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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Achy Obejas  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1956 in Havana, Cuba


Illinois Connection

Obejas moved to Chicago in 1979 and lived there for approximately 30 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Achy Obejas is a Cuban-American writer and journalist. After leaving Cuba at the age of six, she lived in Michigan City, Indiana until she moved to Chicago in 1979. She has been a journalist with the ''Chicago Tribune'', writing about arts and culture. She has also been the Springer Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, as well as an advisor for the online prose magazine, ''Otium''. Obejas is the author of various books, including the award-winning novel ''Days of Awe'' and the best-selling ''This is What Happened in Our Other Life''. She is the editor of Akashic's critically acclaimed crime-fiction anthology ''Havana Noir'' and the translator (into Spanish) for Junot Diaz's ''The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao''. She is a founding member of the Creative Writing Faculty at the University of Chicago, a member of the Editorial Board of ''In These Times'', the editorial advisory board of the Great Books Foundation, and a blogger for Currently, she is the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland, CA, where she also lives.

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