Virgil Suárez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. He is the author of four published novels, including Latin Jazz (William Morrow, 1989, Simon & Schuster, 1990, and lsu Press 2002), a collection of short stories titled Welcome to the Oasis (Arte Público Press, 1992, and several collections of poetry. With his wife, Delia Poey, he has co-edited two best-selling anthologies: Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction (Harper Collins, 1993) and Little Havana Blues: A Contemporary Cuban-American Literature Anthology (Arte Público Press, 1995). Nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, his poetry, stories, translations, and essays continue to be published in journals and reviews such as Callaloo, The Caribbean Review, Crazyhorse, The Kenyon Review, Meridian, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, Ontario Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and many others in the United States. His work has also appeared abroad in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, New Zealand and Spain.