Third Annual Conference:
January 25, 26 and 27, 2007
Other Words: A Conference of Literary Magazines and Independent Publishers
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

The conference will begin Thursday evening, January 25th, at 7:30 p.m., with readings from Julianna Baggott and David Van. Friday night's readers will be Bob Shacochis and John Holman.  Saturday evening's keynote reading features D.K. Roberts with Sidney Wade.


THE COMPLETE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE is posted below, followed by brief biographical notes on all participants. 

The deadline for panel proposals is December 1, 2006. Conference registration will continue until the conference begins and you may register at the event.

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Schedule for FLAC Conference 2007



Julianna Baggott and David Vann
Reception to Follow
Broad Auditorium, Claude Pepper Center


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM FLAC WELCOME
Richard Mathews, President, Florida Literary Arts Coalition
Coffee and Muffins
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor


Book Fair Tables: Anhinga Press, Apalachee Review, Black Warrior Review, Fiction Collective 2, Florida Review, Georgia Review, Southeast Review, Tallahassee Writers Association, Tampa Review, University of Tampa Press, Yellow Jacket Press, and more. . . .
WMS 013, The Common Room, Level 0

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM EDITORS PANEL

What do we mean by “literary”? Who gets left behind?
Robert Collins, Alice Friman, Jeanne Leiby, Richard Mathews, Sara Pennington, Mike Trammell, and others . . . .
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor



Curricular Politics or Why Creative Writing Should Be a Requirement, Not Just an Elective
Katie Chaple, Tom Dvorske, Greg Fraser, Emily Hipchen, and Chad Davidson
WMS 222B, 2nd Floor


Neurotics (Writers) and Nit-Pickers (Editors) in Training: How FSU's Certificate in Publishing and Editing Helps Put Writing to Work in the Workplace
Bruce Bickley, Debbie Crews, Julia Hanway, Trish Lyons, Ali Salerno, Chris Stolle, and Ned Stuckey-French
WMS 415, 4th Floor

with Kim Garcia, Don Morrill, and Chad Prevost
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor

Black Warrior Review, Florida Review, and Southeast Review
Andy Farkas (BWR Fiction Editor), Alissa Nutting (BWR Managing Editor), Jennifer Gandel Ridgeway (BWR Poetry Editor); Catherine Carson (FR Managing Editor), Susan Fallows (FR Nonfiction Editor); Sara Pennington (SER Editor); and more.
WMS 222B, 2nd Floor


Grant Getting: Funding For the Literary Arts
Randi Goldstein, Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) and
Morgan Barr Lewis, Division of Cultural Affairs
WMS 415, 4th Floor

with Russ Kesler, Martha Payne, and James Thomas
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor


Writers Beware: Where and Where Not to Get Published Online, A Tour of The Literary Web
Michael Neff, Editor, Web Del Sol, and Jeff VanderMeer
WMS 319, 3rd Floor


Chapbook Collectives: Why Bother?
Sandra Simonds, Jay Snodgrass, and Kristine Snodgrass
WMS 443 The Skybox, 4th Floor


with Saw Palm: Andrew Cochran, John Henry Fleming, Debbie McLeod, Ryan Meany, Daniel Pantano, and Reginald Shepherd
WMS 320, 3rd Floor

Kate Bernheimer, Earl Braggs, and Martha Serpas
Preception (Refreshments Prior to Reading)
Broad Auditorium, Claude Pepper Center



John Holman and Bob Shacochis
Reception to Follow
Broad Auditorium, Claude Pepper Center



Book Fair Tables: Anhinga Press, Apalachee Review, Black Warrior Review, Fiction Collective 2, Florida Review, Georgia Review, Southeast Review, Tallahassee Writers Association, Tampa Review, University of Tampa Press, Yellow Jacket Press, and more. . . .
WMS 013, The Common Room, Level 0


Are You Experienced? Navigating the Creative Writing Minefield. Graduate Student Roundtable
with Andy Farkas, Jennifer Gandel Ridgeway, and Alissa Nutting (Black Warrior Review) and Shirley Roberson
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor


The New/Flashy/Magical American Story: A Discussion on Recent Short Fiction
Audrey Colombe and Ryan Meany
WMS 318, 3rd Floor


Government Intrusion and the Creative Word: Challenges to Freedom of Speech in Journalism and Literature
Bruce Bickley, Julia Hanway, Judge Terry Lewis, ACLU lawyer Robert Rivas, and legal and media expert Neil Skene
WMS 319, 3rd Floor


Inside Outsider Memoirs
Tim Bascom and Faith Eidse
WMS 415, 4th Floor

from Scoring From Second with Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Earl Braggs, Rick Campbell, and Pete Ives. Moderated by
Philip F. Deaver.
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor

(BROWN BAG LUNCH for Florida Book Awards
Members held in WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor)

The Environment as Character
Julie Hauserman, Diane Roberts, and David Vann
WMS 319, 3rd Floor

Publishing Posthumous Poetry
University of Tampa Press and Anhinga Press roundtable with Lisa Birnbaum, Rick Campbell, Don Morrill, Dean Newman, Jane Springer, and Laura Newton
WMS 415, 4th Floor

with Editor/Writers, Marc Fitten, Alice Friman, and Jeanne Leiby, and Richard Mathews
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor

Poetry Polygamy: Collaborative Writing with Three or More Authors
Neil de la Flor, Maureen Seaton, and Kristine Snodgrass
WMS 319, 3rd Floor

Writers Who Work Outside The Creative Writing Department
Mark Mustian, Martha Payne, Paul Shepherd, James Thomas
WMS 415, 4th Floor

with Yellow Jacket Press: Gregory Byrd, Gianna Russo, Mary Jane Ryals, and Susan Lilley
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor

Are Anthologies a Straight Jacket? Historicizing the Personal Essay
Andrew Childs, Susie O’Brien Lee, Ali Salerno, Ned Stuckey-French, Peggy Wright-Cleveland
WMS 319, 3rd Floor


Degrees of Difficulty: How Difficult Should Good Poetry Be?
Robert Collins, Dan Damerville, Don Morrill, and Reginald Shepherd
WMS 415, 4th Floor


with Sheila Curran and Jeff VanderMeer
WMS 443, The Skybox, 4th Floor

Florida Arts Council Literature Fellows
Ivonne Lamazares and David Scott
Preception (Refreshments Prior to Reading)
Broad Auditorium, Claude Pepper Center



D.K. Roberts and Sidney Wade
Reception to Follow
Broad Auditorium, Claude Pepper Center

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(With our apologies for lack of italics.)

Julianna Baggott is the author of four novels, including national bestseller Girl Talk, The Madam, and Which Brings Me to You, co-written with Steve Almond, as well as three books of poems, including This Country of Mothers, Lizzie Borden in Love, and Compulsions of Silk Worms and Bees. She also writes novels for younger readers under the pen name N.E. Bode—The Anybodies trilogy and The Slippery Map (2007). Her work has appeared all over the place, including the Best American Poetry series, Glamour, Ms., Poetry, TriQuarterly, and read on NPR's Here and Now and Talk of the Nation. She teaches at Florida State University's Creative Writing Program.

Jocelyn Bartkevicius
teaches writing in the MFA Program at the University of Central Florida and serves as book review editor for the journal Fourth Genre. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Missouri Review, The Bellingham Review, The Hudson Review, and Gulf Coast, and has received The Annie Dillard Award, The Iowa Woman Award, and The Missouri Review Award. Her essay collection, The Language of Dreams, is in circulation, and she is at work on a memoir, The Emerald Room.

Tim Bascom’s memoir Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia was published by Mariner Books in June 2006. It is winner of the Bakeless Literary Prize in Nonfiction from Breadloaf Writing Conference, and an excerpt has appeared in Best American Travel Writing 2005. Bascom is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at University of Iowa. He has won editor’s prizes from The Missouri Review and The Florida Review, and his essays have appeared in Boulevard, Fourth Genre, Western Humanities Review, Image, The Sunday Magazine of the Kansas City Star, and Dynasty (the inflight magazine of China Airlines).

Kate Bernheimer is the author of a novel based on German, Russian, and Yiddish fairy tales, The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold and editor of a collection of essays, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales. She earned her BA from Wesleyan University and her MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her forthcoming books include The Complete Tales of Merry Gold, Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales, and The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum, a children’s book. She is also editor of the new literary journal Fairy Tale Review.

Bruce Bickley is G.T. Pugh Professor of English at FSU. He teaches literature courses, line editing for the Certificate in Publishing and Editing, and writing workshops for state agencies. He has also published a book on Herman Melville and several books on Joel Chandler Harris.

Lisa Birnbaum teaches writing and literature at The University of Tampa. She is Fiction Editor of Tampa Review. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Apalachee Review, Connecticut Review, Grand Tour, Parting Gifts, Puerto del Sol, and Quarter After Eight.

Earl S. Braggs is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. He is the author of In Which Language Do I Keep Silent: New and Selected Poems (Anhinga Press). His previous books, all from Anhinga Press, include Crossing Tecumseh Street, House on Fontanka, Walking Back From Woodstock, and Hat Dancer Blue, winner of the 1992 Anhinga Prize, Braggs is a UC Foundation Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has won several teaching awards.

Gregory Byrd teaches writing and humanities at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida. He won the 2005 Yellow Jacket Prize and was runner-up in the 2006 Snake Nation Prize. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from FSU (1990) and a Ph.D. in American literature from UNC-Greensboro.

Rick Campbell’s most recent book is The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books, 2004). His first full-length book, Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech 2001) won the Walt McDonald Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The Tampa Review, The Florida Review, Southern Poetry Review, Puerto Del Sol, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. Campbell has won an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and two fellowships from the Florida Arts Council. He is the director of Anhinga Press and the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and he teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He lives with his wife and daughter in Gadsden County, Florida.

Catherine Carson is Managing Editor of The Florida Review and working toward her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida.

Katie Chaple
edits Terminus Magazine and teaches writing at the University of West Georgia. She's published poems in various magazines such as Crab Orchard Review and Southern Humanities Review.

Andrew Childs is a graduate student in the American Studies Program at Florida State University.

Andrew Cochran lives in Tampa and is the fiction editor of Muse Apprentice Guild.

Robert Collins has appeared in Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. His chapbooks include The Glass Blower (Pudding House) and Lives We Have Chosen (Poems & Plays), winner of the Tennessee Chapbook Award. He teaches at University of Alabama where he edits the Birmingham Poetry Review.

Audrey Colombe teaches writing and literature at University of Tampa. Her short stories and nonfiction have been published in The Sun, Alaska Quarterly, Tampa Review, and Los Angeles Review.

Debbie Crews is Lead Editor for K-12 Test Administration at the FDOE's Office of Assessment and School Performance. She is also completing her Certificate in Publishing and Editing at Florida State University.

Sheila Curran is grateful to live in Tallahassee with her husband and children after a life of too much travel, first as an Air Force Brat and then as an academic's wife. Diana Lively is Falling Down, published in 2005, is the story of a British academic family's year in the wilds of Arizona. When not working on her second novel, the author writes academic grant proposals and other forms of experimental fiction.

Dan Damerville has taught writing, literature, and mythology at Tallahassee Community College for nineteen years. A past board member of Anhingha Press, Dan writes articles for newspapers and magazines. He is the current recipient of the Tallahassee Community College Faculty Fellowship. He is married to the poet and dancer, Susan Damerville.

Chad Davidson
is the author of Consolation Miracle (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, DoubleTake, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and others. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia.

Philip F. Deaver is chiefly a short story writer, but he has a book of poems and many creative nonfiction appearances in the literary magazines. His most recent victory is two stories in a new volume entitled Best American Catholic Short Stories, not because he's a good Catholic but because T. C. Boyle, Mary Gordon, Tobias Wolff, Andre Dubus, and Flannery O'Connor herself are in the book also.

Donna Decker is a graduate of FSU's Ph.D. in Creative Writing Program. She is a writer, performance poet, former English professor, and real estate entrepreneur who lives on Alligator Point.

Tom Dvorske teaches writing and literature at the University of West Georgia where he coordinates the program in English Secondary Education. His creative work has appeared in a variety of journals.

Faith Eidse was born and raised in Congo/Zaire, the daughter of a Canadian linguist and tropical medical nurse. She has published two books, Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global (London: Nicholas Brealey, 2004) and Voices of the Apalachicola (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006). She received her Ph.D. English from FSU in 1999 and is now an environmental writer at the Northwest Florida Water Management District and instructor at Barry University.

Susan Fallows
is the Nonfiction Editor and Business Manager of The Florida Review. She is a graduate student in University of Central Florida's MFA program where she is working on her thesis, a novel.

Andrew Farkas is an MFA Fiction Writing student at the University of Alabama, and the former Fiction Editor for Black Warrior Review. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in New Orleans Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Northwest Review, Harpur Palate, and Brooklyn Rail, among others.

Marc Fitten is editor of The Chattahoochee Review. He is also a writer, and new stories are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Louisville Review, and Esquire online.

John Henry Fleming is the author of The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, a novel of Florida. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, The North American Review, Mississippi Review, and Georgetown Review, among others, and he was a contributor to The Future Dictionary of America. He teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida, where he is advisory editor to Saw Palm.

Neil de la Flor's work has appeared in the Indiana Review, Court Green, Barrow Street, and others. Facial Geometry, a chapbook written in collaboration with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass, was published by Neo Pepper Press in 2006. He currently resides in Miami, FL.

Greg Fraser is a two-time finalist for the Walt Whitman Award. His first book of poems, Strange Pietà, was published in 2003 by Texas Tech University Press. The recipient of a grant from the NEA, he teaches at the University of West Georgia, outside Atlanta.

Alice Friman
’s new collection of poems is The Book of the Rotten Daughter from BkMk Press, 2006. She’s been published in Poetry, Gettysburg Review, Georgia Review, Boulevard, and others. Her last book, Zoo (University of Arkansas Press, 1999), won the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University and the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is Poet in Residence at Georgia College & State University and was Poetry Editor of Arts & Letters for two years. In Fall 2006, she was Editorial Assistant at The Georgia Review.


Kim Garcia’s poetry collection Madonna Magdalene will be published by Turning Point Books in the fall of 2006. Her work has appeared in The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Atlanta Review, Rosebud, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, Mississippi Review, Brightleaf, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops, Negative Capability, and Lullwater Review, among others. She is the recipient of an AWP Intro Writing Award, a Hambidge Fellowship and an Oregon Individual Artist Grant. A graduate of Reed College, she teaches creative writing at Boston College. She can be reached at

Randi Goldstein is the Associate Director of the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA), the local arts agency for Florida's Capital Area, where she serves as editor for Capital Culture Magazine and oversees the cultural grants programs. She occasionally teaches Theatre Management and related subjects at FSU, and is the author of Once Upon a Stage: Story-Based Drama with Young Children (Spindle Press, 1998) and assorted other things.


Julia Hanway teaches Electronic Editing and Design for the Certificate in Publishing and Editing at FSU and is a master's student in American Studies. She is also editor of The Wakulla Independent Reporter, which has been embroiled in a battle with the Florida Elections Commission over her refusal to label her independent newspaper as an "electioneering communication." She is represented by Robert Rivas in an ACLU-sponsored First Amendment case.


Julie Hauserman is a longtime Florida writer who lives in Tallahassee. She has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1991 for her stories about pollution in Florida's Fenholloway River, and in 2001 for her stories about arsenic leaking out of pressure-treated lumber all over America. She won the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards' top environmental prize for her work on the arsenic stories. Hauserman was a Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg Times in Tallahassee for seven years and has been a commentator for Florida Public Radio's Capital Report, National Public Radio's Weekend Edition-Sunday, and Minnesota Public Radio's The Splendid Table. Her essays are featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida, The Book of the Everglades, and Between Two Rivers. Her work has been published in many newspapers and magazines, including Family Circle, Hip Mama, and the Apalachee Review.
Emily Hipchen is an assistant professor at the University of West Georgia where she teaches creative nonfiction and British literature.


John Holman is the author of Squabble and Other Stories and Luminous Mysteries, a novel. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Tampa Review, and other publications. He is a winner of the Whiting Writers' Award. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Georgia State University at Atlanta.


Anne Haw Holt, Ph.D., is a poet, historian, and the author of eight novels. As a full- time writer and speaker, Anne visits schools and libraries throughout the U.S. to promote reading and writing.


Tara Hostetler is a part-time editor for K-12 Test Administration at the DOE's Office of Assessment and School Performance. She is also completing her Master's degree in English Literature at Florida State University.

Peter Ives teaches English and directs the Writing Center at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.


Russ Kesler teaches writing at the University of Central Florida, where he was editor of The Florida Review for ten years. His book of poems, A Small Fire, was published in 2001.


Ivonne Lamazares was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1962. At the age of thirteen she left the island and settled in Miami. Her novel, The Sugar Island, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2000 and was translated into seven languages. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship (2004), and two Florida Arts Council Grants (1994, 2007). Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Latina Magazine, Blue Mesa Review and the anthologies Having a Wonderful Time, and A Century of Cuban Writers in Florida. Publishers Weekly's starred review, called The Sugar Island". . . spare, lyrical and brilliantly observant. . . ." The Washington Post called Lamazares's a "fine new literary voice who proves again, even in these days of 'reality-based' television, that a vivid imagination is much more powerful than any news story in showing us life at the level of the human heart." She lives in Winter Park with her husband, poet Steve Kronen, and their daughter Sophie. She teaches writing and directs the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.


Susie O’Brien Lee is an MFA student in Creative Writing at Florida State University.
Jeanne Leiby is an associate professor of creative writing and editor of The Florida Review at the University of Central Florida. Her collection of short stories, Downriver, is winner of the Doris Bakwin Award and forthcoming fall 2007 from Carolina Wren Press.


Morgan Barr Lewis is Arts Administrator at the Florida Department of State / Division of Cultural Affairs.


Terry Lewis has been a trial judge for eighteen years and serves on the Second Judicial Circuit Court of Leon County. He has also written two novels, Conflict of Interest and Privileged Information, and has published a short story in the recent anthology, North Florida Fair.


Susan Lilley is a Florida native. She teaches at Trinity Preparatory School and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Her chapbook, Night Windows, is co-winner of the 2nd annual Yellow Jacket poetry contest.
Trish Lyons is the FCAT Interpretive Products Coordinator for the Test Development Center. She is also completing her Certificate in Publishing and Editing at Florida State University.


Richard Mathews is the author of two collections of poetry and several books about science fiction and fantasy. He teaches at the University of Tampa, where he is editor of Tampa Review and Director of the University of Tampa Press.


Ryan Meany's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and The Best New American Voices and has appeared in Crazyhorse and RiverCity. He teaches at the University of Tampa.


Debbie McLeod is a graduate student at the University of South Florida studying literature and film.


Don Morrill is the author of three books of nonfiction, The Untouched Minutes (winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award), 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 the Half the Day.


Mark Mustian is an attorney and Tallahassee City Commissioner and lives in Tallahassee with his wife and three children.


Michael Neff is the creator and director of WebdelSol.Com, the largest publisher of periodical contemporary literature in the United States, and the most popular and comprehensive nonprofit site on the web dedicated to the literary and cinema arts with over 43,000 other sites linking to it. He is the editor-in-chief of Del Sol Review and Del Sol Press, as well as publisher, creator, and political editor of The Potomac. His own work has appeared in such publications as The Literary Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Mudlark, Conjunctions, and American Way Magazine. He is the director of Algonkian Writer Conferences and Shops, as well as the publisher of several national literary journals including In Posse Review, La Petite Zine, Five Trope, and Perihelion.


Dean Newman is retired and lives at Alligator Point, Florida.


Laura Newton is co-editor, with Dean Newman and Jane Springer, of My Last Door, a volume of poems by the late Wendy Bishop soon to be released by Anhinga Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Snake Nation Review and Green Mountains Review.


Alissa Nutting is the incoming Editor of the Black Warrior Review, an Assistant Editor of Alabama Heritage Magazine, and an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Alabama.


Daniele Pantano is a poet, translator, and editor born in Langenthal, Switzerland. His individual works, as well as his translations from the German by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Georg Trakl, have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He currently lives in Florida, with his wife and their two children, and teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida and, as the Visiting Poet, at Florida Southern College.


Martha Payne is a former columnist for the Atlanta Braves' magazine, ChopTalk. She now focuses on writing fiction. Her debut novel, Chin Music, will be published by William Morrow in 2008. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and four children.


Sara Pennington is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Florida State University. She is editor of The Southeast Review and online editor of The Chattahoochee Review.


Chad Prevost teaches at Lee University as Assistant Professor Creative Writing Specialist where he co-directs the Writers Reading Series. He is author of Snapshots of the Perishing World from Word Tech Press’s Cherry Grove Collections. Chad is also co-editor (with Gerry LaFemina) of an anthology, Evensong: Contemporary American Poets of Spirituality (Bottom Dog Press). He is also co-founder of C&R Books.


Jennifer Gandel Ridgeway was the 2006 poetry editor for Black Warrior Review. This spring, she will complete her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. Current project: a play in verse about Joan of Arc.


Robert Rivas is a First Amendment and media lawyer with the Tallahassee office of Sachs & Sax, which is based in Palm Beach County. In his life before law school, he was a reporter for the Miami Herald and the deputy metro editor of The Palm Beach Post.


Sherlie Roberson-Mack is a student in the University of Central Florida’s Masters of Arts Program’s Creative Writing track. She endeavors to become a full-time fiction writer and part-time teacher of the craft.


Diane Roberts is an FSU Professor who specializes in Southern culture. Her latest book, DREAM STATE: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and other Florida Wildlife, about her politically prominent (and very odd) family has been called "perfect," as well as "hilarious," "wild," "fun," "strange," and "splendid." Her previous two books -- Faulkner and Southern Womanhood and The Myth of Aunt Jemima -- are explorations of Southern culture. She is also a journalist, writing op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Times of London. She is a political columnist for The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and makes documentaries for BBC Radio in London, where she also spends part of the year. She has been a commentator for NPR since 1993.


Gianna Russo is a poet, writer, editor and teacher. She founded Yellow Jacket Press, currently the only Florida publisher of poetry chapbooks. Her poetry was nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize. She has had poems published in Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Crab Orchard Review, The Florida Review, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, The MacGuffin, Calyx and others, in addition to several anthologies. She has had essays published in the St. Petersburg Times. She co-directs the creative writing program at Blake School of the Arts in Tampa.


Mary Jane Ryals won the 2006 Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook contest for Music in Arabic. Her book, Getting into the Intercultural Groove was published in 2006. Her short story collection, A Messy Job was published in 1999. Along with Donna Decker, she edited Anhinga Press' North of Wakulla in 1989. She's currently at work on a mystery novel and a poetry collection, and is part of The Java Dog Girls Poetry Troupe.


Ali Salerno completed her M.A. at Florida State University's creative writing program. She is an editor for the Florida Department of Education, and is currently finishing up her Certificate in Publishing and Editing at FSU.


David G.W. Scott’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore; Euphony; The Madison Review; West Branch; New Delta Review; The Lyric; Taproot; The Greensboro Review; Red, White and Blues (University of Iowa Press); and Pinch. He was a PEN New England Discovery for Fiction and a Delaware Division of the Arts Grant in Fiction in 2004. He recently received a Florida Arts Council Grant for fiction. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife, poet and novelist Julianna Baggott.


Martha Serpas grew up in Galliano, Louisiana, and received her BA from Louisiana State University. She subsequently did graduate study at New York University, Yale Divinity School and the University of Houston. Her poems are included in Uncommonplace: An Anthology of Louisiana Poets (LSU Press) and her volume of poetry, Cote Blanche, appeared in 2002 from New Issues press at Western Michigan University. Serpas is currently on the faculty at the University of Tampa, and her second volume of poetry, The Dirty Side of the Storm, was released by Norton in October 2006. Two poems from this collection, along with audio, are in the Winter 2006 issue of 2River. Additional poems are included in Harold Bloom's 2006 anthology American Religious Poems. A 2005 issue of The New Yorker includes three of her poems.


Bob Shacochis is Writer-in-Residence at FSU. His first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands , won the National Book Award for First Fiction in 1985, and his second collection, The Next New World , was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1989. Bob Shacochis is a former columnist for Gentleman’s Quarterly and a contributing editor for both Outside and Harper’s. A collection of his columns for GQ, Domesticity: A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love, was published by Scribner in 1994. Swimming in the Volcano, the first book in a projected trilogy, was a 1993 National Book Award Finalist. The Immaculate Invasion, a chronicle of the 1994 military intervention in Haiti, was a finalist for The New Yorker Magazine Award for best nonfiction of 1999. He has also received a
James Michener Fellowship and a grant from the NEA.


Paul Shepherd is Writer in Residence at Florida State University and author of the novel More Like Not Running Away, winner of the Mary McCarthy Award.


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.


Sandra Simonds is a PhD student at FSU in Creative Writing. She is the author of three chapbooks-- the Tar Pit Diatoms (Otoliths, 2006), the Travelogues (Cy Gist, forthcoming) and the Ignis Fatuus Ships (Coconut, forthcoming) and the founding editor of Wildlife, an experimental poetry magazine.


Neil Skene is a lawyer and private investor in Tallahassee and writes the Tallahassee column for Florida Trend magazine. During a 35-year career in publishing, he has been a reporter, editor, and board member at the St. Pete Times, president of the Congressional Quarterly, and a top executive with an Internet publishing firm.


Jay Snodgrass is the author of Monster Zero (Elixir Press) and The Underflower (Cherry Grove Collections). His poems have appeared most recently in and With a hard candy outside and a surprising burst of flavor inside, he is trying to put the "mental" into experimental poetry.


Kristine Snodgrass’s solo work appears most recently in Shampoo, Coconut, and 2River View. Her collaborative work with Maureen Seaton and Neil de la Flor has been published in a chapbook, Facial Geometry, by NeO Pepper Press. Kristine is the editor of Cake a new journal of poetry and art to be out this spring.


Jane Springer’s first book, Dear Blackbird, was recently chosen for the Agha Shahid Ali prize and is forthcoming from The University of Utah Press in March 2007. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Florida State.


Chris Stolle received his bachelor's degree in journalism and education from Indiana University. He has worked as a copy editor and page designer for several newspapers and magazines. He has also worked as a freelance editor, especially for books. Currently, he is an editor for an educational publisher.


Ned Stuckey-French is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Florida State University. He is working on two book-length projects—a memoir of his ten years as a trade union organizer in a Boston hospital and a study of the personal essay in America between the two world wars. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals and magazines such as In These Times, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, Walking Magazine, culturefront, Fourth Genre, The Pinch, and American Literature, and has been listed among the year's notable essays in Best American Essays.


James Thomas has published stories in Blue, Short Stories Bi-Monthly, Southern Exposure, First Class, Dead Mule, Hawaii Review, RE:AL, Berkeley Fiction Review, and Snake Nation Review. One of his short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Also, he won first place in the Emerging Writers category for the Florida Literary Arts Alliance Awards. In addition, Barry Lopez nominated one of his stories for the Best New American Voices anthology at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He currently teaches English at Valencia Community College in Orlando.


Mike Trammell is the Editor of the Apalachee Review. He's a faculty member of the College of Business at Florida State University, where he teaches business communication and technical writing.


Jeff VanderMeer is currently editing the anthologies Best American Fantasy, New Weird, Last Drink Bird Head, Fast Ships: Black Sails, and Mortar Baby: The Best of Leviathan. His latest novel is Shriek: An Afterword--a San Francisco Chronicle,, Austin Chronicle, and Barnes & Novel best-of-the-year selection--which has a short film associated with it and, coming in August, an original soundtrack by legendary rock band The Church.


David Vann’s memoir, A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea, is a national bestseller, featured on NPR, Voice of America, and FoxNews. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and other magazines and won various awards. He’s been a Wallace Stegner Fellow, taught at Stanford and Cornell, and is now a professor at FSU (


Sidney Wade is the author of four collections of poetry: Celestial Bodies (2002), Empty Sleeves (1990); Green (1998); and Istanbul’dan/From Istanbul (1998), which was published in Turkish and English by Yapi Kredi Yayinlari, Istanbul. A fifth collection of poems, Stroke, is forthcoming from Persea Books. Professor Wade was Senior Lecturer on a Fulbright Fellowship at Istanbul University in 1989–90, and was awarded the Stanley P. Young Fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in 1994. She is professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is the current president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).


Wayne Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies and Professor of American Studies at Florida State University. He is also coeditor of Library Quarterly (University of Chicago Press), Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu (International Library and Information Science Honor Society), and Director of the Florida Best Books Awards competitions.


Margaret “Peggy” Wright-Cleveland is a doctoral candidate in American Literature at Florida State University. Her research investigates the representation of race in American Letters, including the essay, between the World Wars.