Guava Newton

90 miles to freedom.  90 miles from home.

I was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the

United States as a “Peter Pan” child in 1960.

Amarilys Gacio Rassler
Book Presentation

The story about my “Pedro Pan Flight” and relocation to Florida is detailed in my book, Cuban-American, Dancing on the Hyphen, which includes Cuban-American Prose and Poetry.  


I have won awards for my Cuban-American poems, “The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero),” “The Petals I Remember,” “In Memory of the Rafters,” and “The Guava Newton.”


I enjoy reading and dramatizing my poetry.  I am presently working on a memoir, Beyond The Veil, the story of my traumatic trip into the supernatural.  I live in Tampa, Florida, making memories with my family.

On Christmas Eve, Nochebuena, 2011, after a wonderful traditional Cuban meal at my brother’s house, Mami receives Cuban-American, Dancing On The Hyphen. The book dedicated to her, Papi and Cuba. ¡Que viva la tradición!