Born from sand, sun, water and waves in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Venezuela and the United States, Mariel Masque is a fiction, poetry, fable, creative non-fiction, and non-fiction writer. Quantum physics and the surreal masters, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Frida Kahlo, and Francis Bacon, inspire her writing. Mariel concocted a hybrid literary style she termed Lucid Surrealism (LS), where multiple realities coexist. LS blends creative non-fiction, poetry, fable, and fiction to frame her Caribbean Mestiza queer surreal world and uses her Latina, Spanish, and Moorish roots to weave tales that celebrate her mixed heritage and bridge her diverse cultures, roots, and believes. Mariel served on the editorial board of two Latina magazines: “Esto No Tiene Nombre” and “Conmoción.” Anthologized in the U.S. and Canada and a featured reader at various national venues, Mariel’s short story Birth of a Poet, recently appeared in Label Me Latina/o, an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A member of the Latina writers group, Mujeres Que Escriben, she reads poetry and fiction in a variety of venues. Mariel lives in the Sonoran Desert in Oro Valley, Arizona, with her gatos Magia, Oráculo y Aragon.
Mariel is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). Her noetic and life experiences inform her writing.