Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. Dariel’s story collection, A KIND OF SOLITUDE, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Spokane Short Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Willow Springs Books in fall of 2018. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs and one of City of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows. Dariel has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and is now the Director of Core Programs and Faculty at Grub Street, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. His work has received honors and awards from the Boston Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Glimmer Train, and Nimrod International‘s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. He has also been a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize and the Autumn House Press Fiction Contest. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.