Elena Lahr-Vivaz

Elena Lahr-Vivaz is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers University–Newark, where she specializes in Latin American literature and film. She is now completing a book on Cuban writers and artists, titled Writing Islands: Space and Identity in the Transnational Cuban Archipelago.

  • Havana, Cuba
    I first met award-winning Cuban poet Reina María Rodríguez in 2003, during a month-long trip to Havana. I remember climbing the stairs that led to her rooftop home, known as the Azotea, on the Calle Á...


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