Dr Olga Lorenzo



School /
Work Unit

Media and Communications

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 4058



Building: 094
Level: 02
Room: 006

City campus


College of Design and Social Context

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Key activities

Teacher, Professional Writing and Editing, first and second year Novel and Advanced Novel. Also supervisor, postgraduate Students -- Masters and PhDs in Creative Writing. Novelist and freelance writer. Research interests include contemporary writing, American and Latin-American writing, trauma studies, psychoanalytic studies, shame studies.

Links to industry:

  • Member, Victorian Writers’ Centre


B Arts & Sci(Hons), Washington University in St Louis, USA, MA, PhD Univ Melb, Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training, RMIT

Research and scholarship

  • Research affiliations: La Trobe University Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS)
  • Supervisor, Julie Ann Morrison, Master of Arts (Creative Writing); Kate Ryan, PhD (Creative Writing)

Recent refereed publications

Shame, Nostalgia and Cuban American Cultural Identity in Fiction, chapter published in Exile Cultures, Misplaced Identities, P. Allatson and J McCormack, eds, Rodopi Publishers, 2008.

Cuban Sugar Mamas in Strange 3, Postgraduate Journal of Creative Writing, Crooked Style Press, 2006.

Nostalgia, Shame and the Transplanted Cuban: "la cubana arrepentida" in Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2005), refereed publication from a paper presented at a symposium on exile at the Institute for International Studies, University of Technology Sydney, July 2004.

Shaming in Child Rearing and its Effects in Later Life, in Humanities Research, Vol. X, No. 1 (2003), referred publication from a paper presented at the “The Diaspora of the Latin-American Imagination” conference 3-6 September 2002, Humanities Research Centre (Opens in new window), Australian National University.

Sour Oranges in Strange Cities: New Melbourne Writers, Crooked Style Press, 2002

Published Books

The Rooms in My Mother’s House (Penguin, 1996)

Also published in Greece by Ellinika Grammata, 2000

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize: Long-listed, 1998.

NSW Premier’s Prize, Ethnic Affairs Award: Short-listed, 1997.

The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction: Highly Commended, 1997.

Vogel Prize for Australian literature: Short-listed, 1993.

Honors, Scholarships and Awards

Melbourne Research Scholarship (Faculty MRS) 2003.

Felix Meyer Scholarship 2002.

Percival Serle Bequest, University of Melbourne, 2001.

Australian Postgraduate Award 2000.

Varuna Writers Fellowship 2000.

Australia Council Literature Board Emerging Writers Grant 1998.

Arts Victoria grant 1998.

Australia Council grant 1994.


Office Hours: Monday 1 to 4.30pm

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