FORMER EDITORS AND STAFF
Robert Alderman was recently a semi-finalist for The Poet’s Billow 2013 Atlantis Award. He has published fiction and poetry in The Blue Route, Sphere Literary Magazine, and Thread Literary Inquiry. In 2011, Robert won the Scholarly and Creative Excellence Award in the Fine Arts at the University of South Florida, and was also the recipient of the Thomas E. Sanders Scholarship in Creative Writing.
Aracelis Gonzáles Asendorf
Danita Berg directs the English Department at Full Sail University and is the founding editor of Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine, as well as the founder of Oklahoma City University's low-residency MFA program in creative writing. Her work has appeared in Redivider, Literary Mama, Southern Women’s Review, Black Market Review, and The Houston Literary Review, among others, as well as the anthologies Press Pause Moments: Essays about Life Transitions by Women Writers and Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: An Oklahoma Writing Anthology.
Brittany Cagle works as a creative writing instructor and writing consultant at the University of South Florida. Her poetry and prose has most recently appeared in Spry Literary Journal Issues 2 and 4, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Welter, Mad Swirl, and is forthcoming in The Stray Branch and The Poet’s Billow. Her poetry was recently nominated for the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Award. Her poetry chapbook, My Family Sleeps in New Beds, was selected by The Poet’s Billow for the Pangaea prize, submitted to Best New Poets anthology, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. Her online portfolio is www.brittanycagle.com.
Jason J. Campbell
Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing in Madison, a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Bread Loaf waitership, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. Her work has been noted in Best American Essays, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, Five Chapters, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, among other publications.
Phillippe Diederich is a Haitian-American writer and photographer born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Mexico City and Miami. His non-fiction has been published in the Traveler’s Tales Anthology, Cuba; Cigar Aficionado; The Miami New Times; The Dallas Morning News and forthcoming in Sweet: a Literary Confection. His short fiction has been awarded the 2013 Chris O'Malley Fiction Prize from The Madison Review, the Association of Writing Programs Intro Journal Award for fiction, the Gulf Coast Creative Writing Conference Award for fiction, and received two Pushcart nominations. His stories have appeared in Quarterly West, The Houston Literary Review, Frostwriting, High Desert Journal, Sheepshead Review and forthcoming in Hobart and The Madison Review. He is also the author of Communism and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, an eBook that includes forty black and white photographs of Cuban Harley-Davidson bikers in Havana, Cuba. Check out his website at www.phillippediederich.com and his blog at www.roadtoabestseller.com.
Kim Karalius holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida. Despite enjoying the state for its exciting hurricanes and Disney World, she wishes it would snow one in a while. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as the Rose Red Review, Luna Station Quarterly, The Medulla Review, and Hogglepot. Deathless Press published her chapbook, POCKET FOREST, in August 2013. In 2015, her debut novel, LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS, was published by Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan. Kimberly blogs about her adventures at http://kkaralius.blogspot.com/
Christine Lasek holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Florida. Her thesis was a collection of short stories all set in her home state of Michigan. Lasek graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2003 with a degree in English and a focus in Creative Writing. Prior to returning to academia, she worked for eight years in both public relations and online journalism in and around Detroit. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Pearl Literary Magazine, the Tampa Review Online, the Coal City Review and elsewhere.
Zach Lundgren received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida, his BA in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and grew up in northern Virginia. His poetry has been published in several literary journals and magazines including The Louisville Review, The Portland Review, Barnstorm, The Adirondack Review, the University of Colorado Honors Journal. He was nominated for the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award and was awarded the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize in 2012. He is a poetry editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection and a founding editor of Blacktop Passages.
Lacie Meier is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of South Florida. Originally a photographer and visual artist, she is interested in visual imagery as metaphorical representation of written text, and how the marriage of the two can function as a single entity. She was Saw Palm's art and poetry editor for Volume 7 and lives in Dunedin, Florida with her husband and three children.
Mary Jo Melone
David Antonio Moody is production editor of Cortland Review and has edited for Southeast Review and Saw Palm. He is the recipient of a 2014 AWP Intro Journals Award, and in 2009 he was awarded a Zbar Poetry Prize. His recent poetry appears in Spillway, Streetlight, Eleven Eleven and Artful Dodge. David holds degrees from the University of Central Florida and University of South Florida but currently studies at Florida State University, where he performed in the Jack Haskin’s Flying High Circus. He teaches composition at Arizona State University and is a faculty member of the Face-to-Face Writers' Studio at the downtown Phoenix campus.
Darrell Nicholson grew up in South Florida and has written for print, film, and multimedia since 1985. In the late 1980s, he set sail for the South Pacific in an old wooden boat, a 10-year-long detour that led to several award-winning stories and photos in magazines such as Escape, Islands, Sail, and Cruising World. His fiction was featured in the linked collection of short stories 15 Views of Tampa published by Burrow Press. He lives with his wife and two boys in Sarasota, Fla., where he is the editor of Practical Sailor magazine, writes poetry and short fiction, and is working on a novel. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida, is a former associate editor for USF’s fine arts journal Saw Palm, and sole winner of the 2012 Anspaugh Fiction Award. He has BA degrees in Philosophy and Spanish and was a fellow at the Mecalf Institute’s Workshop for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island. Darrell blogs on sailing topics at www.practical-sailor.com/blog. He also blogs as The Mighty Plankton at www.mightyplankton.com.
Winnona Elson Pasquini is a poet and writer living in Tampa, Florida. She was recently named a finalist in New Rivers Press MVP book competition for The Book of Poisons and a finalist in Yellowjacket Press’s 2013 Peter Meinke Prize for Poetry for And the Stars from the Sky Were Ripped. Her recent publications include work in Tipton Poetry Journal, Rock & Sling, Autumn Sky Poetry, and The Chronicle of Higher Education Online. Pasquini is also the winner of both the 2008 Estelle J. Zbar and the 2008 Bettye Newman Poetry Awards. She completed her MFA in creative writing and studied film at the University of South Florida and is currently working on a poetry collection inspired by film.
Alan Shaw holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Florida. His thesis was a memoir about being raised in the Mormon Church and the years he later spent in a Florida state prison. He also coaches the university’s debate teams and hates his cat. His work has appeared online in the journals Sweet: a Literary Confection, Scissors and Spackle, Spry Literary Journal, and in the anthology Going Om.
Claire Stephens is currently writing and drawing Split City Blues, a graphic novel. In 2013, Split City Blues was the recipient of the University of South Florida Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation Award. When it is published, she plans on starting another novel and entering the academic job market. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida. She is also the Enrollment Management Assistant for the College of Business' Graduate Studies Office. Her poetry and graphic poetry has been published in The Bad Penny Review and Prick of the Spindle.
Vivian Taylor received her Ph.D. in English in 2011 and works as a creative copywriter in the marketing and communications department of a major non-profit. In her free time, she writes poetry, volunteers as a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and does pro-bono marketing and communications work for several other animal and civil rights organizations.
Whitney Templeton received her MFA from University of South Florida, where she is currently an instructor of Digital Rhetoric. As a volunteer, she leads a creative writing group in her community for victimized teenaged girls and young women. Her poems have appeared in Cheat River Review, Barnstorm Journal, Prime Number Magazine, and Bellingham Review.