About Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas is the author of Ruins (Akashic 2009, akashicbooks.com), Days of Awe (Random House, 2001) and Aguas & Otros Cuentos (Editorial Letras Cubanas, 2009), among several books. A former staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, she frequently contributes to the Washington Post, In These Times and theroot.com. She is the editor and translator, into English, of Havana Noir (Akashic 2007), a collection of crime stories set in Havana, and translated Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead 2008) into Spanish. Her translation into English of Ena Lucía Portela’s One Hundred Bottles is forthcoming from the University of Texas Press in 2010.

During her career, Achy has received a Pulitzer for a Tribune team investigation, the Studs Terkel Journalism Prize, several Peter Lisagor journalism honors, two Lambda Literary awards, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, and residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Arts, among other honors.

Her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Hungarian and Farsi. She has lectured and read her work in the U.S., Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Australia, and has served as the Springer Writer-in-Residence at the University of Chicago and the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawai'i. Currently, she is the Sor Juana Writer in Residence at DePaul University in Chicago