Pedro Pérez-Sarduy is a distinguished, award winning poet, writer, journalist, broadcaster and cultural critic residing in London and Havana. In 1962, he was among the first literary advisers of the newly founded Escuela Nacional de Arte (National School of Art) in Havana. He studied classical language and literature at the University of Central Marta Abreu, Santa Clara, and English and French literatures at the University of Havana (1960-65), where he also studied journalism (1967).
Sarduy worked for Cuban National Radio (1965-79) and BBC World Service (1981-1994). He is the author of Surrealidad, 1967; Cumbite and Other Poems (1987, bilingual 1990); and Malecón Sigloveinte, 2005. His first novel, Las Criadas de La Habana, (The Maids of Havana/Les Bonnes de La Havane,) was published in 2001 and reprinted in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2014. His work is in The 2005 Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, and The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus, London (2012).
Pedro is the co-editor of two seminal books – AFROCUBA: An Anthology of Cuban Writing on Race, Politics and Culture, (bilingual 1993, 1998), and Afro-Cuban Voices: On Race and Identity in Contemporary Cuba, 2000. He was a Ford Foundation Writer in Residence at Columbia University, 1989; CUNY Caribbean Exchange Program, Hunter College, 1990; Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, University of Florida, 1993; Rockefeller Fellowship Caribbean Program, University of Puerto Rico, 1997 and Charles McGill Fellow Visiting Lecturer, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 2004. Pérez-Sarduy was awarded in poetry by Casa de las Américas in 1966, Julián del Casal, UNEAC in 1967, and Prix du Livre Insulaire, Ouessant in 2008. In 2009, he received the Victor Hugo UNESCO bronze medal.