Daisy Hernández

Daisy Hernandez

On Leave Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

Assistant Professor of English
Creative Writing 

325 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


  • MFA, Fiction, University of Miami, December, 2013 
  • MA, Journalism and Latin American & Caribbean Studies, New York University, May, 2001
  • BA, English, William Paterson University Wayne, NJ, May, 1997 

Teaching Interests

  • The Personal Essay
  • Memoir
  • Literary Journalism
  • Latina Narratives

Research Interests

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Lyric Essays

Selected Publications


  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir, Beacon Press, 2014
  • coeditor, Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism, Seal Press, 2019

Creative Nonfiction (Essays)

  • “In Search of the Kissing Bug.” National Geographic, June 2019
  • “The Noble Abode of Equanimity.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, 2019
  • “Grammatical Disquisitions.” The Iowa Review, Vol. 48, Issue 2, Fall 2018
  • “Her Poetic Origins.” The Cincinnati Review, Spring 2018
  • "The Envidia Attack,” Tricycle, 2015
  • "Los Ojos,” Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, 2015
  • "Bus Stop,” Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, 2015 
  • "Stories She Tells Us,” Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, 2014
  • "Blackout," Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts, 2012


  • "Cuello: A Short Story,” Juked, 2015
  • "Shorty," Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, University of Wisconsin Press, 2011

Web Publications

Grants and Awards

  • Winner of the Creative Nonfiction Contest, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry & Prose, 2015
  • Independent Publisher Book Award in Memoir, 2015
  • Lambda Literary, Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Cuba’s Premio Literario Casa de las Américas, 2015 

Work in Progress

Daisy Hernández is writing a nonfiction book about Chagas, a neglected disease that afflicts millions of people mainly from Latin America.