Writer, blogger, photographer, and political activist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (OLPL) was censored in Cuba in 2010 due to the political nature of his book Boring Home. Now in exile, Pardo Lazo is a political activist and accomplished author with several published fiction books and numerous literary awards. Since 2005, he has taught creative writing in Cuba and the U.S and has been a writer in residence at prestigious institutions such as Brown University, the City of Asylum Pittsburgh program and the City of Reykjavik. His photographic work has been featured in The New York Times and recently published in a book entitled Abandoned Habana (Restless Books, 2014). In this session, Pardo Lazo will share some of his photographic work and bilingual readings from his literature, highlighting his exploration of themes including freedom of expression, escape, confinement, provocation, rebellion and dissent.