Biography and History

Lorenzo García Vega was born in 1926 in Jagüey Grande, in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. A poet living in exile since the late 1960s, García Vega is best known for his involvement in the literary group Orígenes. Over his lifetime, he has published nearly two dozen works of poetry and prose, and in 1952 won Cuba’s Premio Nacional de Literatura. García Vega became a polemical figure with the publication of Los años de Orígenes [1978] a book that offered an alternate view of the famed literary group than the one traditionally held by the Cuban reading public. Reviled for his representation of José Lezama Lima, the group's founder, García Vega has since suffered a kind of double exile: the first from Cuba, and the second from the Cuban literary and intellectual milieu to which he formerly belonged. Despite this, writers such as Antonio José Ponte and Victor Fowler celebrate García Vega's work, abundant with repetition and often fragmented or elliptical, for its innovation and literary radicalism.

Since leaving Cuba, García Vega has lived in Madrid, New York, and Caracas before settling in Miami, Florida, where he currently resides. For years he bagged groceries in the local Publix supermarket, an experience that he refers to in his memoir El oficio de perder [2005]. Between the years 2000-2008 García Vega wrote regular columns in the “Artes y Letras” section of the newspaper “El Nuevo Herald” (Miami, Florida).

Major published works

Erogando trizas donde gotas de lo vario pinto [2011]

Lo que voy siendo: antología poética [2009]

Devastación del Hotel San Luis [2007]

Papeles sin ángel [2005]

No mueras sin laberinto: poemas (1998-2004) [2005]

Una Cuba: cinco voces [2005]

Cuerdas para Aleister [2005]

El oficio de perder [2005]

Palíndromo en otra cerradura. Homenaje a Duchamp [1999]

Vilis [1998]

Espacios para lo huyuyo [1993]

Collages de un notario [1993]

Variaciones a como veredicto para sol de otras dudas [1993]

Poemas para penúltima vez 1948-1989 [1991]

Los años de Orígenes [1979]

Rostros del reverso [1977]

Ritmos acribillados [1972]

Antología de la novela cubana [1960]

Cetrería del títere [1960]

Espirales del cuje [1951]

“Suite” para la espera: poemas [1948]

Source: From the finding aid for C1411

  • Lorenzo García Vega Papers. 1969-2008 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1411

    Lorenzo García Vega is a Cuban writer best known for his involvement in the literary group Orígenes. The collection consists of selected manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence and clippings.