Ana Veciana-Suárez (b. 1956, Havana): Her family migrated to the United States when she was six years old. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida and has worked at The Miami News, The Palm Beach Post and most recently, The Miami Herald. For her journalism work, she was awarded a National Headliner, a Clarion Award, a Green Eyeshade and two Sunshine State Awards.
Ana is a syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Flight to Freedom, a young adult novel, and Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Life, Love, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart, a collection of essays. Her novel, The Chin Kiss King, was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC Award, an international competition in Dublin. Two of her nonfiction books about the Hispanic media were published by The Media Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C. Further, her commentary has been included in several anthologies and she also has earned a National Headliner, a Clarion Award, a Green Eyeshade and two Sunshine State Awards. Veciana-Suárez has also received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida for fiction writing. She lives in Miami with her family and thanks her five children for teaching her immeasurable humility. (CINTAS for Creative Writing, 2019-2020)