Mercedes Cortázar (b. 1940, Havana): A poet, playwright, novelist and journalist, Cortázar’s work has been published in literary magazines and newspapers – both printed and on the Web – in Spain, France, the United States and various countries in Latin America. In Cuba, Cortázar was a member of the group of young Havana poets and writers known as El Puente, which published her first book of poetry, El largo canto. In New York in 1962, she was a founder of Protesta, possibly the first literary magazine by Cuban exiles.  Later, she was the poetry consultant for Farrar, Straus & Giroux for the English translation of José Lezama Lima’s novel Paradiso. (Cintas for literature, 1971-72)

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