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Francis Sánchez

La Dirección de Cultura de Ciego de Ávila prohibió una exposición de poesía visual del escritor y periodista Francis Sánchez que inicialmente había aprobado el Consejo Provincial de las Artes Plásticas y se realizaría en la galería Raúl Martínez, de la propia institución.

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El Festival del Arte y la Literatura de Miami, Vista, entregó durante su sexta edición el Premio de Poesía Dulce María Loynaz 2016 a Francis Sánchez por su poemario Llamadme libertad.

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Francis Sanchez, 6 April 2017 – A group of people who loved him, met this April 5 to remember the poet Pedro Alberto Assed, who recently died. In the library of his city, Ciego de Avila, Cuba, the young writer Heriberto Machado called us together, and I had the opportunity to speak from my emotion … Continue reading "A Candle Lit by Assef and His Poetry / Francis Sanchez" Continue reading
Note: Décima (tenth) refers to a ten-line stanza of poetry Francis Sanchez, April 5, 2017 – Decimismo in Cuba is a phenomenon that in recent years has not stopped growing, widely overflowing in rural culture, orality and festive traditions. A world of the Cuban décima with its own laws, with its own myths and knowledge, that for a … Continue reading "All the Good Decimistas Write… Poetry? / Francis Sanchez" Continue reading
Francis Sanchez, 29 March 2017 – Cuba is the country with the second highest levels of depression in Latin America, exceeded only by Brazil. The statistics appear in a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released in Geneva. From this report, paradoxically, this data is omitted by Cuban publications that otherwise echo the report. The … Continue reading "Depressed But Happy? / Francis Sanchez" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 – The poet and essayist Francis Sanchez has returned to the blogosphere this week after six years of not updating his personal blog. The writer from Ciego de Avila announced he would continue to publish his ideas “without censorship” on his site Man in the Clouds, now with a new … Continue reading "Poet Francis Sanchez Reopens His Blog After Six Years Of Digital Silence / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Francis Sanchez, 1 March 2017 – I am re-opening this blog where I will publish my ideas without censorship. It’s been years since October 2010 when I started “Man in the Clouds” and after five months I was forced to stop updating it. All of the bloggers in Cuba were being accused at that time … Continue reading "Why Am I (Again) “in the clouds”? / Francis Sanchez" Continue reading
[1] Writers tired of mediocrity Ángel Santiesteban, 9 March 2015 — I recognize that at times I don’t mention writers living in Cuba for fear of harming them, although I know how most Cuba intellectuals think, I know, I’m aware of it, because of what they do, the game continues and what will they get in return for faked docile behavior in support of totalitarianism. Among those I don’t mention is Francis Sánchez [2], a writer from Ciego de Ávila, whom I have accompanied for years in his intellectual development, and then, that call to his conscience to express his political feelings. To this end, he has faced fierce government criticism, harsher in the province than in the capital, being more isolated from the international media and with fewer Human Rights activists. Thus, he has had to swim upstream and against the current most of the time. I know his family, whom I don’t name so as not to cause them to be hurt; I have visited his house, I have crouched in that space of creative lineage, I have accompanied his sons [3] and bought them fish food (they are already teenagers), and they consider me a family friend, to my personal pride. I also thank them that through them I met Laurita in Mexico who helped me, against their will, to create this blog “The Children Nobody Wanted,” and I will always be grateful. [4] It has been gratifying to know that — despite the pressures of State Security, the Provincial Party and the cultural marginality of the functionaries who direct this organization — Francis has answered his call to conscience, resisting the tension of knowing himself to be walking a tightrope, on the razor’s edge, and he has exhibited his work “Cicatrices” (Scars), in the gallery of the artists and human rights defenders Luis Trápaga and Lía Villares. Take care brother, they are lurking, and fabricating a case against you and it will be like an absurd journey into hell, that you won’t believe until you see the total darkness. In any event, there at the point of no return, my voice will be with you, my cry joined with that of your family. I send you a huge hug and my pride in our friendship, and the mutual need to express ourselves honestly in our time, feeling the light that crosses our body, in that full transparency brought to us by the true artists, and first of all by our José Martí. I ask the international community to keep Francis Sánchez and his family in sight, preventing another institutional abuse to silence his voice, his art, which is so painful to the dictatorship. [5] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Continue reading

La exposición de poesía visual Cicatrices, de Francis Sánchez, acaba de inaugurarse en la galería El Círculo, en La Habana.

Sánchez (Ciego de Ávila, 1970), ha publicado poesía y ensayo. Entre otros, ha ganado el Premio Cervantes 2001 con su poemario Luces de ausencia mía, y el Premio de Ensayo Juan Marinello, con Dulce María Loynaz, la agonía de un mito.

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14YMEDIO, Francis Sanchez, Ciego de Avila, 18 August 2014 – The anecdotes, the identities and the composition of the family of the Cuban Revolution’s Maximum Leaders, after become a taboo subject due to steps taken by themselves, has become the … Continue reading Continue reading
On the 15th of February 2008, with the uploading to the internet of Issue 1 (January-February), the magazine Convivencia was born in Pinar del Río.  Since then, six years have passed of uninterrupted bimonthly publication.  The new publication invited one … Continue reading Continue reading
At the request of Angel Santiesteban I am publishing here the letter sent by the well-known poet and writer Francis Sanchez, in which he attached an article he wrote. The Editor Angelito: I don’t know if you can open your … Continue reading Continue reading
Almost thirty years after the fall of the communist bloc, the Cuban writer José Lezama Lima is still dealing with “Moscow” through the ongoing influence of the Soviet Union, to which he himself fell victim, dying after having been ostracized after … Continue reading Continue reading
Photos: Francis Sanchez I went shopping in search of a hoe. Perhaps it was suddenly suggested to me by the partisan propaganda which always lays a guilt trip on the will of the majority — yeah, the runaway slaves who can’t be allowed to govern themselves — while the saving ideas inevitably fall from above, [...] Continue reading
[In this part of an unedited interview, which I don’t know when it will be published, I respond to the question: "Ciego de Ávila: Love or scorn?"] I have tried to invent the province lovingly, although for that I had to give a primary form to that love without obligation until it was more or [...] Continue reading
Interview of Salvado Bueno (fragment*) I met him in 1998. That year, on October 12, he received the “José Vasconcelos” prize in a ceremony at the National Hotel in Havana. The gold medal, conferred by the Hispanic Affirmation Front (HAF) to intellectuals of the Castillian language for lifetime achievement, had already gone to figures of [...] Continue reading
Photo: Francis Sánchez One day I discovered that my wife accused me of attempted murder. She based her accusation on a poem she had found among my unpublished scribbles, where I addressed the dream of a just death that could follow a liberating shot. Carrying forward the tragic event, with the right that attends every [...] Continue reading
(A Contribution to Travel Literature) That the facilities for obtaining patents for small services trigger a headlong rush among Cubans you already knew. The restrictions on private enterprise, and chronic shortages, plus the deep social (and stomach!) vacuum left by inefficient state enterprises that have monopolized the trade, was an antecedent too pitiful to not [...] Continue reading
What confusion. Pablo Milanes, the mythical founder of the Movement for the Nueva Trova (1972), began the second part of his nationwide tour “For Cuba” in the center of the island, only about ten minutes on a bike from my home. They premiered, even a rebuilt stage for large events on a track between insulated [...] Continue reading Continue reading
I had promised to publish two other parts of my last post, “Closed for Demolition”. Many days have gone by without my being able to do so. I will no longer do it, because definitely what I had in mind would only add essay-type content. The fundamental thing, the denunciation, is already done, and what [...] Continue reading
[I have decided to publish, before this blog is closed down, some texts that I didn't publish at the time because it was practically impossible to do it because of obvious difficulties or because as time passed I doubted that it would be the best idea. Due to recent events, I think it is best [...] Continue reading
Photo: Francis Sánchez. One day a long time ago, I drew the word birch to my favourite and beloved poet Herberto Padilla, the word which he could never climb in such a short life the place where we had gone running to with our eyes so little we cut ourselves with the crystal of the [...] Continue reading
Personalities on television, as a matter of privilege, exercise basic rights that are denied to viewers. There appears to have been considerable impact from the TV program “Where there is true affection, two… [are enough],” directed and hosted by the singer Amaury Perez. The guest to close a first and long season was none other [...] Continue reading
Trapped by the crowd, he had his back pressed against the wall of the movie theater. Everyone was shouting, demanding an attentive response, as if he could extricate himself and easily take some phrase in that scandal with which he’d been squashed. In the rarefied atmosphere of the night, plus the collective agitation, and the [...] Continue reading
In Ciego de Avila, Cuba, 24 January 2011 To: Whom it may concern. Subject: Formal resignation from the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) Disclaimer: I don’t care to detour to particular and depressing facts, being the last drops, and perhaps less than could have overwhelmed my disappointment. Message: If there are reasons [...] Continue reading