Born in San Juan in 1971, Cabiya is a Puerto Rican writer who has lived for the past two decades in the Dominican Republic. He is the author of twelve books and more than a hundred essays and articles, and is one of the most widely read writers in the Hispanic Caribbean. His short-story collection Historias Tremendas
(1999) was declared Best Book of the Year by both PEN Club International and the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature and his work has been recognized by the Association of Dominican Writers and Journalists. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Caonabo de Oro for excellence in letters.