Nicolás Guillén

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Birthday
10, 1902
Birthplace
Cuba
Death Date
Jul 16, 1989 (87)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
10, 1902
Birthplace
Cuba
Death Date
Jul 16, 1989 (87)

About

Cuban poet, author, and activist known for Motivos de Son and West Indies, Ltd. He also worked as a reporter during the Spanish Civil War.

Before Fame

He studied at the University of Havana with the intention of becoming a lawyer.

Trivia

He was known for both his Afro-Cuban poetry and his membership in the Communist Party.

Family Life

His father, a journalist of African and Spanish descent, was assassinated by the Cuban government.

Associated With

He met Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes in 1930. The two quickly bonded over a shared literary aesthetic and a passion for social justice.