Juan Abreu, writer, journalist and artist, was born in Havana, Cuba in 1952. He has published three books: Libro de las exhortaciones al amor, Habanera fue and A la sombra del mar: Jornadas cubanas con Reinaldo Arenas. He is currently working on a trilogy set in the future "but not science fiction," entitled Garbageland, from which the present selection is taken. He has been a columnist for Diario las Américas since 1990. His artwork can be found in public institutions and art galleries throughout the United States. He lives and works in the United States and Barcelona, Spain.