Discipline: Literature – fiction

Alicia Obejas

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Benicia, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Alicia Obejas is the author of Boomerang/Bumerán, about which The New York Times said, "Obejas moves naturally and exhilaratingly from the personal to the political." The book is a bilingual collection of poetry written in a mostly gender-free English and Spanish that addresses immigration, displacement, love, and activism. She also authored The Tower of the Antilles, which was a PEN/Faulkner finalist, among other honors.

As a translator, Havana-born Alicia has worked with Wendy Guerra, Rita Indiana, Junot Díaz, and Megan Maxwell, among others. She is a recipient of USA Artists, NEA, and a Cintas fellowships, among other awards. She was one of the organizers of the #15novCuba Poesiá Sin Fin 2021 marathon in support of change in Cuba.

At MacDowell, Alicia worked on a novel translation and finished a first draft of a new book of poetry, tentatively titled The Boy Kingdom. She also re-read and edited parts of a novel manuscript and sent it out work for publication.



Alicia Obejas worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the west side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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