Tom Miller, one of Tucson’s most respected writers, returns to the Arizona Senior Academy Wednesday (Dec. 18) at 3:30 p.m. to share what he learned while writing his latest book, “Trading With the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro’s Cuba.”
Miller has written six books and numerous articles for major publications about the Southwest and Latin America. He has led a number of Cuban tours for literary professionals for National Geographic Expeditions and a Treasury Department Exchange program. One of these trips leaves this summer. Miller is also writing a new book about Don Quixote based on recent travels in Spain.
After interviewing the writer, one is left with the impression that, much like the song, he is ”bewitched, bothered, and bewildered” by Cuba. His talk will cover U.S.-Cuba foreign policies (informally), how the embargo affects Cuba and Cubans, what you see on the streets (and what you don’t) and spirituality (Santeria, Judaism, Catholicism).
“I’ve been to Cuba practically every year for more than a quarter century, and I don’t think I’ve met more than a half-dozen officials,” Miller notes. “I do the street.” His talk, “Cuba from the Street,” will reflect that. His intimacy with Cuba has been sealed by marriage. His wife, Regla Albarran, is Cuban.
Miller was born and raised in Washington DC and attended college in Ohio, where he became editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper. He moved to Tucson somewhat on a lark in the late 1960s where he soon hooked up with the underground press and made some early connections with Esquire Magazine and the New York Times. His travel books have been enthusiastically reviewed in major papers, the San Francisco Chronicle noting that Miller is “One of our best non-fiction writers.”
Submitted by Brack Brown, Academy Village Volunteer