On April 15, Cuban literary scholar and editor Vitalina Alfonso Torres gave a talk on Post-Revolutionary Cuban Women Writers. Throughout her week at Davidson, Vitalina generously served as a "scholar in resident." Beyond her presentation, she also visited numerous classes across campus, and enjoyed lively mealtime dialogues with students and colleagues.
Vitalina Alfonso Torres has been dedicating her wide talents to literary criticism and editorial work since 1985 in La Habana; she is a member of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC, Union of Cuban Writers and Artists), which essentially controls publishing in Cuba. Vitalina has edited more than a hundred books, published four of her own (the fifth one is coming out soon), as well as countless articles. Vitalina has earned scholarships and conducted research both in the United States and Cuba. She has served often as a juror for the Premio David, Cuba's most prestigious literary prize. Currently, she serves as editor of publications dedicated to the City of Havana.