García Vega, Lorenzo.
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  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 . 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 
Lo que voy siendo: antología poética 
Devastación del Hotel San Luis 
Papeles sin ángel 
No mueras sin laberinto: poemas (1998-2004) 
Una Cuba: cinco voces 
Cuerdas para Aleister 
El oficio de perder 
Palíndromo en otra cerradura. Homenaje a Duchamp 
Espacios para lo huyuyo 
Collages de un notario 
Variaciones a como veredicto para sol de otras dudas 
Poemas para penúltima vez 1948-1989 
Los años de Orígenes 
Rostros del reverso 
Ritmos acribillados 
Antología de la novela cubana 
Cetrería del títere 
Espirales del cuje 
“Suite” para la espera: poemas 
Source: From the finding aid for C1411
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.