Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. In 1997, at age fourteen, he immigrated to the United States with his family during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. He is the author of a new novel, The Playwright’s House and the story collection A Kind of Solitude, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, and a MassBook Award “Must Read.” Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow and the Education Director at GrubStreet, the country’s largest independent creative writing center. He’s currently at work on a second novel about the effects of human trafficking, migration, and the broken promises of the American dream through the lens of a multicultural family. Dariel earned his MFA in Fiction at Boston University and resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.