Pau-Llosa was born into a working-class
family in Havana. In 1960 Pau-Llosa fled Cuba with his parents,
older sister, and maternal grandmother all of whom emerge
in his autobiographical poems of exile and remembrance. He graduated
from Belén Jesuit Preparatory High School in Miami in 1971,
and went on to major in English (literature) at various universities,
among them Florida International University (BA, 1974), Florida
Atlantic University (MA, 1976), and the University of Florida (19781981).
His first book of poetry, Sorting Metaphors (Anhinga Press, 1983),
won the first national Anhinga Prize,. He published
a second book of poetry in Bread of the Imagined (Bilingual Press,
1992). His third book of poems, Cuba (Carnegie Mellon U Press, 1993),
was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest collections are
Mastery Impulse (2003) and Parable Hunter (2008), both from Carnegie
Sorting Metaphors, won the national competition for the first Anhinga
Poetry Prize (judge: William Stafford), Tallahassee: Anhinga Press,
Florida State University, 1983.
Bread of the Imagined, Bilingual Press, Tempe: Arizona State University,
1992. Introductory essay by Dionisio D. Martínez.
Cuba, the 100th title in the Poetry Series of Carnegie Mellon University
Press and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon
University Press, 1993.
Vereda Tropical, Carnegie Mellon, 1999
The Mastery Impulse, Carnegie Mellon, 2003.
Parable Hunter, Carnegie Mellon, forthcoming 2008.
Agni, Alimentum, American Poetry Review,Antigonish Review, Ascent,
Bellingham Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review,
Bloomsbury Review, Boston Review, Boulevard, Caliban, Carolina Quarterly,
Chelsea, Clackamas Literary Review, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard
Review, Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, CutBank, Denver Quarterly,
DoubleTake, Epoch, Exquisite Corpse, The Fiddlehead, Fourteen Hills,
Graham House Review, Green Mountains Review, Heliotrope, Hiram Poetry
Review, Iowa Review, Indiana Review, The Journal, Kayak, Kenyon
Review, Literary Review, Luna, Manhattan Review, Many Mountains
Moving, Manoa, Margie, Marlboro Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan
Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Minnesota
Review, Mississippi Review, Missouri Review, Nebraska Review, New
England Review, New Letters, North American Review, Notre Dame Review,
Ontario Review, Onthebus, Orion, Painted Bride Quarterly, Partisan
Review, Passages North, Pacific Review, Phoebe, Planet, Pleiades,
Ploughshares, PN Review, Poetry Northwest, Porcupine, Prairie Schooner,
Quarterly West, Rattle, Rhino, River Styx, Salmagundi, Saranac Review,
Seattle Review, Seneca Review, Shenandoah, Sonora Review, South
Dakota Review, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Tampa Review, Third
Coast, 32 Poems, Trafika, TriQuarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review,
Verse, Vallum, Virginia Quarterly Review, among other magazines.
In Spanish, poems have appeared in Poesía, Zona Franca and
BCV Cultural (Venezuela); Boletín Federico García
Lorca and Hélice (Spain); Proa and Letras de Buenos Aires
(Argentina); Linden Lane Magazine (Texas) and Review: Literature
and Arts of the Americas (Americas Society, New York City).
(poems, stories, essays):
The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry; W. W. Norton New Worlds
of Literature, The Norton Introduction to Literature, The Norton
Introduction to Poetry and Sudden Fiction International/Continued;
Milkweed Outsiders: Rebels, Exiles, and Renegades and Urban Nature;
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Hispanic-American Literature; U Texas Press
Re-membering Cuba; MIT-Terra Nova Writing on Water and Writing the
Future; U of Iowa Press Vespers and American Diaspora; Harper-Collins
Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction; Random House Cuba in Mind and
180 More Extraordinary Poems for Every Day.
1984-85, Oscar Cintas Fellowship in Literature from the Institute
of International Education, New York, NY.
books and exhibition catalogues (*contains texts by other writers):
Dirube, Madrid: ALA Art Editions, 1979.
Rogelio Polesello, Buenos Aires: Ediciones Gaglianone, 1984.
New Traditions: Thirteen Hispanic Photographers, Albany: New York
State Museum, 1989.*
Outside Cuba/ Fuera de Cuba, Rutgers University and University of
Clarence Holbrook Carter, New York: Rizzoli, 1989.*
Fernando de Szyszlo, Bogotá: Alfred Wild Editions, 1991.*
Rafael Soriano: The Poetics of Light, Miami: Ediciones Habana Vieja,
Olga de Amaral: El Manto de la Memoria, Bogotá: Ediciones
Zona & Seguros Bolívar, 2000.*
Gustavo Acosta: 1994-2004, Buenos Aires: Ediciones Arte al Día,
Nicolás Leiva: The Fire of Self and Multiplication, Coral
Gables: Gary Nader Fine Arts, 2005.*
Hugo Consuegra, Miami: Ediciones Universal, 2007.*
magazines and encyclopedias:
Sculpture, Art Papers, American Ceramics, Arts, Imagen, Terzo Occhio
(Italy), Connaissance des Arts (France), Michigan Quarterly Review,
Drawing, Planet (Wales), El Universal (Caracas), Arte Internacional
(Bogotá), Arte al Día (Buenos Aires), Southward Art
(Buenos Aires). From 1983-1992, contributing editor of Art International
(Lugano, later Paris). Contributor and advisor to Macmillan of London's
The Dictionary of Art (1996). Currently, North American Editor of
the Spanish-English international art journal Southward Art (Buenos
Exhibitions Curated or Juried:
Outside Cuba/Fuera de Cuba (Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University,
with two other curators, toured nationally 1987-89)
¡Mira! Canadian Hispanic Art Tour III (with two other curators,
toured nationally 1988-89).
Retrospective of Clarence Holbrook Carter, Lehigh University Museum,
Retrospective of Humberto Calzada, the Bass Museum, Miami Beach,
One of 12 international jurors at the 1992 Eco-Art hemispheric exhibition
at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.
Guest curator at the 1997 and 1999 Lima Biennials, Perú.
Juror, Salón Arturo Michelena (the most prestigious national
salon in Venezuela), Ateneo de Valencia, Estado Carabobo, 1992 &
The Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, National
Library in Ottawa, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas
Sofía Imber, Cornell University, Brooklyn Museum, Meadows
Museum in Dallas, University of Chicago, McGill University in Montréal,
the National Library in Buenos Aires, the Fundación Proscenio
in Buenos Aires, the Engleman-Ost Foundation in Montevideo, the
Lima Biennial in Perú, Colorado State University/Colorado
Springs University of London, and other institutions and international
events, and at numerous art galleries.
The Geraldine Dodge Foundation Waterloo Poetry Festival
in New Jersey, the Living Theatre in Manhattan, the Miami Book Fair
International, Hollins University in Virginia, Kennesaw State University
in Georgia, McGill University in Montréal, the Norton Gallery
of Art in West Palm Beach, Santa Monica College in California, the
Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Lowe Art Museum at the University
of Miami, la Universidad Complutense at Alcalá de Henares
(Madrid), la Universidad de Granada, la Fundación Federico
García Lorca in Madrid, the Southern Festival of Books in
Nashville, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, the University
of North Texas, the University of Northern Michigan at Marquette,
The Americas Society in New York City, Colorado State University
at Pueblo, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Zinc Bar
in New York City, and at many writers conferences and bookstores
in the United States and abroad.
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