In 1957 Ángel Escobar was born in Cuba’s eastern agricultural province of Guantánamo. Trained in the theater, he first became visible on the poetry scene in 1997 after winning a national prize for emerging writers with the collection Viejas palabras de uso. Escobar took his life in early 1997 in Havana.
Omar Pérez grew up in Havana, the city where he was born in 1964, and earned a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Havana in 1987. By his early twenties he had become an active participant in the city’s varied cultural scenes. Pérez is the author of four poetry collections: Algo de lo Sagrado (1996), Oíste hablar del gato de pelea? (1999), Canciones y letanías (2002), and Lingua Franca (forthcoming).