About the Author
Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the author Visionware (Finishing Line Press). She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry and a four time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Reading Queer Anthology, Bridges To/From Cuba, The Antioch Review, The Collapsar, The Notre Dame Review, The South Florida Poetry Journal, This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, The Lavender Review, and others. In 2016 she was awarded a Unity Coalition Educator Leadership Award for her work with LGBTIQ youth and was also named a 2017 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year Award nominee. She is a dual-enrollment English instructor for Miami Dade Public Schools in conjunction with FIU, an English professor for Miami Dade College and the Editor-In-Chief of The Orange Island Review. She resides in Miami, FL with her wife and son.
Little Havana resident Marisol Blanco studied dance at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and taught and choreographed dance at Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Arte. As a dancer and percussionist with Obbini Bata, Cuba’s first all-female dance and percussion group, Blanco performed in Havana’s most famous venues. In 2008, she left Cuba for Miami and began teaching Afro-Cuban dance in Little Havana and serving as an instructor with Arts4Learning. She has performed with Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Company, Mano Santa and her own Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Project. Blanco also leads workshops at dance conferences nationwide; Sikan has become a favorite at National Salsa Congresses. In 2018 and 2019, her group Sikan will be highlighted in #AfroOchoDance Project, a series of “pop-up” performances of Afro-Cuban dance choreographies in various public spaces in Little Havana’s district (learn more at AfroOchoDance.com).