Marilyn Bobes is a poet, novelist, short story writer, literary critic and editor. Her formal training is in history but she has excelled in conveying the realities of contemporary life in Cuba, especially for women. She is co-editor with Mirta Yáñez of the anthology of women’s fiction Estatuas de sal [Statues of Salt]. Bobes has won national and international literary prizes for her work. She participated in the 2012 Latin American Studies Association conference held in San Francisco and was a guest speaker at San José State University in May 2012.