SUSANNAH RODRIGUEZ DRISSI is a Cuban poet, writer, translator and scholar. A Lecturer in UCLA’s Writing Program, she is finishing a book titled Let Us Be Moors: The Arab & Islamic Presence in Cuban Literature & Culture from the 1830s to the Present. In addition to numerous academic articles and books chapters, her poetry has appeared in both print and on-line journals. Her short story, “The Will” won First Prize in the College Language Association Short Fiction Competition (2005). Recently, a selection of her poems, Lupe’s Trilogy (Cuba, 1990-1992), was short listed for the 2014 Poetry Short List of the Small Axe Literary Competition and is currently available from SX Salon. Her short play, Houses Without Walls, will premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 7-24, 2018. An excerpt from Houses . . . was published by La Casita Grande Press, an imprint of Black Rose Writing specializing in Caribbean/Latino literature (Read it here.). Her musical, Nocturno, is currently in the development stage.
She received her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State University, Long Beach (2005) and her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA (2012). Her specializations include Latin American literatures and cultures, with a special focus on Caribbean literatures and cultures and, in particular, Cuba; Latino literatures and cultures; Translation Studies; and Maghrebian literatures and cultures. Her research focuses on links between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Arab world, with a special focus on Cuba and North Africa; postcolonial studies; translation studies; and transglobal trends. She is a UC-Cuba Affiliate Scholar since 2012 and contributing member of UC-Cuba Academic Initiative since 2008. From 2015-2016, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Hemispheric American Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona,
She is Associate and Literary Editor at Cuba Counterpoints, a new journal dedicated to dynamic analysis and commentary on Cuban affairs.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. She seeks representation for her novel Until We’re Fish. Currently, she finishes Letters from Camus, her second novel.