Hebert Poll Gutiérrez

Playwright

(HAVANA CITY, CUBA, 1977)

Author, playwright, poet, and storyteller. I am a Cuban Canadian artist with 16 years of experience trying to connect with the world through art. I believe in the power of stories, in the power of the art to shape realities. Art is and will be my strategy to defend my triple cultural identity: My identity as an artist, as a Cuban, and as an Afro-descendant. I have published 10 books. My last published book is: Whispers from the black Gods (Poetry) The Elite Lizzard Publishing Company, Canada, 2022.


Some of my writings also appear in magazines and in more than 20 anthologies from Cuba, Venezuela, Canada, Spain, the United States, Mexico, Germany, and other countries. My theater scripts have been represented by companies from Latin America, Europe, and Canada.


I am a member of several cultural organizations. Among them are:

SpanicArts, Calgary.

Playwrights Guild of Canada

FAVA (Film and Video Arts Society Alberta)

Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society (AMAAS).

I was named Calgary’s Artist of the Month of December 2021. The recognition was

awarded by the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI).


SOCIAL MEDIA:

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The Great Race

by Hebert Poll Gutiérrez


Due to a terrible argument, there’s a fire in the forest. The characters in this story

never agree with each other. Awa the duck and Akiko the rooster don't get along with each other. Their silly feathered fight has lasted too long, and it’s affecting the animals, almost animals, and those who think of themselves as animals of the forest of Ibo Findo. They only have one solution left... The protagonists of this story are animals with afro-descendant names. Expecting what has to happen, it’s necessary to ask for help from the Afro-Cuban gods. Between fights and a bit of love, time passes by till the day of the Great Race.


Emí Laará: Little Stories to Dream

by Hebert Poll Gutiérrez


Gods, Santeria, rituals, beings, fantastic creatures, and a magical natural beauty are the elements that bring these stories to life. Through theatrical works, the public will enjoy the mischief, adventures, and tricks of the Lucumi gods, characters originating from Cuban Santeria, a meeting point between Catholic religious traditions and the Yoruba traditions from Nigeria but will also get to know one of the most exciting, mysterious, and magical facets of Cuba's ancestral culture. Emí Laará: is an eye-opener that will leave you with the always incredible sensation of wanting to know more. It is a series of plays that will tell us that Miles Dean was right in his statement: "I am African not because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me".


Hebert Poll Gutiérrez