Alden Jones is the author of The Blind Masseuse, named “the best travel book of 2013” by the Huffington Post and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogal Award, 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. Alden spent the summers of 2001-2004 in Havana and Cojímar as a creative writing instructor and director of educational programs for American high school students, and, with Tim Weed, co-founded the Cuba Writers Program in 2015. She has sailed as a Visiting English Professor with Semester at Sea and with Royal Caribbean Cruises as a Cuban Culture Expert. She teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College, and is a core faculty member of the Newport MFA, where she teaches both fiction and nonfiction. She also serves as a manuscript consultant for Grub Street and independently, and specializes in working with writers to complete their book projects.
“I will follow Alden and Tim anywhere. Those two cast an easygoing thrall over all of us. Having been to the Cuba Writers Program in 2016, 2017, and 2018, I love Cuba’s slow reveal. On the Cuba Writers Program I felt more like a participant in the culture than an observer.”
Past Faculty, Guest Writers, and Guest Lecturers
Ann Hood is the author, most recently, of Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food, as well as The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction.
Victor Fowler Calzada is one of the most influential poets and intellectuals writing from Cuba today. He is the author of ten books of poetry and five books essays and has won top literary prizes in Cuba for these works. His most recent books of poetry are La Obligación de Expresar (The Obligation to Express), winner of the Nicolás Guillén prize for poetry in Cuba, and El Maquinista de Auschwitz (The Train Conductor of Auschwitz), winner of the UNEAC prize for poetry. His most recent book of essays is Caminos Corporales y de Escritura (Paths of Embodiment and Writing), winner of the Alejo Carpentier Essay Prize.