The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is now welcoming proposals for the 2019 Other Words conference, to be held on campus at The University of Tampa. This year, we are particularly interested in the following types of panels and presentations (though all proposals will be carefully considered):

  • Generative writing workshops, especially those that focus on experimental forms, collaborative works, and digital/new media technologies
  • Discussions of pedagogy in creative writing
  • Collaborations between writers at different levels of career development
  • Informative presentations on publishing
  • Examinations of how literary communities can and should intersect with other underserved communities
  • Introductions to exciting small presses and independent literary journals

 Proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Description (up to 250 words)
  • A brief (50 word) rationale for the proposal
  • A list of up to 4 participants, with name, affiliation (organization, university, etc.), and email addresses for each
  • AV or other special requests

There will be a limited number of time slots available for readings. Panel and workshop proposals will be given preference. Publishers and journals may also reserve tables in the conference book fair at this time.

Spring 2019 Writers Circuit


Peuo Tuy

Florida South Western College  Feb 4

University of Tampa                  Feb 5

St. Leo University                      Feb 6


Alissa Nutting  

Miami Dade College                  Feb 4

Valencia College                        Feb 5

U of Central Florida                   Feb 6

Flagler College                           Feb 7

Peuo Tuy

Peuo Tuy is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominated Cambodian American spoken word poet. She is also a creative workshop instructor and community organizer. Her poetry collection, Khmer Girl (2014), is inspired by the traumas of her life, including her family escaping the killing fields of their native Cambodia and enduring the inequities of life as immigrants in the United States. Her work has appeared in Art Papers (2016), Poets Network & Exchange magazine (2017), Lao American Review (2017), Sahtu Press (2017), LAOMAGINATION (2017), and WHYY (2017); a Philadelphia news media. Peuo has also been featured in video projects such as The New School’s “Futurographies: Cambodia-USA-France (2016), Northern Monday Films (2017), Urbintel (2005), and 30ToLifeProductions (2016). She has appeared at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts State House, The Big Read, the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival, New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as various junior high schools and high schools on the east coast. Peuo is one of the founding members and the Executive Director of the new Cambodian American Literary Arts Association, and is currently working on her forthcoming book of poetry entitled, Neon Light Brights (2018). During her free time she loves to swim, jog, read, travel, watch movies and TV shows, and devour dark chocolate cakes.  Visit her online at


Alissa Nutting

Photo credit: Sara Wood

Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novel TampaMade for Love: A Novel(HarperCollins) is her latest book. From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it. Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.


Welcome to the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, Florida's voice for independent literary magazines, publishers, & writers. Founded in 2004 by Anhinga Press, Fiction Collective 2, and the University of Tampa Press, the Florida Literary Arts Coalition is a nonprofit network of writers, teachers, editors, publishers, and sympathetic institutions collaborating to advance new writing and independent publishing throughout the state and region.


The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is also a founding co-sponsor of the Florida Book Awards.


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