I was born in Havana, Cuba, and left the island in 1996.
Currently I am a Spanish and ESL professor at New Mexico Junior College. I have a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of New Mexico and have been an educator for over thirty years.
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. Ironically, my first published novel, A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004), was written in English, a language that I didn’t start speaking daily until I was 30 years old. I hope this inspires my second-language students to not give up!
My other novels are Posesas de La Habana (Haunted ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, which was a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain, El difunto Fidel (The late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, that won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009), Habanera, A Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010), La Regenta en La Habana ( Edebe, Spain, 2012), Orfeo en el Caribe (Atmósfera Literaria, 2013) and El retorno de la expatriada (Egales, Spain, 2014). I also wrote three collections of short stories: ¡Por culpa de Candela! (Floricanto Press, 2009), Llevarás Luto por Franco (Atmósfera Literaria, 2012, see trailer here), and The Astral Plane: Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond (University of New Orleans Press, 2012) see trailer here.
My short novel Las Muertas de la West Mesa (The West Mesa Murders, based on a real event) was published in serialized format by Taos News.
In 2016 I tried my hand at mysteries. Death Comes in through the Kitchen (Soho Press, March 2018) features Padrino, a santero detective. Padrino is also the main character in The Cuban Marquise’s Jewels, a short story that is part of The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers also published by Soho Press.
I have also written two theater plays: La hija de La Llorona (The Wailing Woman’s Daughter) and Hasta que el mortgage nos separe (Until mortgage do us part). Both have been staged in Chicago by Aguijon Theater.
My Spanish language blog is here
To contact me, please write to DOVALPAGE@aol.com
¡Gracias por su visita!