Best Novel Award Winner - International Latino Book Awards

Violet Crown Awards Fiction Finalist, Writers League of Texas

Books Into Movies Award Winner - presented by Edward James Olmos

USA Today Summer Reads Author

LATINA Magazine "10 Hottest Summer Reads" Author

Named #1 among "2011 Top Ten Latino Authors" by

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Listed among "Best Hispanic Writers of the 21st century" by

Ohioana Book Festival Featured Author

Amazon Best-Selling Author


Cuban-born Raul Ramos y Sanchez grew up in Miami’s cultural kaleidoscope before becoming a long-time resident of the U.S. Midwest. After a successful career in advertising that included founding an ad agency with offices in Ohio and California, Ramos turned to more personally significant work.

This began with developing a documentary for public television, Two Americas: The Legacy of our Hemisphere and also creating — an online forum for the U.S. immigrant community. Works of fiction by Raul include the Class H Trilogy (America Libre, House Divided and Pancho Land) and the coming of age novel, The Skinny Years, released in June 2016.

The author and his work have been featured on television, radio and print publications across the country along with a host of online media sources. For more details, see IN THE MEDIA.

“January” is the first English word I ever learned. I read it on the calendar thumbtacked to the wall of our apartment in the Bronx. Han-noo-a-ree, I pronounced it. That was in the winter of 1956. My mother had just divorced my father and moved us from Havana to New York City. My father was busy trying to overthrow Batista and my mother thought her prospects for raising a six-year-old looked much better sewing sequins on evening gowns in the midtown garment district than in a Cuban prison. Thanks, mamá. You made the right call.

Since mastering that first English word, the power and joy of words have become my life. I not only love words, I’ve made a living from them. First, composing them into pages as a graphic designer, and later arranging them into sentences as an advertising writer. After twenty-four years of creating the fiction commonly known as advertising, I decided to start telling my own stories.

Most exiles live on the edges of belonging. So do most writers. Being both has left me with a perspective that I've tried to share through my work: Despite a penchant for dividing ourselves by culture, color, and creed, when you strip away the labels, we are much more alike than we are different.






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