Timeline

  Every life occurs in a context. Here is mine..
 
1940   Olga and her twin brother Roberto are born in Havana. Cuban constitution ratified
Olga begins visits to Rinconcito Farm near Havana. Batista overthrows constitutional order  

1952

1956   Olga attends school for 8 months in the United States. Rebellious ferment in Cuba
Olga graduates from Ruston Academy & enrolls at Santo Tomas de Villanueva university in Havana. Batista regime overthrown, Castro takes power   1958-59
1960   Olga & fellow students plead with Castro not to close Santo Tomas de Villanueva University. She is affianced to her American boyfriend and emigrates to U.S. to marry. Castro withdraws promise of elections. Large-scale emigrations from Cuba
Olga's daughter Carla is born. That September she begins attending Connecticut College part-time. Following missile crisis, Castro consolidates his regime   1963
1966   Olga and her 3-year-old daughter move to an apartment in an unpaved street in Somerville, MA. Olga enrolls at Harvard. Cuba, having struck a position of independence from the major Communist powers, is actively exporting "revolution" in Africa and Latin America
Olga remarries. Her son Nathaniel is born. At Harvard, student demonstrators wave banners with Che Guevara’s image and denounce Olga as an "obsolete Cuban worm." Castro re-cements ties with the Soviet Union, supports Soviets’ invasion of Czechoslovakia   1968 - 1970
1976   Olga completes her doctoral dissertation on Lezama Lima's novel Paradiso, receives her Ph.D. from Harvard and settles in Buffalo, NY. She starts teaching at Nichols School. Cuban troops are fighting in Angola and Ethiopia. At home, Castro’s persecution of dissidents, artists and homosexuals is at its height
Olga publishes Adios, her first book of poems, joins faculty at D’Youville College, and begins lasting relationship with the Buffalo Hispanic community. "Mariel boatlift," mass emigration from Cuba. Olga is part of a Buffalo group who takes in four boat-people   1980
1982-1984   Olga takes an active part in the election campaign of Raul Figueroa, Buffalo's first first Puerto Rican city court judge. Olga's poems appear in a mural at the Allen-Hospital Station of the Buffalo subway system
Olga publishes her second book of poems, Border Crossing. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the deepening of Cuba’s chronic economic crisis, Castro regime loosens restrictions on foreign tourism in an effort to attract foreign currency   Early 1990’s
Mid 1990's   Olga, begins plans to visit Cuba. Amid demonstrations and threats to his regime, Castro provokes a new wave of mass emigration. Cuba reaches new levels of chaos and economic misery
Olga returns to Cuba after an absence of 37 years, making peace with her past and discovering once and for all that Buffalo, her residence of more than 20 years, is home. After her second (and last) visit, she begins Scatter My Ashes over Havana.   1997, 1998
2004-2006   PurePlay Press accepts Olga's book and publishes it in the Summer of 2006; Buffalo News features SMAOH's first big story. After publication, related stories, book reviews, readings/book signings, and interviews follow.

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