Norge Espinosa Mendoza, Santa Clara, 1971. Espinosa is a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Arte and the Instituto Superior de Artes de La Habana. Poet, critic, and playwright, he is also one of Cuba’s most visible gay activists, having organized events such as the Jornada de Arte Homoerótico, the first of its kind in the country (1998-2000), and, together with Víctor Fowler, the island’s first conference on Homoerotic Cuban Literature. His books include Las breves tribulaciones (poetry); Ícaros y otras piezas míticas (theater); Cuerpos de un deseo diferente (essays on queer Cuban culture); and Escenarios que arden (criticism and essays on contemporary Cuban theater). His plays have premiered in Cuba, Puerto Rico, France, and the United States.