Alicia "Achy" Obejas (b. 1956, Havana): Obejas is a poet, novelist, short-story writer and journalist. Her second novel, Days of Awe, was selected for the Los Angeles Times' Best Books of 2001 list. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Studs Terkel and the Peter Lisagor awards in journalism and the Lambda Literary Awards for her novels. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and literary magazines. Obejas has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Warren Wilson College. Her other books are the novels Ruins and Memory Mambo, the story collection We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? and the poetry chapbook This is What Happened in Our Other Life. (Cintas for literature, 2000-01)

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