2013 Conference Readers

Campbell McGrath, Saturday, Nov. 9th

Campbell McGrath has published numerous collections of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago (1996), which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Capitalism (1990); American Noise (1994); Florida Poems (2002); Pax Atomica (2005); Seven Notebooks (2007); and In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (2012) which won the Florida Book Award.  He is co-translator of Aristophanes’s The Wasps (1999, has won a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares literary journal, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been widely anthologized, including in The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1999), The New American Poets (2000), and Great American Prose Poems (2003).  He teaches at Florida International University.

Rhonda Riley, Saturday, Nov. 9th


Rhonda Riley   Of her first novel, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, Julianna Baggott writes “it is an incredible, otherworldly love story. Both whimsical and deeply satisfying, it’s a tale about the fluidity of love, the importance of family, and the meaning of home.  It’s a debut that reads with the urgency of a lifelong secret finally confessed.”  Riley received her MFA at the University of Florida.

D.K. Roberts, Friday, Nov. 8th

D.K. Roberts’ 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."  Roberts' 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 and she writes for the Washington Post. She teaches at the Florida State University.

Mark Powell, Thursday, Nov. 7th

Mark Powell is the author of four novels: Blood Kin, which received the Peter Taylor Prize, Prodigals, both published by the University of Tennessee Press, The Dark Corner (2012), and The House of the Lord (2012) and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He was educated at The Citadel, The University of South Carolina, and Yale Divinity School. He teaches in the English Department at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.

Gianna Russo, Thursday, Nov. 7th

Gianna Russo is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower (Kitsune Books, 2011), which is a Florida Book Awards bronze medal winner, Florida Publishers Association Presidents’ Award silver medal winner, and an Eric Hofer First Horizons finalist. Ms. Russo is founding editor of YellowJacket Press, currently Florida’s only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts, for which she won a 2011 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award.  A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published poems in 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.  She teaches at St. Leo University, where she is also managing editor of Sandhill Review.