2014 Conference Readers

Thursday Night Readers--The Gloria Sirens

Suzannah Gilman

Gloria Siren Suzannah Gilman has published poetry, essays, fiction, and nonfiction. Her poems have appeared in such publications as The Florida Review, The Rollins Book of Verse 1885-2010, Pearl, Calyx Journal, Slow Trains, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Family Matters: Poems of our Families, Levure Litteraire, Cafe Review, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she is the author of I Will Meet You at the River, a poetry chapbook.

Susan Lilley

Gloria Siren Susan Lilley’s poetry and nonfiction appear in Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, CALYX, Sweet, Slipstream, Pithead Chapel and other journals. She is the 2009 winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award, and her two chapbooks are Night Windows (winner of Yellow Jacket Press Poetry Contest) and Satellite Beach (Finishing Line Press, 2012). She was voted winner of the best of There Will Be Words reading series in Orlando, Florida in 2013; her solo TWBW chapbook of nonfiction, When We Were Stardust, is out in May of 2014. She lives and teaches in central Florida.

Katherine Riegel

Gloria Siren Katherine Riegel is the author of two books of poetry, What the Mouth Was Made For and Castaway, and a book about mindfulness and self-empowerment, The Manifesto. Her poems and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Brevity, Crazyhorse, and The Rumpus. She is co-founder and poetry editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection.


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Lisa Lanser Rose

The Gloria Sirens founder, Lisa Lanser Rose wrote the memoir, For The Love of a Dog, (Harmony Books), and the novel, Body Sharers (Rutgers University Press). She holds an MFA from Penn State. Body Sharers placed among the finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Best First Novel, The Washington Prize for Fiction, and the AWP Intro Awards. Recent work has appeared in Superstition Review, Tampa Review Online, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine: Women Writing Nature, and Ascent Literary Journal. Her essay, “Turnpike Psycho,” won the 2013 Florida Review Editor’s Award.


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Gianna Russo

Gianna Russo is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower (Kitsune Books, 2011), and two chap     books, Blue Slumber (YellowJacket Press, 2006) and The Companion of Joy (Green Rabbit Press, 2014).  Moonflower was awarded a Florida Book Awards bronze medal, Florida Publishers Association Presidents’ Award silver medal, and was an Eric Hofer First Horizons finalist award. 


Ms. Russo is founding editor of YellowJacket Press, currently Florida’s only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts. 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.  Her creative nonfiction appears on the blog The Gloria Sirens and has appeared in the Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Petersburg Times). She teaches at St. Leo University, where she is editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review and director of the Sandhill Writers Retreat. 

Tiffany Razzano

Gloria Siren Tiffany Razzano is an editor with Tampa Bay Newspapers, a group of weekly newspapers, La Gaceta, and a blog editor for Creative Loafing, focusing on LGBT issues, events, and arts and entertainment. She’s also currently working on a collection of humorous personal essays and blogs at Have Vagina, Will Travel. She is the founder, leader, and powerhouse behind Wordier Than Thou, a literary arts organization in Tampa Bay.

Leslie Salas

Gloria Siren Leslie Salas earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UCF and is a University of Denver Publishing Institute graduate. As an Associate Course Director in the English Department at Full Sail University, she teaches English Composition and Creative Writing. Leslie has presented at local and national conferences and symposiums—most notably at the AWP Annual Conference and Bookfair and FLAC’s Other Words Literary Conference. She also serves as the assistant editor for The Florida Review and the graphic narrative editor for Sweet. She writes in all mediums—fiction, nonfiction, screenplay, and comics—and her work has appeared in Burrow Press’ 15 Views Volume II: Corridor, The Southeast Review, Sweet, and others.

Friday, Nov. 7th

Allison Joseph

Allison Joseph lives, writes and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University. Her books include In Every SeamImitation of LifeSoul TrainVoice: Poems, and Trace Particles. Editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, she is also the director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer creative writing workshop for teenaged writers.

Craig Blais

Craig Blais is the author of About Crows (University of Wisconsin Press), a Florida Book Award gold medalist and winner of the 2013 Felix Pollak Prize for Poetry. Craig’s work has appeared in literary magazines such as Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Best New Poets, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, New Welsh Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. He holds PhD in English from Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee.


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Saturday, Nov. 8th

Jim Daniels

Jim Ray Daniels is the author of five books of short fiction, including, most recently, Eight Mile High, published in 2014 by Michigan State University Press.  Trigger Man, published in 2012, won the Midwest Book Award for Short Fiction. Earlier collections have won an IPPY (Independent Publishers Book Award) Gold Medal and a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Medal. His short stories have been anthologized and reprinted in many publications, and he has adapted two of them into screenplays which were made into short films.  He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English.