Wendy Guerra (Havana, 1970) is a Cuban poet and novelist. Guerra has contributed to different magazines and newspaper, including the Spanish daily El Mundo (where she had the blog Habaname for five years) and The Miami Herald, where she currently writes about arts and literature. Guerra's first collection, Platea a oscuras, won her a prize from the University of Havana when she was barely 17 years old. She has a degree in Filmmaking from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte, where Gabriel García Márquez was his teacher in a screenplay writing workshop. Guerra’s first novel, Everyone's Leaving (2006), was largely based on her own diaries and followed the young protagonist’s childhood and adolescence in Cuba. NPR's Alan Cheuse said of Guerra in Everyone’s Leaving: “she describes with a freshness and intensity I haven't read before.” The novel was adapted into a film by the Colombian director Sergio Cabrera in 2014.
Upon her return to Cuba from Spain in 2006, where she had gone to receive the Bruguera Prize, she was asked to step down from hosting her own television show and although her novels have been translated into several languages, only one of them has been published in Cuba. Guerra has been a guest lecturer at Princeton University and Dartmouth College. In 2010 she was proclaimed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and in 2016 she was rised to the grade of Officier. She has always lived in Havana.