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TO WRITE MIAMI : A Reading With Pedro Medina León and Hernán Vera Álvarez

TO WRITE MIAMI : A Reading With Pedro Medina León and Hernán Vera Álvarez

Writers who choose a city as their muse give voice to both a place and a people. Part scribe, part dreamer, they issue facts along with fantasies, leaving behind a history of the intangible realities of urban life—of a people's heartbreak and of their joy, of their loss and of their growth. To Write Miami is a series of eight readings that explore the city’s fascinating relationship with literature. The series demonstrates how writers pay homage to Miami and how, in turn, Miami feeds their creativity. Each reading will include performative elements, along with reflections on how the writing process often begins before words are even placed on the page.

Pedro Medina León studied Literature at Florida International University and is an award-winning writer, speaker, and editor. He is the author of the acclaimed novel Varsovia (Florida Book Award 2017), Mañana no te veré en Miami, and Marginal and Tour: una vuelta por la cultura popular de Miami, and coeditor of the anthologies Viaje One Way and Miami (Un)plugged. Medina León is a speaker member of the Florida Humanities Council and co-creator of the Escribe Aquí Festival for the Betsy Hotel, which was awarded a grant from the Knight Foundation. In 2008 he created the cultural portal Suburbano Ediciones and today, the leading Spanish-language cultural network in the United States.


Hernán Vera Álvarez, sometimes known as "Vera," has published the novel La librería del mal salvaje, two books of short stories—Una extraña felicidad (llamada América), andGrand Nocturno—and the comic book, La gente no puede vivir sin problemas! He is also coeditor of the anthologies Viaje One Way and Miami (Un)plugged. His work has been featured in magazines and newspapers in the United States and  Latin America such as El Nuevo Herald, Meansheets, Loft Magazine, El Sentinel, Sea-Latino, TintaFrescaUS, La Nación, and Clarín. Born in Buenos Aires, he lived in the United States for eight years as an illegal immigrant, working in shipyards, discotheques, the kitchen of a nightclub, and in construction. He has taught creative writing at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center.