As we continue to focus on Cuban poet Nicolas Guillen this month, I would like to share 5 interesting things I learned about him:
- He was born the year in which Cuba gained its independence from Spain (1902)
- His Elegy for Emmett Till (Elegia A Emmett Till), was published in New York's The Crisis magazine in 1955.
- Guillen briefly studied law at Havana University, but later returned to Camaguey, where he was born, to study journalism.
- During Batista's dictatorship in the 1950s, Guillen was in exile in Paris. He returned to Cuba in 1958.
- Guillen was President of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists, which allowed him to travel the world as a cultural ambassador.