Magda Montiel Davis
Please join Prairie Lights and the University of Iowa Press, along with the Nonfiction Writing Program for a reading with Magda Montiel Davis to celebrate the relase of her book, Kissing Fidel: a Memoir of Cuban American Terrorism in the United States.
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Kissing Fidel is the winner of the 2019 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Hanif Abdurraqib says of the book, “Kissing Fidel is most generous in how it treats the layered nuances of history; not just as fact, but as something that impacts the body, the landscape, the maze of the mind. I love how this work intersects, how it asks questions of both reader and self, with the understanding that there is no one clear answer. This is a rich and resonant text.”
Magda Montiel Davis left her homeland of Cuba for the United States at age eight, shortly after the rise of the Cuban Revolution. She is an MFA graduate of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, where she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship. Her book, Kissing Fidel: a Memoir of Cuban American Terrorism in the United States, received Honorable Mention in the 2019 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award. It was also the winner of the 2019 Iowa Prize of Literary Nonfiction. It will be published by the University of Iowa Press. Among Magda’s published work is “She Might Die,” Bellevue Literary Review, and “Ashes Over Havana,” selected for inclusion in Best Women’s Travel Writing; Sweden’s Gränslös (“Aska över Havanna”); and Cobalt’s 7 th Annual Baseball Issue. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law as well, Magda is a decades-long immigration lawyer and former Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress. From Havana to the American South to Miami, she now lives on a farm outside Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature.