Afro-Cuban poet, Nancy Morejon

Afro-Cuban Poet Nancy Morejon Reads and Discusses Her Poetry

Nancy Morejon

Nancy Morejon

Afro-Cuban poet Nancy Morejon and poet-translator Kathleen Weaver in bilingual conversation with poet and radio host Nina Serrano. Nancy also reads her poems in Spanish and Kathleen reads the English translations.

Nancy Morejón is the best known and most widely translated woman poet of post-revolutionary Cuba. Born in 1944 in Havana to a militant dock worker and a trade-unionist seamstress, Morejón graduated from Havana University. She was Cuba’s first black woman poet to be internationally acclaimed as a poet. Her distinctive poetry is shaped by an Afro-Cuban sensibility and an eloquent concern for Cuban nationhood, cultural fusion, and the rights of women. She has published more than twenty volumes of poetry, as well as critical works and translations from French and English. Her works in English translation include Looking Within / Mirar adentro, Selected Poems 1954-2000, Where the Island Sleeps Like a Wing, translated by U.S. poet Kathleen Weaver,  and With Eyes and Soul/Images of Cubawith photographs by Milton Rogovin.  For many years, Morejon served on the editorial staff of UNEAC (Union of Cuban Writers and Artists). Currently she is president of the Cuban Writers’ Union, UNEAC, and an advisor at Casa de las Americas in Havana.

Morejón has won Cuba’s prestigious National Literary Award, the National Prize for Poetry, and the National Award in Criticism – as well as many international awards, including the Latin American Studies Association Cuba Prize. Thoroughly bilingual, she has read and lectured at universities in the U.S.  She served as writer in residence at Wellesley College and conducted a two-day symposium on her work at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Howard University Press has published a collection of critical texts on her work: Singular Like a Bird: The Art of Nancy Morejon.

For Nancy Morejon’s 2013 San Francisco Bay Area tour see the KPFA .org calendar and click events.



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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.


Afro-Cuban poet, Nancy Morejon — 5 Comments

  1. Dear Nina, Just heard your program with Nancy Morejon and k

    Dear Nina, Just heard your interview with Nancy Morejon and
    Kathleen Weaver. Thank you for this feast! Best, Florence

    kathleen Weaver

  2. Muchas gracias mi estimada Nina por esta publicación. Saludos querida!!

  3. Dear Nina,

    I finally listened to this. It is wonderful! I am assigning it for my course and I will let you know if my students have questions. Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring work.

    Much love,

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