Cuban-born Pablo Medina is the author of sixteen books, among them the poetry collections The Island Kingdom, The Man Who Wrote on Water, Calle Habana, and Points of Balance/Puntos de Apoyo, and others; the novels Cubop City Blues, The Cigar Roller, The Return of Felix Nogara, and Marks of Birth; the memoir Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood. In 2015 he published a collection of translations from the Spanish of Virgilio Piñera titled The Weight of the Island. Acclaimed as “lyrical and powerfully evocative” and “deserving a prominent spot in today’s literature of exile,” Medina’s work has appeared in various languages and in magazines and periodicals throughout the world. Winner of many awards for his work, including grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Cintas Foundation, the State Arts Councils of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and others. Currently, Medina is professor of fiction, poetry, and translation at Emerson College in Boston.