List of Dominican Authors

There are a number of notables in any list of Dominican authors, those who have been recognized for their talent internationally.

Indeed the Dominican Republic has brought forth its share of literary talent -- authors, writers, poets -- over the last century or so and foremost amongst these are probably those who are listed here.

List of Dominican Authors of note include:

  • Julia Alvarez
  • Julia Alvarez (born March 27, 1950) is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. Born in New York of Dominican descent, she spent the first ten years of her childhood in the Dominican Republic.

  • Arambilet
  • Angel Luis Arambilet Alvarez [ARAMBILET] (born September 16, 1957 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a writer, screenplayer, painter, graphic artist, filmmaker and systems engineer.

  • Josefina Baez
  • Josefina Baez (La Romana, Dominican Republic/New York), actor, writer, director and educator, is the founder and present director of Ay Ombe Theatre Troupe (estd. 1986).

  • Rei Berroa
  • Rei Berroa (born in Gurabo, Dominican Republic, 1949), is a Dominican-American poet, university professor, literary and cultural critic, and translator living in the United States. He has published more than 25 books of poetry, anthologies, translations, and literary criticism.

  • Manuel del Cabral
  • Manuel del Cabral (7 March 1907, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic – 14 May 1999, Santo Domingo) was a Dominican poet and writer. In 1992 he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura.

  • Aída Cartagena Portalatín
  • Aída Cartagena Portalatín (June 18, 1918 — June 3, 1994) was a prolific poet, fiction writer and essayist. She wrote in Spanish. Some of her work has been translated into English and other languages.

  • Hilma Contreras
  • Hilma Contreras Castillo (December 8, 1913 - January 15, 2006) was a Dominican writer, born in San Francisco de Macorís.

  • Angie Cruz
  • Angie Cruz is an American novelist of Dominican descent, born in Washington Heights, New York City. She often traveled back and forth between New York City and the Dominican Republic while growing up. She is currently a professor at Texas A&M University.

  • Junot Diaz
  • Junot Díaz (born December 31, 1968) is a Dominican-American writer and creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Central to Díaz's work is the immigrant experience. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao', in 2008.

  • Pedro Henríquez Ureña
  • Pedro Henríquez Ureña (29 June 1884 - 1946) was a Dominican intellectual, essayist, philosopher, humanist, philologist and literary critic.

  • Mariano Lebrón Saviñón
  • Mariano Lebrón Saviñón (Santo Domingo, 3 August 1922) is a Dominican author of the 20th century. One of the founders of the first private university in the Dominican Republic, he named it, as the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, also writing its anthem.

  • Miguel D. Mena
  • Miguel de Mena (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1961). Poet, essayist and publisher.

  • Leopoldo Minaya
  • Leopoldo Minaya (Born November 15, 1963) is a Dominican poet. He is well known as a member of the Generation of 1980 literary movement in the Dominican Republic. He won the 201 Miguel de Cervantes Cultural Association Award that is awarded annually in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Pedro Mir
  • Pedro Julio Mir Valentín (3 June 1913, San Pedro de Macorís – 11 July 2000, Santo Domingo) was a Dominican poet and writer, named Poet Laureate of the Dominican Republic by Congress in 1984, and a member of the generation of 'Independent poets of the 1940s' in Dominican poetry.

  • José Núñez de Cáceres
  • José Núñez de Cáceres (Santo Domingo, March 14, 1772 Ciudad Victoria, September 11, 1846) was a Dominican politician and writer. He was the leader of Dominican independence when Spain ruled the country and he was also the first person in the country to use literature as weapon of social protest and politics.

  • Arturo Rodríguez Fernández
  • Arturo Rodríguez Fernández (1948-April 16, 2010) was an author, film critic, and playwright, born in Santo Domingo. He attended high school in Spain, and went on to receive a law degree from National University Pedro Henríquez Ureña and from universities in Strasbourg, France and Italy. He has received over thirty national and international literary awards.

  • Salomé Ureña
  • Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (1850–1897) better known as Salomé Ureña, was a revered poet and pedagogist of the Dominican Republic. Born in Santo Domingo in 1850, she was one of the central figures of lyrical poetry of the 19th century and an innovator of the feminine education in her country.

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