Santiago writer Rodolfo Tamayo Castellanos received the 2023 Oriente José Antonio Portuondo Prize for literary artistic essay, given by Editorial Oriente.
The jury, made up of Roberto Méndez Martínez, Ángel Pérez,, and María Antonia Borroto Trujillo, unanimously decided to award a prize after reading and evaluating the twelve titles submitted to the competition, reports the Claustrophobias website.
According to the official record: “For his valuable investigative work, especially in archives little visited until now, which re-evaluates and emphasizes an important place in the literary tradition of Cuba, while providing elements of appreciation to better understand the complex configuration of literature. the national field in its future, as well as the poetic avant-garde of the first decades of the 20th century, in its aesthetic and social dimensions; and because it was written with a personal style and accurate management of sources, without stopping the needs of academic research, the prize was given to “The Eastern Cenacle: the poets”, presented under pseudonym Ícaro in the name of Rodolfo Tamayo Castellano.
In addition, “for its documented analysis of the body of meanings and discourses adopted by Cuban poetry with the theme of prison—almost neglected today by national critics—which sheds light on the beauty of the richness of country genre, and for solving this analysis in bold prose, able to unite a scattered and almost unknown textual corpus, a reference is given to “Vindication of the Packs (apostilles on a poetics of the edges)”, presented under the pseudonym Michel Foucault” in the name of Milho Montenegro.
Rodolfo Tamayo Castellano, born in Santiago de Cuba on June 2, 1983, is also a storyteller, researcher, poet,, and director of Ediciones Caserón, which belongs to the Provincial Committee of Uneac in Santiago de Cuba. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Universidad de Oriente in 2010 and has a Master’s degree in Cuban and Caribbean Studies from the Universidad de Oriente. I graduated from the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Literary Training Center.
He has offered lectures on cultural topics at many provincial and national events. He has several investigative publications in the magazines Sic, Caserón, Del Caribe,, and Ventana Sur. His work appears in anthologies published in Cuba and abroad.
Among his published books are Bajo Siege, Ediciones Santiago (2006),and Numerals, Ediciones Santiago (2015). He won the Third and Second Mangle Rojo Prizes (2007 and 2008), the Caserón Editorial Prize (2013), and the Grand Prize of Caridad Pineda in the Memoriam Contest for the Promotion of Reading (2014), among others.