Uva de Aragón (Havana, 1944) has published a dozen books of essays, poetry, short stories, and the novel Memoria del Silencio (2002), which now is offered in its first translation into English. Some of her short stories and a play have also been translated and appear in textbooks and anthologies such as The Voice of the Turtle, Cuba: A Traveler's Literary Companion, Cubana and Cuban-American Theater. She has written a weekly column for Diario Los Américas and de Aragón has merited several literary awards in the United States, Europe and her native Cuba. Until her retirement in 2011, she was Associate Director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, where she also taught. Dr. de Aragón served for six years as Associate Editor of Cuban Studies, the most important academic journal focusing on Cuba. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she obtained a Ph.D. in Latin American and Spanish Literature. Uva has lived in the United States since 1959; since 1999 she visits Cuba frequently, where her work has also been included in anthologies and literary magazines. She comes from a family of writers, and has two daughters and four grandsons.