguez Drissi is a Cuban poet, writer, translator, playwright, producer, and scholar. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA where she teaches in Writing Programs and in the Department of Comparative Literature. She is associate and literary editor at Cuba Counterpoints, a new journal dedicated to dynamic analysis and commentary on Cuban affairs, and has been a UC-Cuba Affiliate Scholar since 2009. She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Moorish Cuba. Her recent academic publications include Cuban à l’Arab: Exile and “lo cubano” in Abilio Estévez’s Los palacios distantes and Jesús Díaz’s “The Arab Pianist” in peer-edited volume The Cuban Diaspora: A Dispersed People (2014), edited by Jorge Duany, and also published by Editorial Aduana Vieja; and “Eating in Cuban: The Cuban Cena in Literature and Film” in the peer-edited volume Health Travels: Cuban Health(care), On and Off the Island, published by UC Medical Humanities Press, in 2013.

Her poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, and reviews have appeared in Saw Palm, Literal Magazine, Diario de Cuba (Madrid), SX Salon, RaisingMothers, Acentos Review and Cuba Counterpoints, among other journals. Recently, her poem, “Hasta Santiago a pie,” was included in Raúl Fernandez’s ¡Camina y prende el fogón!: Ontología del son y otros ensayos (2016). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. Her first novel, Until We’re Fish, is under review at a literary press. Currently, she writes Letters from Camus, her second novel. Nocturno, a jukebox musical that pays tribute to international music in Cuba in the 1970s is currently in the development process. Visit her at www.susannahrodríguezdrissi.com or find her on Twitter at @rsdrissi.

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