The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to host Víctor Puertodán as a Visiting Scholar during the fall semester of 2013. Mr. Puertodán is a Cuban writer, poet, and literary critic who lives in Valencia, Spain. He is the founding President of the Alfonso Camín Literary Association, devoted to the study and dissemination of the poetic work of the Spanish writer Alfonso Camín. Mr. Puertodán has been a member of the jury for numerous literary contests in Havana as well as a teacher and lecturer in Valencia.
Alfonso Camín (1890–1982) lived in Cuba between 1905 and 1915 and later moved to Mexico and back to Spain. In Santiago de Cuba and Havana he worked as a journalist in El Cubano Libre, El Liberal, and Diario de la Marina. His first book of poetry, Adelfas, was published in Havana in 1913. Altogether, he authored 77 books between 1913 and 1967, including poems, novels, short stories, drama, and essays. He is considered one of the precursors of Afro-Cuban poetry as well as the national poet of Asturias.