Cuban-born author to speak at Jackson State

Marisella Veiga, a Cuban-born author, poet and journalist, will speak Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 at Jackson State Community College.

Veiga wrote “We Carry Our Homes with Us: A Cuban-American Memoir” about her family’s flight from Cuba and their exile and resettlement in the American Midwest. Her writings have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Poets & Writers and Art in America.

She will speak to students and guests at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in room 108 of the Nursing Building. The auditorium can seat up to 120 people. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Her memoir explores the transition from Cuba to Minnesota in the early 1960s as her family adjusted to a new culture, language and climate in order to escape communism. It was published in April and will be available for purchase.

Born in Havana, Veiga was raised in St. Paul and Miami. She lives in St. Augustine, Fla., where she is an adjunct instructor at Flagler College. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, celebrated cook and winner of several awards for fiction and nonfiction writing.

Veiga’s visit coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, which is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 this year.

For more information about this or other events pertaining to international education at JSCC, contact Mary Wadley at (731) 424-3520 ext. 50252 or