About Tom Miller
Tom Miller is the author of the highly acclaimed Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro’s Cuba (“it may just be the best travel book about Cuba ever written,” saysLonely Planet’s Cuba). He has been writing about and traveling through Latin America and the American Southwest since the late 1960s when he moved from his native Washington, D.C. to Arizona. An early participant in the underground and alternative press, his books include The Panama Hat Trail, a classic of contemporary travel writing, On the Border, a permanent fixture in the U.S.-Mexico frontier’s literary landscape, and most recently, Jack Ruby’s Kitchen Sink: Offbeat Travels Through America’s Southwest. A renowned bambalogist, Miller has a collection of some seventy-five versions of “La Bamba” from all over the world, and compiled the Rhino Records release, “The Best of La Bamba.” His work has been widely anthologized, and he appears in Travelers’ Tales American Southwest. While researching Trading with the Enemy, Miller met and married a Cuban woman who now lives with him and her two sons in Tucson. His articles about Cuba, which he first visited in 1987, have appeared in Smithsonian, LIFE, Natural History, and The New York Times, among other publications. Miller co-directs the annual U.S.-Cuba Writers Conference, an event that brings dozens of American writers to Havana every January to mix with Cuban writers in a two-week literary detente.