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Lyn Di Iorio
Position: Professor of English, City College and CUNY Graduate Center, English
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Room Number: 5324
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley; M.A., Creative Writing, Stanford University; B.A., Harvard University
Research Interests: Caribbean and U.S. Latino/a literatures; literatures of the Americas; magical realism; ghosts and the Gothic; fiction writing: the novel; minority and multi-ethnic literature and aesthetics.
Specialization: History of the Novel|Literature after 1945|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature

Lyn Sandín Di Iorio is a fiction writer and scholar. In her fiction, she often deploys magical realist moments and gothic horror tropes to explore identity, grief, and historical trauma. She is currently working on Hurricanes and Other Stories, a short story collection about Puerto Rican islanders dealing with the fallout of a long financial crisis and back-to-back natural disasters. She is a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts; a 2021-22 CCNY Rifkind Center Faculty Fellow; and a 2018-19 Advanced Research Collaborative CUNY Distinguished Fellow. Her most recent short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online; Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas; and Big Other. Her story “By the River Cibuco” (KRO, 2020) was listed as a “distinguished story of 2020” in Best American Short Stories 2021. Her novel Outside the Bones (Arte Público Press) was a top-five finalist for the 2012 John Gardner Fiction Prize and won a Foreword Reviews Silver Award. Her book of literary criticism, Killing Spanish (Palgrave Macmillan), focuses on Latinx literature and identity. She also co-edited Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures and Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism (both with Palgrave Macmillan). Di Iorio graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University; was a Patricia Harris Fellow at Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program; and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She teaches creative writing and the literatures of the Americas at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center.

Selected publications authored:


  • Outside the Bones (Arte Público Press, 2011).
  • “Her Name is Guanabana,” short story in The Americas Society’s REVIEW special issue: “the Americas in New York” (forthcoming April 2014). 

Academic Book:

  • Killing Spanish: Literary Essays on Ambivalent U.S. Latino/a Identity, Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Macmillan List of Latino and Latin American Studies New Titles and Backlist Classics, 2010; paperback edition with new foreword 2009; first edition 2004).

Books Edited:

  • Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures, Palgrave Macmillan (co-edited with Richard Perez), December 24, 2012.
  • Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism.  Palgrave Macmillan Series: “American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century” (co-edited with Richard Perez), 2007.

Selected Professional Honors and Prizes:

  • Puerto Rico Institute of New York’s Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement, to be awarded September 29, 2013
  • Foreword Review 2011 Book of the Year Silver Award in the Literary Category (for Outside the Bones or OTB)
  • 2012 John Gardner Fiction Prize Finalist (for OTB)
  • 2011 International Latino Book Award Finalist Novel Category (for OTB)
  • Second Runner-up, 2011 Faulkner-Wisdom Novel-in-Progress Contest, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, for The Sound of Falling Darkness.


  • The Sound of Falling Darkness, a Novel (runner-up for the 2011 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Novel-in-Progress award).