Afro-Ecuadorian Poets Tell their Stories at Cuban Fair


Seventeen Afro-Ecuadorian women, Sulia Caicedo among them, related their sorrows, joys, defeats and aspirations through poetry, in an anthology that was released yesterday in Havana as part of the 22nd International Book Fair.

The volume, prepared as part of a project implemented by the Coordinated Heritage Ministry in Ecuador, aims to bring readers closer to the written work of Afro-descendant poets from that nation, honorary guest at Cuba’s next literary event.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Caicedo recalled her beginnings in poetry, which date back to her student days, although her love for spoken verse comes from her parents, who also recite poetry, something that helped with her training.

She said that at the age of 15, she wrote little poems, “just for entertainment and not consciously. Then, I met a woman in my hometown Esmeralda who encouraged me to write, leaving behind the shyness of adolescence,” she said.

“This is how my first sequential poems arose, containing the deep, strong, and experiential style that has accompanied me to the present,” said Caicedo.

The anthology “Poesía de mujeres afroecuatorianas” (Poetry by Afro-Ecuadorian women) collects the work of writers with a renowned work and recognition in the field of national literature, but also of young people who are new to this exercise.

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