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Maricel Mayor Marsán was born in Santiago de Cuba (1952). She is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, literary critic, editor, translator, and professor.
She lived and studied in Spain from 1970 to 1972 after she left Cuba. Towards the end of 1972 she resettled in Miami where she established her official place of residence. She received an Associate in Arts from Miami Dade Community College in 1974, a Bachelor of Arts in History (BA) in 1976, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (BA) in 1976, and a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Florida International University (FIU) in 1977. Later on, she pursued postgraduate courses in Caribbean Studies and Judicial Sciences.
She was one of the founders of the Revista Literaria Baquiana (www.baquiana.com) in 1999. She has also served as editorial director in both versions, digital and printed, since then. The magazine is considered one of the most important literary magazines in Spanish in South Florida.
She is a Numerary Member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE), a Corresponding Member of the Real Academia Española (RAE), and a Corresponding Member of the Academia Venezolana de la Lengua (AVL). She belongs to the Editorial Board of the official literary magazine of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (RANLE) and she serves as President of the Delegation of Florida of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española since 2019.
Mayor Marsán has published more than two dozen books of her own, including the poetry books: Lágrimas de Papel (Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1975); 17 Poemas y un Saludo (Coral Gables: Ed. Ceugma, 1978); Rostro Cercano (Maryland: Ed. Hispamérica, 1986); Un Corazón Dividido / A Split Heart (Maryland: Ed. Hispamérica, 1998); Errores y Horrores (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2000/2001); En el tiempo de los adioses (Murcia: Ed. Áglaya, 2003); Poemas desde Church Street / Poems from Church Street (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2006); Desde una plataforma en Manhattan — Antología poética de MMM / 1986-2006 (México: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) de la Ciudad de México, 2008); Rumores de Suburbios (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2009); and Miami / poemas de la ciudad − poems of the city (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2015). She has published the following books of theatrical plays: Gravitaciones Teatrales (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2002); The plan of the waters / El plan de las aguas (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2008); Trilogía de Teatro Breve (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2012); and Las tocayas — pieza teatral (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2013). She has published the book of essays, notes, and literary reviews Crónicas Hispanounidenses (Miami: ANLE & Ed. Baquiana, 2014). She has co-edited the book of testimonies by Cuban authors Haz de incitaciones: poetas y artistas cubanos hablan (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2003), and the book of literary analysis Profiles and Shadows — An introduction to the poetry of José María Álvarez (Miami: Ed. Baquiana & Turabo University in Puerto Rico, 2005). She has edited and written the prologues of the books: José Lezama Lima y la Mitificación Barroca (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2007); Español o Espanglish ¿Cuál es el futuro de nuestra lengua en los EE.UU.? (Miami: Ed. Baquiana & CCEMIAMI, 1st ed. 2005 / 2nd ed. 2006 / 3rd ed. 2008); and Homenaje a Miguel Hernández en su centenario (Miami: Ed. Baquiana, 2010), among others. She translated into English the poetry book Romances de Coral Gables (Romances of Coral Gables) by Juan Ramón Jiménez, published in a joint project by the AECID, CCEMIAMI and the Spanish Embassy in the USA (Madrid: T.F. Artes Gráficas S.A., 2011).
Her poems, short stories, plays, essays, literary reviews, and articles have been published in many anthologies and specialized publications in different countries. Her work has been translated partially into other languages. She has participated in multiple congresses, recitals, symposiums, and book fairs.
In 2006, she was invited to participate, along with other Hispanic authors who reside in the United States, in the “Celebración de los 450 años de Poesía en Español en los Estados Unidos” (Celebration of the 450 years of Hispanic Poetry in the United States) at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
In 2010, she was selected among the 100 Latinos more distinguished of the City of Miami by the Asociación FusiónArte Madrid y Fusión Latina, with the collaboration of Casa América in Madrid y the Spain-Florida Foundation (500 years) in the State of Florida.
In 2016, she was invited to give her Acceptance Speech as Numerary Member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE) at the King Juan Carlos I Center of New York University (NYU). The title of her speech was: Ana Rosa Núñez: un pilar cultural del exilio cubano de 1959 / Ana Rosa Núñez: a cultural pillar of the Cuban exile of 1959.
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