Cristina García
Writer
Born: Havana, Cuba

Author of Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, and ¡Cubanísmo!, an anthology of contemporary Cuban literature, Cristina García explores Cuban identity by confronting her own experience of displacement and loss of cultural memory.

“At any given time, there are three realities competing for my attention: the everyday life with my daughter, the life of what I’m reading, and the life of what I’m writing. If I weren’t a writer, I’d be diagnosed with multiple personality disorder!”

In 1961, in the wake of Castro’s rise to power, García, then two, immigrated with her family to New York City where they lived in ethnically diverse neighborhoods with few Cubans or other Latinos. Her self-described “three-childhoods-in-one” consisted of life at home, at school with friends, and a “hidden” life of books and writing. Then, as now, her private self sustained her other two identities.

After college and graduate school, García worked for Time magazine as a correspondent and Miami bureau chief. Despite her Cuban background, she didn’t particularly fit in Miami. It wasn’t until García visited Cuba when she was 25 that she began identifying with her cultural heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cristina García, writer. Photograph by Celia Alvarez Muñoz, taken at the García residence, Santa Monica , California

Cristina García, writer. Photograph by Celia Alvarez Muñoz, taken at the García residence, Santa Monica, California

 

“I think it was there all along, but growing up, I had rejected and suppressed it. So it was more of a sense of excavating this new identity. I definitely feel connected to the Latino experience, but I also feel part of the mainstream and of a bigger international community of writers who are debating and contemplating in their work this notion of self, of who we are, and where we belong.”

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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