Hernández, Rafael


Dick Cluster landed in Havana’s José Martí airport for the first time in 1969 and has been fascinated by the city ever since, exploring it by foot, bicycle, city bus, tour bus, car, ferry, and other means. An Oakland resident, he is a translator of Latin American literature, most recently editing and translating the collection Kill the Ámpaya: The Best Latin American Baseball Fiction and Mylene Fernández Pintado’s novel of contemporary Havana, A Corner of the World. Previous nonfiction books include They Should Have That Cup of Coffee, and Shrinking Dollars, Vanishing Jobs.

Rafael Hernández is the editor of Temas, a Cuban quarterly in the field of history, culture, economics, and politics. Hernández has been visiting professor and researcher at Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Tulane, and the University of Puerto Rico. He has guided many American visitors to Cuba, whether students, academics, or travelers. His publications include three books of poetry and ten books of essays. His essay collection Looking at Cuba won the Cuban Critics Award in 2000, and was published by the University Press of Florida in 2003.