Born in Havana, Cuba, Mendez Machin has spent most of his life traveling. At the age of 15, Noel was one of the founders of Hermanos Saíz Association, the first recognized non-governmental organization for young writers who didn’t fit in the highly politicized Cuban literary spectrum of the 80’s. In the years following, he won several poetry contests. In 1994, one of his books was published by the University of Santa Rosa, Argentina. Soon after, he was invited by the Argentinean government to teach at the same institution, and three years later he self-published his first epistolary novella, Cuba y la noche, in Buenos Aires.
During the late 90’s, he worked as a proofreader and copywriter for one of the most relevant advertising agencies of Buenos Aires. In 2001, he moved to the U.S. and began working as a Spanish Editor for Medios Magazine, the voice of WAN-IFRA in the Americas. Noel later devoted his writing efforts to major educational publishing companies such as Pearson Education and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, developing educational materials in Spanish. In 2012, he moved to Boston to work on several writing projects for Pearson Assessments and Instruction. He continued teaching in Boston Public Schools while also completing his Master in Arts of Education.
Mendez Machin is currently a full-time teacher in Colorado, and a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. While much of his writing has gone to workbooks and pieces of assessment, he continues to write music and stories for entertainment. The Ancestor in The Mirror is his first novel in English. More news coming soon directly from his editors.