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  • Juan Pablo Ballester (b. 1966, Camagüey): The Barcelona-based Ballester was a member of the Havana artists’ collective known as ABTV, whose conceptual work was influenced by post-modernist theories. He has become increasingly interested in photography and video art. In 1992, he moved to Spain, where he exhibits frequently. In 1997, he participated in the guerrilla performance piece Sudaca Enterprises with Coco Fusco and María Elena Escalona at ARCO 97 in Madrid. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the Ludwig Forum in Aachen and the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. Ballester studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana. (Cintas for art, 1998-99)

  • Silvia Curbelo (b. 1955, Matanzas): The Tampa-based poet and editor has been published in journals such as American Poetry Review and Kenyon Review and in several anthologies. She is the author of two poetry books, The Geography of Leaving and The Secret History of Water, which became the first volume issued by the Anhinga Press in its Florida Poetry Series. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Arts Council, the Seaside Institute and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Curbelo won the Jessica Noble Maxwell Memorial Poetry Prize given by the American Poetry Review and the James Wright Award for Poetry from Mid-American Review. (Cintas for literature, 1991-92, 1998-99)

  • Cristina García (b. 1958, Havana): A former TIME Magazine correspondent in Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, García is the author of the novels, Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, The Lady’s Matador Hotel and King of Cuba. She is the editor of Cubanísimo! an anthology of stories, essays, poems and novel excerpts. García grew up in Brooklyn and attended Barnard College before receiving a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award.  García was appointed University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos, 2012-2014. (Cintas for literature, 1992-93, 1998-99)

  • Eduardo J. Muñoz Ordoqui (b. 1964, Havana): The photographer Muñoz Ordoqui is also a curator and frequent lecturer on art and photography. His solo exhibitions include Resurrecciones at Espai Xavier Miserachs in Barcelona, Cartas por Sabina at Galería Nina Menocal in Mexico City, and Eduardo Muñoz Ordoqui at the Image Room Photography Gallery & Studio in Los Angeles. He is the winner of a Guggenheim fellowship. Muñoz Ordoqui studied art history at the University of Havana and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas, Austin. (Cintas for art, 1998-99)

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