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Ruth Behar


Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has won prestigious awards, including a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University, and an Excellence in Education Award from the University of Michigan, where she is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology. Known for her writing about the search for home in our global era, she is the author of Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story and The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart. Ruth frequently visits and writes about her native Cuba and is the author of An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba and Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys. She is also the editor of the pioneering anthology, Bridges to Cuba. Her poetry and short fiction can be found in major anthologies, among them Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers, Burnt Sugar/Caña Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish, and The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry. For more information on Ruth, visit her website: