Ana María Simo (b. 1943)
A playwright, novelist, and activist, Ana María Simo was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1943, and moved to Havana on the eve of the 1959 revolution. She began working as a journalist at age 15 and was 18 when her first book, The Fables, was published by Ediciones El Puente, a project co-directed by Simo (1961-1965) along with the poet José Mario Rodriguez. Simo moved to Paris in 1967, studying sociology and linguistics, and was active in Gouines Rouges (Red Dykes), the MLF (Mouvement de Libération des Femmes), and the FHAR (Front homosexuel d'action révolutionnaire). In the mid-1970s she settled in New York, where she began writing in English and was associated with Maria Irene Fornes' experimental theater workshop. Many of her plays (Ted and Edna, Going to New England, Exiles, and Alma) were produced in New York at the INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center and other venues. She was the co-founder of Medusa's Revenge theater, the direct action group Lesbian Avengers, the national cable program Dyke TV, and The Gully online magazine. A short feature film, How to Kill Her, was widely screened at festivals in the United States and abroad. The collection includes family and personal documents such as passports, school records, etc.; correspondence; files on her activism; writings; reviews; clippings; photographs; memorabilia; posters; and audiovisual material.