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First Draft - Vanessa Garcia

Tedeora Dakova

Vanessa was born in the Cuban satellite city of Miami, to Cuban parents.  

Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, among other cities. These include The Cuban Spring (a full-length, Carbonell Award nominee for Best New Play, 2015). The Crocodile’s Bite (a short, included in numerous anthologies such as Smith & Kraus’ Best Ten Minute Plays of 2016; City Theatre’s National Short Playwriting Award Anthology, as a finalist; and the Writer’s Digest annual award anthology). And, her most recent play, Grace, Sponsored by Monteverde.

Her visual art has been exhibited around the United States and the Caribbean.

As a journalist, feature writer, and essayist, her pieces have appeared in the LA TimesThe Miami HeraldThe Washington PostThe Southern Humanities ReviewThe Art Basel MagazineThe Rumpus, and numerous other publications. She’s also a Huffington Post Blogger.

Her novel is called White Light. She is currently at work on a memoir entitled My Cuban Routes



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