Curriculum Vitae


Washington University in Saint Louis. Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. Candidate for Ph.D., Comparative Literature, expected May 2022.

Biology School of Havana University. Havana, Cuba, 1989-1994. B.Sc. Biochemistry.


Cuban Literature, Political Pilgrims to the Cuban Revolution, Theory and Representation of Utopia.


Creative Writing. Cuban Cinematography and Political Sciences. Hispanic and Latin American Literature.


Fellow Writer of the International Cities of Refuge, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2015-2016.

Fellow Writer of the International Writers Project, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2014-2015.

Finalist, Cintas Foundation Fellowships, 2014.

Guest Writer of the City of Asylum Project, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013.

Winner in magazine Cauce Nacional Narrative Contest, Pinar del Río, Cuba 2007.

“¿Existe vida inteligente en otro país?,” narrative, Winner of Fronesis Creative writing National Scholarship, Havana, Cuba 2007.

“Boring Home,” narrative, Mention in Cuban Writers and Artists Association National Contest, Havana, Cuba, 2007.

“Lugar llamado Lilí,” narrative. Accesit in La Gaceta de Cuba Nacional Literary Contest, Havana, Cuba 2006.

“Cuban American Beauty,” narrative. Winner of La Gaceta de Cuba Nacional Literary Contest, Havana, Cuba 2005.


Chess Instructor, Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Missouri, 2019-2021.

Adjunct Professor of “Creative Writing for the Digital Media”, Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University, January-May 2015.

Program Coordinator, Center for a Free Cuba, Washington, DC, 2014.

Still photographer, Cuban Radio and Television Institute, Havana, Cuba, 2004-2011.

Still photographer, Cuban Cinematographic Art and Industry Institute (ICAIC), Havana, Cuba, 2007.

Text and image editor, Extramuros literary magazine, Havana, Cuba, 2001-2005.

Cultural promoter, Book and Literature Havana City Province Center (CPLLCH), Havana, Cuba, 2000-2001.

Molecular biologist, Human DNA-recombinant Vaccines Division, Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Havana, Cuba (1994-1999).


1) Digital Humanities. (Essay anthology.) Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2020.
2) La Habana en mí. (Interview anthology.) La Habana: Ediciones Extramuros, 2019.
3) La Isla de Cuba. Twaalf Verhalen & een Revolutie. (Narrative anthology). Baarn (Netherlands): Marmer, 2017.
4) Espantado de todo me refugio en Trump. (Chronicles.) Hypermedia, 2018.
5) El compañero que me atiende. (Testimony anthology.) Hypermedia, 2017.
6) La Cuba desconocida / Unbekanntes Kuba. (Narrative anthology.) dtv. Munchen, Germany, 2017.
7) Del clarín escuchad el silencio. (Chronicles.) Hypermedia, 2016.
8) Cuba, année zero. (Narrative anthology.) Hoëbeke. Paris, France, 2016.
9) Una literatura sin cualidades. (Chronicle anthology.) Casa Vacía: Richmond, Virginia, USA, 2016.
10) La zona y la mezcla. (Narrative anthology.) Hypermedia. Madrid, Spain, 2015.
11) Cuba in Splinters. (Narrative anthology.) O/R Books. New York, USA, 2014.
12) Malditos bastardos. Diez narradores cubanos que no son Pedro Juan Gutiérrez ni Zoé Valdés ni Leonardo Padura. (Narrative anthology.) Madrid: Ediciones La Palma (Colección G), 2014.
12) Abandoned Havana. (Photography and chronicles.) Restless Books. New York, USA, 2014. La Habana abandonada. (Photography and chronicles.) Restless Books. New York, USA, 2014.
13) “Más luz.” In: Genealogía de los susurros. (Poetry anthology.) CIPECUDA. Medellín, Colombia, 2014.
15) Genealogía de los susurros. (Poetry anthology.) CIPECUDA. Medellín, Colombia, 2014.
16) Boring Home. (Fiction.) El Nacional. Caracas, Venezuela, 2013.
17) Maneras de narrar. (Narrative anthology.) Unión. La Habana, 2012.
18) Havana Beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings after 1989. (Photo-essay.) Duke Univ. Press, 2011.
19) L’île errante, (Narrative anthology). Orizons. Paris, France, 2011.
20) Cuban American Beauty. La ínsula fabulante. (Narrative anthology.) Letras Cubanas. La Habana, Cuba, 2008. (pp.736-755).
21) Decálogo del año cero. Los que cuentan. (Narrative anthology.) Cajachinal. La Habana, Cuba, 2007.
21) Mi nombre es William Saroyan. (Fiction.) Abril. La Habana, Cuba, 2006.
22) Ipatrías. (Fiction.) Unicornio. La Habana, Cuba, 2005.
23) Jóvenes autores cubanos. (Poetry, narrative and photography anthology.) Verbum. Madrid, Spain, 2005.)
24) Quemar las naves. (Narrative anthology.) Educat. Brasil, 2002.
25) Empezar de cero. (Fiction.) Extramuros. La Habana, Cuba, 2001
26) Collage Karaoke. (Fiction.) Letras Cubanas. La Habana, Cuba, 2001.


“Cuba, una potencia médica ‘antivaxxer’,” article. ABC. 15 August 2021.

“Kuba med veseljem in grozo,” article. Družina. 30 July 2021.

“2021: inicio del siglo 21 cubano,” article. Actuall. 27 July 2021.

“A New Era of Digital Dissidence in Cuba,” article. In These Times 45 (2), February 2021.

“Prvi dan nikoli,” poetry. CAS Slovenski, 112. Agosto 2019.

“Camila de Cuba,” fiction. Revista Cronopio, no. 76, Marzo 2018.

“Þ,” fiction. Isliada, Febrero 2018.

“Cubanography for Dummies / Cubanografía para principiantes,” article. Human Geography 10 (3), November 2017.

“Ernesto Ché Guevara: A Half-Hundred Years of Solitude,” article. Bookwitty, October 2017.

“Seirawan’s Apprentice. From Communist hell in Cuba to chess paradise in St. Louis,” article. Chess Life, August 2017. pp.18-19.

Formas de no volver a casa,” fiction. Iowa Literaria, Dossier Desafíos de la literatura cubana, 2017.

“The Iconic Ché, From Man to Myth to Cliché,” essay. Smithsonian Magazine, Winter 2016, pp. 66-75.

“Havana / Hemicrania”, fiction. Litro magazine, no. 54. London, UK, 2016.

 “Our Holy Novel Which Art in Habanajavík,” literary critic. Ós-The Journal, issue 1, October 2016, pp. 41-42.  

“Wunderkammer,” fiction. Ós-The Journal, issue 1, October 2016, pp. 43-44.

“Hablábamos con horror de eso mismo,” article. Linden Lane Magazine, 35 (3), Autumn 2016, pp. 30-32.

“As U.S. Presidential Candidates Eye Cuba, For Cubans Change Is Not in Sight,” article. Bookwitty, September 2016.

“From Havana to Reykjavík,” poetry, The Dissident Blog, PEN Sweden, 2016.

“To Kill a Pope in Havana,” fiction. Cuban Counterpoints, 2016. (“Para matar al Papa se necesita,” original in Spanish. Diario de Cuba, Sept 2015.)

“No Embargo, No Cry,” essay. The Mantle, March 2015.

“Castrolence,” essay. E-Flux, no. 68, December 2015.

“Castroneirics: A Dreamitaph for Fidel (The Exquisite Cadaver),” essay. E-Flux, no. 68, July 2015.

“La censura que no censura,” article. Cubalog, November 2014.

“Exilium, Ergo Sum,” essay. Words Without Borders, 2014.

“Photo Blog Excerpt,” photo-essay. Somos, Brown University’s Latino Literary Magazine, Fall 2014, pp. 18-19. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

“Images of the Day Before,” “Imágenes del día antes,” essay/photo. E-misférica, 10 (2), Summer 2013.

“Blogging a Bridge From Havana,” feature article by David Gonzalez. The New York Times, September 2016.

“Canon, ergo sum,” photo-essay. Sargasso (Cuba Global / Gobal Cuba: Perspectives from the 21st Century), 1-2, 2012-2013, pp. 127-139.

“Muerte en la Isla,” article. Qué Pasa. July 2012.

“La isla que espera al Papa,” article. Qué Pasa, March 2012.

“Che comandante, enemigo,” fiction. Revista Cronopio, no. 19, April 2011.

“Has There Been Any Cuban Literature Since the Revolution?,” essay. Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas 44 (1), May 2011, pp.126-130.

“Performance and the Political Police: The Cuban Short Circuit,” article. The Drama Review 55 (1), Spring 2011, pp.2-3.

“Race in Cuba: Images of Cuban Life,” photo-essay. The Root, New York, July 2010.

“Inside Cuba: Guerrilla Blogging,” article. In These Times 33 (12), December 2009.

“Dos minicuentos,” narrative. El Cuentero, Havana, June 2006.

“Habanaria,” poetry. Vitral 62 (year XI), Pinar del Río, Cuba. July-August 2004.


“Uncreative Poetry.” (Literary reading and discussion.) First Undergraduate/Graduate Student Symposium of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. 19 March 2021. University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri.

“Travelers to Utopia: The Cuban Revolution as a Literary Genre.” Panel “Migration, Diaspora, and Citizenship” in the event “Cuba Studies Program Graduate Student Symposium: New Voices in Cuba Studies,” Harvard University, 30 November 2018.

“When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A Foreigner: Viewing the Cuban Exile.” Panel: Ways of Seeing: Foreigners and Cuba in the Twentieth Century. XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2015.

1st Latin/o American Media Studies Symposium.” Troy Moore Library, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. March 26-27, 2015.

“Is Literature possible after the Cuba Revolution?” Panel “Cubans in Movement: Toward a New Civil Society”, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU, New York, November 2013.

“Radical Uprooting: Cuba everywhere except in the Caribbean.” Panel “Radical Contradictions of a Cuban Caribbean” in the event Radical Caribbeans at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2013.

“Reformas sin derechos, ¿para qué? La sociedad civil cubana entre la esperanza y lo efímero.” 9th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, May 2013.

“Cuban Civil Society Today.” Lecture at Hayek Auditorium, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute, Washington DC, March 2013.


“Cuba In Splinters: New Fiction from Generation Zero.” Department of Literary Arts at Brown University, February 4-5, 2015.


Mentored Teaching Experience in Hispanic Literature and Culture, Exile Hispanic-American Literatures, Spanish Inquisition, and Contemporary Narratives of Spain. Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Washington University, 2018-2021.

Teaching Assistant of Creative Writing Workshop. Prison Education Project of Washington University in Saint Louis. At: Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC). Pacific, Missouri. Spring 2019.

Adjunct Professor of “Creative Writing for the Digital Media”, Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University, January-May 2015.

Lecturer at European and U.S. universities, such as Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Kean University, Emory University, Georgia State University, University of Pittsburgh, Boston College, Georgetown University, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Irvine, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Copenhagen University, University of Iceland, Charles University in Prague, and others.


“The Cuban Speech,” text compilation/edition, Conflict Kitchen Project, Pittsburgh, December 2013.

“Howllido,” performance poetry at La Mama Theatre, Omni Zona Franca Project, New York, October 2013.


“På Island blei Castro-kritikar Orlando endeleg fri,” by Jan Zahl. Stavanger Aftenblad. Mayo 2017.

“Politeke: Provocaciones de Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo desde Islandia.” Caritate, no. 2, March 2016, pp. 9-10. Fundación Apogeo, Arte Público Global. Miami, Florida.

“Inside/outside CUBA.” International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), 2015.

“Interview with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo,” by Ezio Neyra. Words Without Borders Daily. August 2015.

“An Interview with Cuban Refugee Orlando Pardo Lazo.” Somos, Brown University’s Latino Literary Magazine, Fall 2014, pp. 20-21. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. (Video interview.)

“The PEN Ten with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo,” by Lauren Cerand. August 2014.

Inversiones, ¿para qué?ASCE Conference, August 2014.

“Interview with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo,” by Julio Estorino. Human Rights Oral History Project. Merrick Library. University of Miami, Libraries Digital Collection. Mayo 2013.

“Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo: An Interview With One Of Cuba’s Biggest Dissident Bloggers,” by Ana Maria Defillo. Mic. May 2013.

“Cuba: Interview with Blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo,” by Claudia Cadelo. Global Voices. March 2009.


Spanish (native), English (fluency), reading knowledge of French, Portuguese, Italian.

REFERENCES: (contact information available upon request)

Lynne Tatlock, Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Director, Committee on Comparative Literature.

Anca Parvulescu, Professor of English; Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities. Director of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature.

Richard Snyder, Faculty fellow at the Watson Institute. Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Professor in Brown’s Department of Political Science.

Peter Gale Nelson, Assistant Director of Literary Arts, Brown University.

Gustavo Pérez Firmat, David Feinson Professor in the Humanities, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University.

Ted Henken, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Department of Black and Latino Studies, Baruch College.

Coco Fusco, Andrew Banks Endowed Chair, College of the Arts, University of Florida.

Omar Granados, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, University of Wisconsin La Crosse.


PEN America.

Latin American Studies Association, LASA.

Writers and Artist Cuban Association, UNEAC.

United States Chess Federation, USCF.

Victims of Communism Cuba Specialist. Victims of Communism Speaker Bureau.

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