Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto

While most memoirs by Cuban-Americans revolve around childhood scenes in Cuba and explore the experiences of a young man, Leaving Little Havana is the first refugee memoir to focus on a Cuban girl growing up in America, rising above the obstacles and clearing a path to her own American Dream. More

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About Cecilia M. Fernandez

Cecilia M. Fernandez is an independent instructor and journalist with a passion for immigrant literature. Her work has appeared in Latina Magazine, Accent Miami, Upstairs at the Duroc, Vista Magazine, and Le Siecle de George Sand. Recently, she finished a memoir entitled Leaving Little Havana which was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Book Contest. She has been a reporter for The Stockton Record, The San Francisco Chronicle, and for the television stations WPBT, WSVN, WSCV, and WLTV in Miami. Cecilia earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Miami, and a BA in Journalism from the University of California. She teaches writing and literature at Broward College and the Miami International University of Art and Design.

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