MANY THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS
Allie Mariano grew up outside of Memphis, TN, though she's lived quite a few other places. Her writing recently appeared in Midway Journal, and in 2012 she was a finalist for Glimmer Train's Fiction Open. She writes book reviews and manages the social media for Friendsofatticus.com. She currently lives in New Orleans where she teaches English.
Andrew Cochran is the fiction editor of Muse Apprentice Guild, grew up in De Pere, Wisconsin. He and his fiancé, Daisy, reside in South-central Florida with their menagerie of pets, which includes a cat named Sweetness and a soft-shelled turtle named Pinocchio.
Andrew Plattner lives in Atlanta with his wife Diana and commutes weekly to teach Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has won the Flannery O’Connor award, a Henfield Prize and a gold medal from the Association of American Horse Publishers. He has published stories in the Paris Review, Epoch, Sewanee Review, and Mississippi Review.
Chantel Tattoli’s undergraduate background is in cultural anthropology, and she is now after the MFA at SCAD. Her work has appeared in Redivider, Nthposition, PANK, Wigleaf, For Every Year, Rosebud Magazine, and other places.
Chavawn Kelley of Laramie, Wyoming, has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Quarterly West and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others, and in numerous anthologies. She has received fellowships from the
Wyoming Arts Council, the Ucross Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and Can Serrat International Arts Center (Spain). Her girlhood home was Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Chris Wiewiora is from Orlando, Florida. He previously contributed “A Daydream While Sailing” for Saw Palm’s Places to Stand map and “Flashover” a short story in issue#7, spring 2013. His fiction has been anthologized in 15 Views of Orlando by Burrow Press. Currently, he lives in Ames where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. Read more at www.chriswiewiora.com
Genanne Walsh graduated from the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol and Bloom (forthcoming), and online at Swink, Blackbird, 42Opus, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. She lives in California now, but went to high school and college in Florida.
Horacio Sierra is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Horacio has written news and features stories for newspapers such as The Miami Herald, The Miami Hurricane, The Gainesville Sun, The Satellite, and Hispanic magazine. He was born and raised in Dade County, Florida.
James Schlatter was raised in Merritt Island, Florida, but now calls Connecticut home. His work has been published in Pank, The Bitter Oleander, Gargoyle and others. After spending several years traveling and living abroad, he returned to the U.S. to earn an MFA at UMass-Amherst and now teaches English as a second language at Tunxis Community College. He is married with two young sons.
James Whorton Jr. is author of the novels Approximately Heaven and Frankland. He teaches at SUNY Brockport.
Janet Burroway grew up Arizona and was educated at the University of Arizona, Barnard College in New York, Cambridge University in England, and the Yale School of Drama in Connecticut. Burroway’s published works include short stories, poems, translations, plays, two children’s books, eight novels, including her most recent, Bridge of Sand (2009), and two textbooks about the craft of writing. Her novel The Buzzards was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1970, and her highly acclaimed novel Raw Silk was runner up for a National Book Award in 1977. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (now in its 8th edition) is the most widely used book on creative writing in colleges and universities in the U.S. She divides her time now between Wisconsin and Florida, where she was recently honored as a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University.
Jeffrey Tucker currently teaches English at Brigham Young University; in addition to Saw Palm, he has been published in Inscape, and he has a publication forthcoming in The Sandy River Review. Jeffrey lives in the Salt Lake City area with his wife.
John Brandon was raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida, in New Port Richey. His novels are Arkansas and Citrus County. His shorter work has appeared in Oxford American, Mississippi Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and other literary magazines. He is currently Visiting Writer at University of Mississippi. During the football season he writes a blog for GQ.com concerning Southeastern Conference football.
John Hemingway (born 1960, Miami) is an American author whose critically acclaimed memoir Strange Tribe examines the similarities and the complex relationship between his father Dr. Gregory Hemingway and his grandfather, the Nobel Laureate Ernest Hemingway; in particular it addresses the issue of his father’s cross-dressing and sex reassignment and its connection to Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway moved to Milan, Italy in 1983, where he pursued a writing and translating career. His articles have appeared in several Italian newspapers such as l’Unità and Libero. He has also published several short stories in the USA, the most recent of which was “Uncle Gus” in the Saturday Evening Post.
Karen Wiegman was born and raised in a small town on the Gulf coast of Florida. Though she currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is still plagued with dreams of Ponce de Leon searching for the fountain of youth.
Laura Andrews, a married mother of two, has workshopped with City Island Fiction Writers and is a member of the Florida Writers’ Association. Recently, her story "Karl's Last Night," modern literary noir, appeared in The Rag, Issue #5, which is available as an e-mag from Amazon. The speculative fiction story, "The Legend of Johnny Bell" was Solarcide.com's featured story in August 2013 and "Prelude To A Murder Conviction," won an honorable mention from The Writers of the Future contest 2013. Her story, "Becky's Story," which first appeared in Saw Palm (and was her first publication), as well as "Skinned" are finalists in the 2013 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Awards to be announced in October 2013.
Lynne Barrett is the author of the short story collections The Secret Names of Women and The Land of Go, and co-editor of Birth: A Literary Companion. Her fiction has appeared in One Year to a Writing Life, A Dixie Christmas, Miami Noir, A Hell of a Woman, Painted Bride Quarterly, Other Voices, and many other magazines and anthologies. She has been awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in Miami where she teaches at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review. More information can be found at http://lynne.barrett.googlepages.com.
Lu Vickers has received three Individual Artists Grants for fiction from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. In 2007, she published the novel Breathing Underwater, and Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida’s Oldest Roadside Attractions. Cypress Gardens, America’s Tropical Wonderland, a history of Florida’s first theme park, is due out in the Fall of 2010.
Maggie Jones was raised in Miami, FL, with generations of native Miamians behind her. She received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her MFA from the University of Miami, where she was a Bennett Fellowship recipient. She is currently teaching Language Arts at an all-girls Catholic school and working on her first novel.
Nathan Holic teaches writing at the University of Central Florida and serves as the Graphic Narrative Editor at The Florida Review. He is also the editor of the anthology 15 Views of Orlando (Burrow Press), a literary portrait of the city featuring short fiction from fifteen Orlando authors young and old, local and far-removed, established, and aspiring. His fiction has appeared in print at Iron Horse and The Apalachee Review, and online at Hobart and Necessary Fiction, and his serialized graphic novel “Clutter” (a story structured as a home décor catalogue) is available monthly at Smalldoggies Magazine.
Raul Palma is a PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches composition and creative writing. He is the Assistant Editor in Fiction for Prairie Schooner and the Reviews Editor for Brighthorse Books. Winner of the 2014 Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Prize and the 2012 Soul-Making Keats Mary Mackey Story Prize, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alimentum, decomP magazinE, Midwestern Gothic, NANO Fiction, Naugatuck River Review, Saw Palm, Rhino, and elsewhere. His novella Immaculate Mulch, which was shortlisted for finalist for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Novella Prize, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press in the spring.
Ryan Meany’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and The Best New American Voices and has appeared in Crazyhorse and River City. He teaches at the University of Tampa.
Sarah Prevatt graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2007 and currently teaches at the University of Central Florida. Her stories have appeared in The Cypress Dome, and she has had two pedagogy papers accepted by The Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Sean L. Sullivan lives in the Hudson Valley in NY with his wife Jennifer and their dog Nala. His fiction has appeared previously in BULL: Fiction for Thinking Men.
Shellie Zacharia lives in Gainesville, Florida. Her debut story collection, Now Playing, was published by Keyhole Press in November 2009. Her work has appeared in Washington Square, Beloit Fiction Journal, Opium, The Pinch, Canteen, and elsewhere.
Susan Hubbard is the author of six books of fiction and co-editor of 100% Pure Florida Fiction, an anthology of Florida stories. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Triquarterly, The Mississippi Review, and several other journals. She teach creative writing at UCF.
Wendy Thornton has published fiction in The Literary Review, South Dakota Review, Confluence, The Oregon Literary Review, and many other journals. In Spring, 2009, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her story, “Finding Lizzie,” by editors of the MacGuffin Magazine. She has published memoir in Riverteeth and southlit.com. She is also a well-published poet, with poems forthcoming in Main Street Rag, Underground Voices, and Shadowtrain. She is President of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, a member of the Gainesville Poets and Writers, and has been an invited reader for many non-profit organizations and events. She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, “Reflections,” and is editing her second completed novel, “Dear Oprah.”
Christine Hale’s debut novel, Basil’s Dream, was published by Livingston Press in 2009 (details at christinehalebooks.com). Her prose has appeared in many journals, including Arts & Letters, North Dakota Quarterly, Apalachee Review, and The Sun. For fourteen years, she lived in Tampa, where she taught writing at the University of Tampa. Ms. Hale earned an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. In the early 80s, she worked in investment banking in New York City; later, as the mother of small children, she lived in Bermuda. A fellow of MacDowell, Ucross, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ms. Hale teaches in the Murray State University Low-Residency MFA Program in Kentucky as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville, NC. Her work-in-progress includes a new novel and a spiritual memoir, both set in southern Appalachia, where she grew up.
Dianna Calareso earned her MFA from Lesley University in 2007. Her work has been published online and in print in such journals as Evergreen Review, MARY: A Journal of New Writing, and Paradigm. A native of southern Florida, she currently lives in Boston where she works as a copywriter and writes two blogs, one for creative nonfiction and one for food and photography. A full list of publications is available at diannacalareso.com.
Donald Morrill is the author of four books of nonfiction, Impetuous Sleeper, The Untouched Minutes (winner of the River Teeth Nonfiction Prize), Sounding for Cool, and A Stranger’s Neighborhood, as well as two volumes of poetry, At the Bottom of the Sky and With Your Back to Half the Day. He has taught at Jilin University, Peoples’ Republic of China, and has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Lodz, Poland, as well as the Bedell Visiting Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. For many years, he directed the Writers at the University series at the University of Tampa and has been a poetry editor of Tampa Review and the University of Tampa Press Poetry Series. Currently, he is Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies at the University of Tampa.
Greg Bowers teaches journalism at the University of Missouri and is sports editor of the Columbia Missourian, a daily newspaper and website produced by students and managed by professionals. He lives in Columbia, MO.
Michael Cuglietta is a Florida writer and University of South Florida alumnus. While at USF, he met Tom Abrams, a teacher, writer, and storyteller of the highest regard. Michael’s work has appeared or is slated to appear in The Gettysburg Review, Echo Ink Review, The Hawaii Review and Skive Magazine.
Pamela A. Galbreath holds an MFA degree from the Creative Writing program at the University of Wyoming , where she teaches composition, technical writing, and creative writing courses. Her writing has won the 1996 Wyoming Writers Honorable Mention in Poetry and the 2007 New England Writers Frank Anthony Honorable Mention in Nonfiction. Her personal essays have been published in The North American Review, The Vermont Literary Review, South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art, and trailBLAZER Magazine. She lives in Laramie with her husband, John, and their two Labradors.
Reginald Shepherd is the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press, 2004). His four volumes of poetry, all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, are: Otherhood (2003), a finalist for the 2004 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, Wrong (1999), Angel, Interrupted (1996), and Some Are Drowning (1994),winner of the 1993 AWP Award in Poetry. Pittsburgh will publish his fifth collection, Fata Morgana, in spring 2007. He lives, writes, and dodges hurricanes in Pensacola, Florida.
Roxanne Halpine attended the 2001 Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and received her M.F.A. from UNC Greensboro. Her work has appeared in The Greensboro Review.
William Bradley’s work has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, College English, The Normal School, The Missouri Review, and other magazines. He lives with his wife in a small town in North Carolina called Murfreesboro, where they both teach at Chowan University.
Philip Booth is a longtime arts/entertainment journalist and musician whose byline has appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, Variety, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Tampa Tribune, Detroit Metro Times, Philadelphia City Paper, the Journal of American Culture, The Journal of Popular Culture, Literature Film Quarterly, Banyan and many other publications. He regularly writes about music and film for the St. Petersburg Times, Billboard, Down Beat, Jazziz, Las Vegas City Life, and Miami New Times. A Florida native, he and his wife, Callie, live in Tampa with two small children who require regular feeding and watering.
Ron Hefner teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers and is an alumnus of the University of South Florida. He has worked as a jazz drummer, journalist, and newspaper editor and currently, in addition to writing and teaching, performs jazz in Southwest Florida. His music journalism has been published internationally and he was a winner of the 1994 Bayboro Fiction Contest. His short stories and poems have previously appeared in the Mangrove Review. His literary interests include Southern fiction and Florida noir writers.
Angela Masterson Jones is the Advancement Communications Assistant at Eckerd College, where she is a PEL Honors Program student majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film Studies. She serves on the Editorial Board of Eckerd Review and the Advisory Board of Spoonbill Cove Press. Her poetry and prose have received numerous prizes, including the 2007 Douglas Freels Poetry Award, and have appeared in New Millennium Writings, Eckerd Review, Sabal, Writer’s Digest, St. Petersburg Times, Bacopa, Penumbra, Sunscripts, Palm Prints, Wordsmith, and elsewhere. She published her vintage poetry collection, Broken Kisses, in 2004 (Double Ray Press) and lives in Palmetto with her husband, Paul, and their daughter, Jessie. Her poem “At the Crossing” placed first in the Writers Alliance of Gainesville 2010 poetry contest and is a finalist in Bennington College’s plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2010.
Audrey Walls lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is an MFA student in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her writing has appeared in The Legendary and The Best Young Writers and Artists in America anthology, among others.
Andrew Epstein is the author of a critical study, Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry, which has just appeared from Oxford University Press. His poems have appeared in various journals, including Mississippi Review, Gulf Coast, Western Humanities Review, Conduit, Notre Dame Review, and Verse. He moved to Tallahassee from New York in 2001 to become an assistant professor at Florida State University.
Allison Eir Jenks won the Ohio University Press Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. She is the author of Palace Of Bones.
Barbara Crooker has published poems in magazines such as Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Denver Quarterly; anthologies, including the Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Worlds in their Words: An Anthology of Contemporary American Women Writers (Prentice Hall), eleven chapbooks, and two full-length books, Radiance, which won the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and Line Dance, also from Word. She has received three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in Literature, the WB Yeats Society of NY Prize (Grace Schulman, judge), the Grayson Books Chapbook Competition (Sue Ellen Thompson, judge,) and the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award (Stanley Kunitz, judge). She lives and writes in rural northeastern Pennsylvania and enjoys visiting friends in Bradenton, FL, every winter.
Bianca Diaz’s chapbook, No One Says Kin Anymore, was published by Spring Garden Press in 2009. Her poems have recently been published in Sundog Lit, The Boiler Journal, Ellipsis, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. She lives in North Carolina. Her poem "The Light in the Dark" received 3rd place in Naugatuck River Review's narrative poetry contest and her poem, "Clementines," published in Jet Fuel Review, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Brad Johnson is the winner of the 2012 Longleaf Press Chapbook
Contest and has published four chapbooks of poetry. His
work has appeared in Nimrod, Permafrost, Poet Lore, The South
Carolina Review, The Southeast Review, Southern Indiana Review,
Willow Springs and others. He is an associate professor at
Palm Beach State College, Florida. His first full-length collection The Happiness Theory is available for sale at Main Street Rag Press.
Carol Frost’s latest book, The Queen’s Desertion, appeared in 2006 from Northwestern University Press.
Carol Lynn Grellas is a three-time Pushcart nominee and the author of two chapbooks: Litany of Finger Prayers, from Pudding House Press, and Object of Desire, newly released from Finishing Line Press. She is widely published in magazines and online journals including most recently, The Centrifugal Eye, Oak Bend Review and deComp, with work upcoming in Breadcrumb Scabs, Past Simple and Best of Boston Literary Magazine. She lives with her husband, five children and a little blind dog named Ginger. Since her poem "Letters from Under the Banyan Tree" was first published in Saw Palm, that poem has become the title of a chapbook published by Aldrich Press. She was also a winner in the 2012 Red Ochre Chapbook contest with her chapbook Before I Go To Sleep. Another collection is forthcoming from Kattywompus Press entitled The Nightly Suicides.
Carrie Green was born and raised in DeLand, Florida, and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Stream, and a poem is forthcoming in ABZ. She received a 2005-2006 Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and has received professional development funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.
Christopher Tozier happily lives deep in the sand pine scrub between Paisley and Cassia, Florida. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tampa Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Florida Review, Maryland Poetry Review, and The Wisconsin Review. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing and English program. www.christophertozier.com
Danielle Sellers is a native of Key West. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in River Styx, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Hopkins Review, 32 Poems, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published in 2009 by Main Street Rag. Last summer, she was awarded a Walter E. Dakin Poetry fellowship to attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She edits The Country Dog Review and teaches at the University of Mississippi.
Debora Greger’s most recent book of poems was Western Art, published by Penguin in 2004.
Denise Duhamel was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1961. She received a B.F.A. degree from Emerson College and a M.F.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (2005), and Mille et un sentiments (Firewheel Editions, 2005). Her other books currently in print are Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (University of Pittsburgh, 2001), The Star-Spangled Banner, winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize (1999); Kinky (1997); Girl Soldier (1996); and How the Sky Fell (1996). Duhamel has also collaborated with Maureen Seaton on three volumes: Little Novels (Pearl Editions, 2002), Oyl (2000), and Exquisite Politics (Tia Chucha Press, 1997). A winner of an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she has been anthologized widely, including four volumes of The Best American Poetry (2000, 1998, 1994, and 1993). Duhamel teaches creative writing and literature at Florida International University and lives in Hollywood, Florida.
Erin Belieu is the author of two previous poetry collections from Cooper Canyon Press: Infanta, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series in 1995, and One Above & One Below, which won the Midland Authors and Ohioana prizes in 2001. Belieu is also the co-editor (with Susan Aizenberg) of the anthology The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia University Press, 2001). Her poems have appeared in places such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Slate, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Born and raised in the great state of Nebraska, Belieu studied poetry at The Ohio State University and Boston University. She now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at
Florida State University.
Flower Conroy’s poetry has appeared in American Literary Review, BlazeVox, Emry’s Journal, and other publications. Her chapbook, Escape to Nowhere was published by Rain Mountain Press. She lives in Key West, Florida.
Gianna Russo has won the Florida Book Awards bronze medal, Florida Publishers Association Presidents’ Award silver medal, and an Eric Hofer First Horizons finalist award. She is author of the poetry collection Moonflower (Kitsune Books, 2011) and the founding editor of YellowJacket Press, currently Florida’s only publisher of poetry chapbooks. She has published poems in the Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, Florida Review, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, Saw Palm, The MacGuffin, and Calyx, among others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in the St. Petersburg Times. She teaches at St. Leo University, where she is also managing editor of Sandhill Review. She was Poet-in-Residence at the 2013 Florida College English Association conference hosted by Hillsborough Community College.
heather hughes (she prefers lower case h’s), a Miami native relocated to Boston, revels in academia and works in the arts. She is the Business and Development Manager for Quick Fiction, a short fiction magazine that is developing a writing center in the North Shore area of Massachusetts. She returns to Florida often—the next trip will be to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and poetry workshop on scholarship. Her work is forthcoming in Grain and Prick of the Spindle.
Ilyse Kusnetz previously published poems in Poetry Review and Crazyhorse, and her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio-Scotland and NPR-WMFE. She is currently working on a fulllength collection of poems entitled Tips from the Underworld. Since 2001, she has taught English and Creative Writing at Valencia Community College in Orlando.
James Kimbrell has been the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and has twice received the Academy of American Poets Prize. Recent poems, reviews and translations have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Poetry, Field, Fence, The Nation, Prairie Schooner, The Boston Book Review, American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press) and The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets (University Press of New England). He recently received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry.
Jeff Newberry is the Poet in Residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. He is the author of Brackish (Aldrich Press) and A Visible Sign (Finishing Line Press). With the poet Brent House, he is the co-editor of The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press). His most recent writing appears in Birmingham Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Sweet: A Literary Confection. Recently, he was named a finalist for Crab Orchard Review's Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. He has served on the faculty of the Gulf Coast Writers' Conference and the Sanibel Island Writers Workshop. Find him online at http://www.jeffnewberry.com or Tweet to him at @NewberryJeff.
Joann Gardner is an associate professor of English at Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Tampa Review, Louisiana Literature and Connecticut Review. She is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and has had artist’s residencies at Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California and the Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, New York. Her chapbook La Florida won the Weldon Kees Award in 2005 and was published by Backwaters Press. She has a book, Fierce Love, for which she is looking for a publisher.
John Davis Jr. is a sixth-generation Floridian and serves as the English Department Chair and Communications Coordinator for the Vanguard School of Lake Wales. His poetic work has been published in venues internationally, with recent appearances in Deep South Magazine, The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature, and other fine literary outlets. In April 2012, he was among the winners of the Robert Frost Poetry and Haiku Contest, sponsored by the Studios of Key West. Davis is currently enrolled as a student in the University of Tampa’s MFA in Creative Writing program. He will graduate in December 2013.
Kathryn VanSpanckeren Professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa, has been Poetry Editor of Tampa Review, organizer of UT’s Writers at the University series, Coordinator of the Writing Program, and advisor of QUILT, the student literary magazine. She has published poetry in many journals including Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, River Styx, boundary 2, Contact II, etc. She lives near the tip of Davis Island with her husband and small dog, where the night sky allows clear views of the stars. Her passions include American Literature; her book Outline of American Literature (a literary history that has been translated into over 25 languages and is used widely around the world as well as in the U.S.) is maintained on the U.S. Dept. of State website. It grew out of her lectures while she was a Fulbright Professor of American Literature in Indonesia. She has taught in Australia, collected folklore in Nepal, and lectured on American literature in Thailand, the Philippines, Burma, Australia, Egypt, Tunisia, Portugal, and Argentina. From l990-1993 she was Academic Director of the 6-week Fulbright Summer Seminar in American Literature for professors of American Literature from abroad. She has co-authored scholarly books on Margaret Atwood and the late novelist and poet John Gardner, and is currently working on a poetry manuscript and new book on Margaret Atwood, as well as a longer version of her popular history of U.S. Literature. She grew up in a rural area of Central California North of Santa Barbara; scholarships and a succession of odd jobs allowed her to go to the University of California Berkeley (BAs in English and Folklore and Mythology), Brandeis (MA) and Harvard (MA, Ph.D.).
Kimberly Johnson’s first book of poetry was Leviathan with a
Hook, and her new book, A Metaphorical God, was completed with support of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Dr. Johnson holds degrees from the University of Utah and the University of California, Berkeley.
Laura Sobbott Ross has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Florida Review, Calyx, Cold Mountain Review, Natural Bridge, Tar River Poetry, The Columbia Review, and The Caribbean Writer, among many others. She was named a finalist in the Creekwalker Poetry Prize.
Leslie Elizabeth Adams’ poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Quarterly West, Cimarron Review, Adirondack Review, The Hollins Critic, DMQ Review, and New South and been anthologized in Southern Poetry Anthology Volume II: Mississippi. She holds an MA in English from Mississippi State University and is currently an MFA Poetry Candidate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Liz Robbins’ poems have appeared recently in Barrow Street, MARGIE, Puerto del Sol, RATTLE, and storySouth, among others. Poems from her first book, Hope, As the World Is a Scorpion Fish (Backwaters Press), have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily. She’s the recipient of a Schultz Foundation grant and an Intellectual Life Grant, and a nominee for Best New Poets and a Pushcart Prize. She’s an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Flagler College.
Mark DeCarteret’s work has appeared in the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press), Brevity & Echo: Short Short Stories by Emerson College Alums (Rose Metal Press), New Pony: Collaborations & Responses (Horse Less Press), Places of Passage: Contemporary Catholic Poetry (Story Line Press), Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader (Black Sparrow Press) and Under the Legislature of Stars—62 New Hampshire Poets (Oyster River Press) which he also co-edited. Last year he was selected as the seventh Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His Postcard Project can be checked out at pplp.org.
Megan A. Hoak is a native Floridian and a self-proclaimed “rabble rouser.” She received her BA in English—with concentrations in both creative writing and literature—from Florida Southern College in 2007. She currently resides in Lakeland, Florida, where she enjoys writing poetry and stirring up all sorts of trouble.
Melanie Graham is a first year PhD student in poetry with the University of Lancaster, UK. Her work has appeared most recently in Harvard Summer Review, The Southern Quarterly, and The Homestead Review.
Michael Hettich’s two most recent books are Swimmer Dreams and Flock and Shadow: New and Selected Poems, both of which were published in 2005. A chapbook, Many Loves, won the 2007 YellowJacket Press contest for Florida poets. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, and he has won two Florida Arts Council Fellowships. He lives with his family and teaches at Miami Dade College.
MJ Fievre is a graduate of Florida International University’s creative writing program and is the author of several novels in French. Her short stories and poems in English have appeared in The Southeast Review, The Caribbean Writer, The Mom Egg, The Beautiful Anthology (TNB Books 2012), and Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011). She is the founding editor of Sliver of Stone Magagine, the secretary of Women Writers of Haitian Descent, and a regular contributor to The Nervous Breakdown. M.J. loves coconut shrimp, piña coladas, her dog Wiskee, and a good story. Anton Chekhov is one of her favorite writers.
Nicholas Samaras won The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for his first book, Hands of the Saddlemaker. He has just completed a new manuscript of poetry, SIMKO (based on the life of the Slovakian poet and translator of German Poetry, Svetozar Daniel Simko), and a memoir, The Lost City of Pekin. Samaras currently lives in West Nyack, New York.
Nick Vagnoni was born and raised in Key West, and currently teaches creative writing at Florida International University in Miami, where he recently received an MFA in poetry. He is a founding member of the Miami Poetry Collective, and his poems and reviews have appeared in publications such as Alimentum, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Florida Book Review, and The Secret of Salt.
Patricia Belote's recent poems appear in The Healing Muse, Constellations Journal of Poetry and Fiction, US 1 Worksheets, Tiger's Eye Journal of Poetry, and Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. Patricia was a 2013 nominee for Best of the Net and her first chapbook, Traveling Light, is available through Finishing Line Press.
Peter Meinke’s book about writing, The Shape of Poetry (new & revised version), has just been published. The Contracted World, his 14th book of poetry, is his most recent in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. Unheard Music, a collection of short stories, came out in 2007. His poetry and fiction have received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O’Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities; from 2003 through 2005 he held the Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. Eckerd College recently established The Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing. Meinke’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and dozens of other magazines; he and his wife, the artist Jeanne Clark, have lived in St. Petersburg since 1966.
Rajiv Mohabir is a second generation Indo-Guyanese-American, raised in Chuluota, Florida, who teaches English as a Second Language in Queens, New York. A child of four continents, he has a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Florida, MS Ed. in TESOL from Long Island University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens College. He is a VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) alumnus. Having studied Bhojpuri folk singing both in Varanasi, India and in his grandmother’s living room, he weaves aspects of folk singing into the fabric of his work. Having performed from Gainesville, Florida to New York City, Rajiv’s poems have appeared in the anthology, The Yellow Brick Road: The Not-So-Confused Voices of Brown Souls (forthcoming). His writing has also appeared in Trikone, EOAGH, Ghoti, and Ganymede (forthcoming) magazines.
Ricardo Pau-Llosa, also recently featured in The Writer’s Chronicle (AWP), is a keynote speaker at Wake Forest University’s April conference on Hispanic American Poetry, and will also be reading March 17 at Notre Dame. His website: www.pau-llosa.com.
Richard Siken’s poetry collection Crush won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Indiana Review, and Forklift, Ohio, as well as in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2000 and Legitimate Dangers. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Scott Ward, Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, M.A., University of South Carolina, is a poet whose first book, Crucial Beauty (Scop Publications), won the 1990 Loiderman Poetry Prize. His most recent volume is Wayward Passages (2006, Black Bay Books). His poems have appeared in anthologies such as American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon) and Buck and Wing: Southern Poetry at 2000 (Washington and Lee) and in journals including America, Southern Humanities Review, Hollins Critic, Blue Mesa Review, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, Big City Lit, Prime Number Magazine, and Tampa Review On Line. in 2012 he read his work at the Other Words conference of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition at Flagler College in St. Augustine. In 2013 he plans to finish a book length poetry manuscript this year about a boy in the Civil War titled, Rebel. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Susan Meyers is the author of Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina, 2006), which received the SC Poetry Book Prize, the SIBA Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her poems have also appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, and jubilat. She won Yemassee’s 2007 Pocataligo Poetry Contest, judged by Peter Meinke.
Therése Halscheid is author of Powertalk, Without Home, Uncommon Geography, and a chapbook award, Greatest Hits. Uncommon Geography received a Finalist Award from the Paterson Poetry Book Prize. She was awarded a Fellowship from NJ State Council on the Arts and is a visiting poet in schools. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines. For the past decade, the author has been house-sitting, while traveling widely to write. This mobility has helped her to sustain her writing life. Website: ThereseHalscheid.com
Tia Ballantine is a poet and a painter who lives between islands.
Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the
University of Tampa.
T. (Teresa) Stores is the author of two published novels, Getting to the Point and SideTracks (Naiad Press, 1995, 1996). Her new novel, Backslide (Sinister Wisdom, forthcoming in 2008), explores the fundamentalist Southern Baptist religion, set against the America of 1969-70, through the coming of age and later coming out of a young believer. Current works in progress include a collection of short fiction set in southern Vermont, titled Frost Heaves, and a novel for young adults. Stores’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Oregon Literary Review, Sinister Wisdom, Out Magazine, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, Blithe House Quarterly, Poetry Motel, Artistic F/X, Bloom, Cicada, Earth’s Daughters, Best Lesbian Fiction 2005, Rock & Sling, Blueline, and Kudzu. She has been awarded writing grants by the Vermont Arts Council, Barbara Deming Fund, and the Cardin Fund, and has been a scholar and contributor at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Bread Loaf. A graduate of the MFA program at Emerson College, Stores is an assistant professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Hartford.
Terri Witek’s books include The Shipwreck Dress (Orchises Press, 2008), Carnal World (Story Line Press, 2006), Fools and Crows (Orchises Press, 2003), Courting Couples (Winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Contest) and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self (University of Missouri Press, 1993). A native of northern Ohio, she holds the Art and Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing at Stetson University, where she teaches both literature and poetry workshops.
Yve Miller has worked with horses, book manuscripts, and barbecue. She is a reviewer of books and teaches students how to form counter-arguments and write from their heart. She lives in Florida and her first manuscript of poetry is in the works.
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