Dr.  Ivonne Lamazares


Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr.  Ivonne Lamazares
Faculty, English composition and literature
Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Phone: 305-237-8764
E-mail: Ivonne Lamazares (

Office: 1413-4

Hialeah Campus
1780 W. 49 Street
Miami, FL 33012


ENC 1101 English Composition I
ENC 1102 English Composition II
LIT 2480 Issues in Literature and Culture.  This course can substitute for the 3rd communication requirement.  It is an introductory literature course with an oral presentation component.
LIT 2120 World Literature
I received a doctorate in education from the University of Miami; a Master’s degree in TESOL from Florida International University; and a B.A. in English literature from Barry University.  I am an alumna of Miami-Dade College – North Campus, where I began teaching composition and literature in 1985.  I received the Louis Wolfson III Endowed Chair for excellence in teaching in 1995.

In 2001, I became Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where I taught creative writing for six years and served as advisor to the student literary journal, The Cypress Dome.  In 2006, I served as director of UCF’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in creative writing.

In 2007, I re-joined the faculty at Miami-Dade College, this time at the Hialeah Campus.  I serve as co-advisor of Café Cultura, Hialeah Campus’s new student literary magazine.


I have been teaching writing for over twenty years.  I also write fiction and nonfiction, so I often struggle with the process of composing and revising. 
In the classroom, I strive to encourage an atmosphere of trust and respect, where students feel they belong to a community of working writers and readers, and where we feel comfortable providing each other the sort of feedback that will help us become better writers.
I was born in Havana, Cuba.  At the age of thirteen I left the island and settled in Miami.

My novel, The Sugar Island, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2000 and was translated to seven languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish, and two Spanish translations -- peninsular and Latin American).  I received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for fiction writing (2004), and two Florida Arts Council Grants (1994, 2007). My short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Latina Magazine, Blue Mesa Review and the anthologies Having a Wonderful Time, and A Century of Cuban Writers in Florida. Publishers Weekly's starred review, called The Sugar Island ". . .spare, lyrical and brilliantly observant. . . ."  The Washington Post called Lamazares's a "fine new literary voice who proves again, even in these days of 'reality-based' television, that a vivid imagination is much more powerful than any news story in showing us life at the level of the human heart."

I am currently working on a second novel set in Cuba during the Special Period of the l980's, and on a new short story, "An Old Sea God," about my experiences as a refugee in Spain in the late 1970's.  

Visit the following for more information on The Sugar Island: 

Reader's Guide for The Sugar Island

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship website

I write fiction and nonfiction, mostly about Cuban and Cuban-American characters.  My themes are mother-daughter relationships and coming of age stories. 

I serve as co-advisor to our Campus literary magazine, Cafe Cultura, and so I work on a variety of activities and events related to the design and production of this student journal. 

Miami Dade College Website
Hialeah Campus Library