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Title: Darío Espina Pérez Papers, 1988-1995Add to your cart.

ID: CHC5166

Creator: Espina Pérez, Darío (1920-1996)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes. More info below.

Formats/Genres: Letters, Typescripts

Languages: Spanish;Castilian


The Darío Espina Pérez papers document professional activities of Darío Espina Pérez  in capacity of founder and president of Academia Poética de Miami, writer of books on history and literature, poet, lawyer and agricultural engineer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Darío Espina Pérez papers document professional activities of Darío Espina Pérez in capacity of founder and president of Academia Poética de Miami, writer of books on history and literature, poet, lawyer and agricultural engineer.  Bulk of the material consists of correspondence, and many letters relate to operations of Academia Poética de Miami.  The material also includes bulletin of the College of Agricultural Engineers, invitations, typescripts of essays about poetry, a typescript of an essay by Espina Pérez titled "En torno a la Illiada," which is a literary analysis of Homer's Illiad, biographies of various  participants in Forum of Miami, typescripts of poems by Espina Pérez and clippings.

Biographical Note

Darío Espina Pérez was born in Limonar, Matanzas, Cuba on October 25, 1920, to a family dedicated to beekeeping. He received his elementary education in public school and through exams received a scholarship from the Ministry of Agriculture to study to become an agricultural sciences teacher at the Alvaro Reynoso Principal Agricultural School in Colón, Cuba. After earning a bachelor of science degree, he attended the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Havana, where he graduated with the degree of Agricultural Engineer in Sugar Chemistry. He later returned to the University of Havana to earn his law degree.

Espina's activities in Cuba were centered in the banking and agriculture industries. He was part of the accounting department at the Banco Continental Cubano, chief of construction for the Public Works Ministry's "Via Blanca" project, a math professor in the Alvaro Reynoso Provincial Agricultural School, inspector at the Provincial Schools of Agriculture, held various posts at the Banco de Fomento Agricola e Industrial, was consultant and deputy administrator at the Banco Núñez in Havana, manager of a branch of the Banco de la Construcción, professor and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineers of the University of Havana, professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Pinar del Río, chief of the appraisal department at the National Institute of Agrarian Reform in 1959, and finally, officer of the Banco Nacional de Cuba until he left Cuba in 1961 during a scientific congress in Spain.

In 1961, Espina was granted asylum in the United States. Outside of Cuba, Espina continued to be an active professional through his position beginning in 1962 as sector specialist, consultant, and project manager with the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. Espina worked and lived in various countries in Latin America, including Honduras, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Haiti, and Costa Rica.

In 1981, Espina retired from the IDB and settled in Miami, Florida, with his wife, lawyer Hilda Díaz Espina, and their three children, physicians Hilda Tejero and Darío M. Espina and management and information technology specialist Carlos Espina.

Espina authored nearly forty technical and literary books and co-authored several more, all edited in collaboration with his wife, Hilda. In 1989, he founded and directed La Academia Poética de Miami literary society. His writing has received various awards, including Premio Garcilaso de la Vega in 1995, given by the Instituto de Cultura Peruana for his poem La Naturaleza and the Premio Carlos Márquez Sterling in 1992 for the best journalism article on the reconstruction of Cuba. Espina has received many other numerous awards for his engineering work. These include: the Víctor M. Peraza award (1948), recognition from the Municipio de Guamacaro en el Exilio (1989), the Primer Poeta Épico award given by the Colegio Nacional de Pedagogos en el Exilio (1992), the Alvaro Reynoso award from the Colegio Nacional de Ingenieros Agrónomos y Azucereros Cubanos (1992), the Premio Certamen Poético García Lorca (1995), and the Premio Instituto de Cultura Peruana (1995). In 1995 Espina was recognized as the teacher of the decade by the Cuadratura del Círculo Poético Iberoamericano.

Espina passed away in Miami on September 6, 1996.

Subject/Index Terms

Academia Poética de Miami
Authors, Cuban - 20th century
Espina Pérez, Darío

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 2.5 linear feet

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner.  Please, contact chc@miami.edufor more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Hilda Espina, 2005; and Hilda T. Tejero, 2014 and 2016.

Related Publications:

Espina Pérez, Darío. La apicultura en los trópicos (1966)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Poemario de historia universal

Espina Pérez, Darío. Apicultura tropical (1983)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Diccionario de sinónimos hispanoamericanos (1969)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Flora apicola tropical (1983)

Espina Pérez, Darío. A sangre y fuego (1981)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Antología de poetas cubanos (1989)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Cuba heroica (1993)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Diccionario de cubanismos (1972)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Alma de Haití (1979)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Minilexikon (1995)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Antología poética hispanoameriana (1983)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Fabulario y rimas zoológicas (1983)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Guitarras del exilio cubano (1995)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Antología de la décima (1986)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Refranero poético (1984)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Politemas (1988)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Antología poética hispanoamericana, vol. 2 (1984)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Sugerencias sobre la reconstrucción de Cuba (1993)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Gaceta lírica (1996)

Espina Pérez, Darío. 107 poetas cubanos del exilio (1988)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Mecánica del verso y de la estrofa (1997)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Beekeeping of Assassin Bees (1986)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Temas literarios (1986)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Ficciones y realidades (1989)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Sabiduría de los refranes (1991)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Solucionática (1991)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Sonetario y romancero (1991)

Espina Pérez, Darío. La mujer vista por un poeta (1995)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Forum de Miami, v. 2 (1996)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Sonetario cubano (1992)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Lírica del exilio cubano (1994)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Biografía lírica de José Martí

Espina Pérez, Darío. Cuba la cercana lejanía de Oscar Ligaluppi

Espina Pérez, Darío. Varios conceptos sobre la Cuba del Futuro (1992)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Las abejas y sus productos (1960)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Poetas cubanos (1984)

Espina Pérez, Darío. Guerra de la triple alianza (1981)

Homenaje postumo a Darío Espina Pérez (1997)

Preferred Citation: Darío Espina Pérez papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: The collection-level record created by Beata Bergen, December 2009. Finding aid subjects terms assigned by Ana D. Rodríguez, February 2013. Biographical note and acquisitions updated by Natalie Baur and edited by Sarah Block, July 2014. Updated by Juan A. Villanueva, September 2016.

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