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Yoss in Words without Borders' "Back to the Future: Cuban Sci-Fi Now"

  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY, 10456 United States (map)

Discover the world of Cuban science fiction at a bilingual reading with Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro, Erick J. Mota, and Yoss, whose far-out work is featured in the May issue of Words without Borders edited by Esther Allen and Hillary Gulley. Deji Olukotun (Nigerians in Space) will moderate a discussion about this exciting literary frontier that adds new dimensions to our perception of the island nation. Reception to follow.

Deji Bryce Olukotun is the author of Nigerians in Space, a thriller about brain drain from Africa. His short story “We Are the Olfanauts” was published in the fiction collection Watchlist: 32 Short Stories by Persons of Interest in 2015 (O/R Books). His work has been featured in Electric Literature, Quartz, Guernica, and ESPN. Deji is an attorney with a background in human rights and technology who works at the digital rights organization Access Now. Before that, he defended writers around the world at PEN American Center with support from the Ford Foundation. A sequel to Nigerians in Space will be published in 2017 by Unnamed Press. 

Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro is an award-winning Cuban fantasy writer and essayist. She is the author of the story collection Nothing to Declare (Casa Editora Abril, 2007), and her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Secrets of the Future (Thirst for Beauty, 2005), Chronicles of Tomorrow: 50 Years of Science Fiction in Cuba (Ediciones Letras Cubana, 2009), Time Zero (Casa Editora Abril, 2011), The Apex Book of World Science Fiction II (Lavie Tidhar, 2009), Progression Therapy and Other Stories ( digital edition, 2012), and Dreaming in Vrindavan and Other Stories By Women (La Pereza Ediciones, 2014). Her stories, articles, and essays appear on several international websites and in e-zines and print publications from Spain, Argentina, Israel, the United States, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. She is a founding member of the Espiral fantasy writing workshop, and is active as a promoter and organizer of fantasy events and festivals. In 2013, she moved to Miami, Florida with her husband and daughter, where she studies graphic design at the South Florida Institute of Technology.

Erick J. Mota completed a BA in physics at the University of Havana and a course on creative writing at the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Center. His work includes the short story collection Algunos recuerdos que valen la pena (2010), the novel Habana Anderguater (Atom Press, 2010), and the novella Bajo Presión, which won the 2007 Edad de Oro award. He was a finalist of the 2013 Ignotus Prize, and a recipient of the Calendario award and the TauZero award. His short stories have been published in the international anthologies 2099 and 2099-b (Ediciones Irreverentes, 2012), Malditos bastardos (Ediciones La Palma, 2014), Cuba in Splinters (O/R Books, 2014), and Terra Nova: The Anthology of Contemporary Science Fiction (Sportula, 2014). His story “For a few extra watts” was selected by the Spanish Association of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror for inclusion in Fabricantes de sueños (2014), an anthology of the best Spanish-language science fiction. He created Disparo en Red, an electronic science fiction and fantasy magazine that he edited from 2004 until 2008.

Yoss is an essayist, critic, and writer of realism, science fiction, and heroic fantasy. He is considered to be the most significant contemporary fantasy writer from Cuba. His work has been awarded numerous prizes, both in Cuba and abroad, and has appeared in various national and international anthologies. To date, he has published over thirty books in Cuba and around the world, and his work has been translated into English, French, Italian, Polish, and Japanese. Yoss holds a degree in biology from the University of Havana. He has been a participant in the Oscar Hurtado, Julio Verne, and El Negro Hueco fantasy and science fiction workshops, and he founded the Espiral and Espacio Abierto workshops. An active teacher, he has led seminars and workshops in Chile, the UK, Italy, Spain, and Andorra; he is also a frequent participant in international science fiction and fantasy conferences. Between 2005 and 2008 he was the Spanish editor in chief of The H, a bilingual magazine about the city of Havana. Between 2012 and 2013 he was the author of the blog La llaga (a place to put your finger), which can be found at Since 2007, he has been the singer for the heavy metal band TENAZ.

This event is co-sponsored by the Bridge Series, Restless Books, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Cuban Cultural Center of New York.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456