Ricardo Pau-Llosa

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Ricardo Pau-Llosa
BornMay 17, 1954 (1954-05-17) (age 67)

Ricardo Pau-Llosa (born May 17, 1954 in Havana, Cuba, lived in the United States since December 1960) is a Cuban-American poet, art critic of Latin American art in the US and Europe, and author of short fiction.

Early life and education[edit]

Pau-Llosa was born into a working-class family in Havana. In 1960 Pau-Llosa fled Cuba with his parents, older sister, and maternal grandmother — all of whom emerge in his autobiographical poems of exile and remembrance. He graduated from Belén Jesuit Preparatory High School in Miami in 1971, and went on to major in English (literature) at various universities, among them Florida International University (BA, 1974), Florida Atlantic University (MA, 1976), and the University of Florida (1978–1981).

Career and writings[edit]

His first book of poetry, Sorting Metaphors (Anhinga Press, 1983), won the first national Anhinga Prize for Poetry selected by William Stafford[further explanation needed].[1] He published a second book of poetry in Bread of the Imagined (Bilingual Press, 1992). His third book of poems, Cuba (Carnegie Mellon U Press, 1993), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest collections are Mastery Impulse (2003) and Parable Hunter (2008), both from Carnegie Mellon.

Ricardo Pau-Llosa and Enrico Mario Santi have published a bilingual volume of poetry, "Intruder between Rivers/Intruso entre rios", with Pau-Llosa's English originals and Santi's translations of "Cuban" poems which present bilingual poetry with Cuban or Cuban exile themes casting Pau-Llosa's elegant English prosody into the original Cuban Spanish of both memory and daily experience. This book collects 25 of Cuban-American poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa's excellent poems along with its translations into Cuban Spanish by poet-scholar Enrico Mario Santi.

Additional bibliography[edit]

  • ________. "Tropic of Tropes: A Conversation with Poet & Art Critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa," The Writer's Chronicle, 42:4, Feb, 2010.
  • Mastrapa, Armando F., "Ricardo Pau-Llosa: Miami's Poet, Whether He Likes It or Not," Saw Palm, vol.4, Spring 2010.
  • ________. "Ricardo Pau-Llosa: The Rebel Without an Inferiority Complex," TheAmericano.com posted Oct. 13, 2009.
  • Milián, Alberto. "Defying Time and History: Ricardo Pau-Llosa." Interview, Manoa, 15.1 (2003).
  • Pau-Llosa, Ricardo. Clarence Holbrook Carter. New York: Rizzoli, 1989. With Frank Trapp and Douglas Dreishpoon.
  • ________. Rafael Soriano: The Poetics of Light. Miami: Ediciones Habana Vieja, 1998.
  • ________. "To Dwell in Passing: The Art of Hugo Consuegra" in Hugo Consuegra. Miami: Ediciones Universal, 2006.
  • ________. "The Music of the Eye, or the Emergence of the Thaumaturgical Object" in Olga de Amaral: el manto de la memoria (Olga de Amaral: The Mantle of Memory). Bogotá: Ediciones Zona & Seguros Bolívar, 2000.
  • ________. "Five Decades, Five Myths" TheAmericano.com, translation of article which appeared in Spanish in El Mundo, Medellín, Colombia, July 7, 2009.
  • Pérez, Rolando,"Ricardo Pau-Llosa (1954-)." The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature. Vol. 2: M-Z. Ed. D.H. Figueredo. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • Pau-Llosa, Ricardo and Enrico Mario Santi (2017). "Intruder Between Rivers/Intruso entre rios". Cuban Research Institute, 2017.


  1. ^ Anhinga Press
  • [1], Anhinga Prize for Poetry for Sorting Metaphors By Ricardo Pau-Llosa (Anhinga Press, 1983)
  • C-SPAN, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen honors Ricardo Pau-Llosa in House of Representatives, July 26, 2010

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