Achy Obejas

Cindy Seip

Cuban American journalist and poet Achy Obejas, author of the novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction, is a contributor to Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and the Literature of Uprootedness (University of Florida Press). The collection showcases what editor Anjanette Delgado calls “literatura del desarraigo,” a Spanish literary tradition. Home in Florida features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Obejas, Richard Blanco, Jennine Capó Crucet, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, and many others. These writers – first-, second-, and third-generation immigrants to Florida from places such as Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Perú, Argentina, and Chile – reflect the diversity of Latinx experiences across the state. Together, they explore what exactly makes Florida home for those struggling between memory and presence.