Prominent Cuban author Mirta Yáñez and translator Sara E. Cooper.


Cuban women participate in volunteer agricultural brigades .


Cuban literacy rate is the highest in Latin America.

Cubanabooks Mission Statement

is a small independent press devoted to bringing first-class literature from Cuban women to a United States audience as well as to a global English and Spanish-speaking public. Publishing select literary gems in English or in bilingual English/Spanish volumes, Cubanabooks aims to correct the current U.S. unavailability of excellent literature from Cubans living in Cuba. At this time we prioritize the dissemination of works by living female writers who reside on the island.

Cubanabooks Editorial Board


Sara E. Cooper, California State University, Chico
Irune Del Río Gabiola, Butler University
Maria DiFrancesco, Ithaca College
Mirta Yáñez, Universidad de La Havana (Retired), author
Nancy Alonso, Cojímar, Cuba, author
Jacqueline Loss, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Paula Sanmartín, California State University, Fresno

About the Staff


Senior Editor

Dr. Sara E. Cooper (Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 1999) is an Associate Professor at California State University, Chico.  She teaches Spanish, Contemporary Latin American, Latina/o and Chicana/o cultural production and Gender/Queer Studies. She is the founder of the Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Cultural Expression Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association and has a special interest in women's experiences in Cuba.  She is the editor of The Ties That Bind: Questioning Family Dynamics and Family Discourse in Hispanic Literature and Film as well as Lesbian Images in International Popular Culture (also a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies). She is the translator of Burnt Honey– a novel by Chicano Antonio Arreguín Bermúdez and Havana is a Really Big City by Cuban Mirta Yáñez. Her articles and translations appear in several journals and anthologies, including: Letras femeninas , Chasqui, Confluencia, Cuban Studies , Kunapipi, A Changing Cuba in a Changing World, Cultura y letras cubanas en el siglo XXI, Tortilleras: Hispanic and Latina Lesbian Expression, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies and Challenging Lesbian Norms . Dr. Cooper currently is working on a book about humor in post-revolutionary Cuba.


Jamie McGrath (MLIS University of South Florida, Tampa 1984) has deepened her lifelong love affair with the written word by working as a journalist, managing editor, and librarian. She loves to volunteer in libraries when she is in Latin America for a month or longer. Libraries have always been her home of choice. For the past 12 years she has sung in Spanish with La Peña Chorus ( toured with them to Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Argentina. In addition to getting the word out about Cubanabooks, she is currently cowriting and editing the multimedia production about the chorus´s recent tour to Uruguay and Argentina.


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