Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés

Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Humanities UCF Women Faculty Authors

Everyday Chica
Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
2010
Longleaf Press

Everyday Chica, winner of the 2010 Longleaf Press Poetry Award, offers readers an evocative poetic rendering of the Cuban-American experience in language so personal and deeply felt that it becomes for readers the universal language of all natives and exiles, of dislocations and homecomings.

 

 

 

Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles
Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
2009
Ig Publishing

A panoramic portrait of the Cuban American community, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles shares the joys, tragedies, and amazing resiliency of the Cuban immigrants who arrived in this country via the Mariel boat lift of 1980 (marielitos) and the “rafters” (balseros) who came in the years afterward. The stories in this debut collection reveal the full social, economic and emotional scope of the immigrant experience, from the repression that many of the “boat people” experienced in Castro’s Cuba, the discrimination they encounter upon their arrival in America, and their struggles to build a new life in the United States. Written in an arresting style that marries English with the native Spanish of the characters, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles is an important achievement by a new voice in Latino Literature.

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