Faculty

Ann Hood
is the author, most recently, of the bestselling novel The Book That Matters Most, the memoir Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, and the YA novel She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah). She is the director of the Newport MFA Program, a low-residency creative writing program that includes a residency option in Havana.

Alden Jones is the author of The Blind Masseuse, called “the best travel book of 2013” by the Huffington Post, and the story collection Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize, and an Independent Publishers Book Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in the Iowa Review, New York Magazine, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and the Best American Travel Writing. She is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program and has lived, worked, and traveled in over forty countries, including as a creative writing teacher and program director in Cuba, a WorldTeach volunteer in Costa Rica, a professor on Semester at Sea, and as Cuban Culture Expert on Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Ann, Tim and Alden
Tim Weed is the author of a novel, Will Poole’s Island, and short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing.  Highlights of his decades-long engagement with Cuba include bringing some of the first American students to the country since the Revolution in the late 1990’s, leading a four-week creative writing program featuring a cross-island road trip from Santiago to Havana, fly fishing for tarpon and bonefish in the Zapata swamp, and serving as the official interpreter for the Cuban National Choir’s concert tour of New England. Tim is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program, teaches at Grub Street in Boston, and serves as a featured expert for National Geographic in Cuba, Spain, and Tierra del Fuego. He’s the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a Solas Best Travel Writing Award.
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