Cuban-American Novelist, Poet Cristina García to Present “Reading Fiction in the Modern World” on Oct. 9

Cuban-American novelist and poet Cristina García will deliver a lecture titled “Reading Fiction in the Modern World” on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the KIVA as part of the Kent State University Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series.

Cristina García is the author of six novels: King of Cuba (2013); The Lady Matador’s Hotel (2010); A Handbook to Luck (2007); Monkey Hunting (2003); The Agüero Sisters (1997), winner of the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize; and Dreaming in Cuban (1992), finalist for the National Book Award.

García has edited two anthologies, Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature (2006) and Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature (2003).

She is also the author of three works for young readers, Dreams of Significant Girls (2011); The Dog Who Loved the Moon (2008); and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox (2008).

A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010.

García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.

This fall, García will return as Visiting Professor to the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. Currently, she is completing her tenure as University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. She divides her time between San Francisco and Austin.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Books will be available for purchase on site.

For more information about Cristina García, visit

This event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Honors College, is free and open to the public. For questions about the event or for special accommodations for accessibility, please contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312 or

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 03:34 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 08:40 AM
Aaron Hanlin