Teaching Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese

lgomez@email.unc.edu | Dey 136

At UNC since 2003


Ph.D. Florida International University, 2001
M.A. Florida International University, 1998
B.A. Florida International University, 1995


Professor Luis Marcelino Gómez, born in Holguín City, Cuba, is a writer that hold a Ph.D in Spanish with a doctoral dissertation about women in the nineteen century: Women defending themselves: Cuban Romantic feminine voices (poetry and short stories). He has experience in many countries worldwide, including periods living and working in Cuba, Angola, Spain, and the USA. His areas of interests are Creative Writing, and Sephardic culture. He currently works as an Associate Teaching Professor in Spanish and Portuguese at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, where he spearheads the Creative Writing program in Spanish, and is the Editor in Chief of the bilingual journal Aguas del Pozo/Waters of the Well: http://watersofthewelljournal.blogspot.com/ dedicated to the short story genre. Professor Luis Marcelino Gómez additionally holds degrees from the University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, (MD 1975) and the University of Havana, Cuba, (Psychiatrist 1987). He is also a self-taught artist. In 2015 he received a Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA) recognizing his outstanding undergraduate instruction at the University.


  • Donde el Sol es Más Rojo (Where the Sun is More Red) (La Torre de Papel, USA, 1994) Short story collection
  • Women defending themselves: Cuban Romantic feminine voices (poetry and short stories) USA, 2001
  • Oneiros (Término Editorial, USA, 2002) micro fiction collection
  • Isla tan Dulce y Otras Historias: Cuentos Cubanos de la Diáspora (Island so Sweet and Other Stories: Cuban Short Stories from the Diaspora) Letras Cubanas, Havana, 2002. Anthology
  • Memorias de Angola, Cuentos Africanos (Memories of Angola, African Short Stories), (Letras Latinoamericanas, Panamericana Editorial, Colombia, 2003, 2008) Short story collection
  • Cuando Llegaron los Helechos (When the Ferns Arrived) Monte Ávila Editores Latinoamericana (Venezuela, 2009) Short story collection

Typical Courses

Related Journal: Aguas del Pozo/Waters of the Well

Awards & Honors

  • 1985: National Short Story Award in Havana, Cuba.
  • 2007: Finalist in the Juan Rulfo Short Story Prize in Paris, France. 
  • 2015: Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA), UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 2017: Sigma Delta Pi, Honorary Faculty Member