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Award-winning journalist to speak, conduct writing workshop at IU Northwest April 12

With roots in Cuba and Michigan City, Achy Obejas to cover her book, travels, experiences

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Achy Obejas, Cuban-American journalist, essayist, novelist, and educator

The Indiana University Northwest Office of Diversity Programming, and the Department of English, welcome Achy Obejas, a Cuban-American journalist, essayist, novelist, and educator, who as a child immigrated to Northwest Indiana. Obejas will be on campus Thursday, April 12 to read from one of her most recent novels, Ruins, and conduct an insightful writing workshop for students and the community.

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center.  A one-hour writing workshop will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the Gallery. The workshop is also open to the public.

Obejas is the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Chair at DePaul University in Latin American and Latino Studies and the Department of English. She is a writer of impressive range and accomplishment, having written a number of novels including Memory Mambo and Days of Awe. She is best known for her short fiction of seven spellbinding stories, We Came All the Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?

Obejas worked for more than 10 years at the Chicago Tribune writing and reporting about arts and culture. Among literally thousands of stories, she helped cover Pope John Paul II's historic 1998 visit to Cuba, the Versace murder, and the AIDS epidemic.

She was born in 1956 in Havana, Cuba, a city she left at age six when she came to the United States with her parents after the Cuban revolution. She grew up in Michigan City, Ind., and moved to Chicago in 1979.

Obejas returned to the island of her birth at age 39. The trip was pivotal as her Cuban experiences recur throughout her writings. As an activist and writer, she continues to explore her Cuban identity, earning her an important place in the literature of the United States.

The discussion and writing workshop are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Phyllis Barlow at 219-980-6596 or at


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