Florida Writer's Circuit
Joseph Millar’s newest collection is Blue Rust (2012) from Carnegie-Mellon. His first collection, Overtime (2001) was finalist for the Oregon Book Award and a second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007. Millar grew up in Pennsylvania, attended the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and spent 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. It would be two decades before he returned to poetry. His poems—stark, clean, unsparing—record the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings and divorces, men and women. His work has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Pushcart Prize. Poems have appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, APR, and Ploughshares. In 1997 he gave up his job as telephone installation foreman to try his hand at teaching. He is now core faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA and lives in Raleigh, NC.
Fall 2013--East Coast Circuit
Monday 9/30: Edison State College (Charlotte Campus, Punta Gorda)
Tuesday 10/1: Valencia College
Wednesday 10/2: College of Central Florida (Ocala campus)
Thursday 10/3: Flagler College
Spring 2014--West Coast Circuit
Monday 1/27: Eckerd College
Tuesday 1/28: University of Tampa
Wednesday 1/29: St. Leo University
Thursday 1/30: University of South Florida
Friday 1/31: Interview on WMNF Radio
Matt Batt published his first memoir SUGARHOUSE: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into our Home Sweet Home through Houghton Mifflin Publishing in June of 2012. His work has appeared in Tin House, The Huffington Post, Mid-American Review, Fifth Wednesday, Quarterly West, Western Humanities Review, Soundings East, The Isthmus, San Francisco Chronicle, Salt Lake Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and the anthology Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast. Batt teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He’s a graduate of Ohio State’s MFA program and the University of Utah’s Ph.D program in English and creative writing. Batt currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife and son.
Fall 2013--West Coast Circuit
Monday 9/30: Eckerd College
Tuesday 10/1: University of Tampa
Wednesday 10/2: St. Leo University
Thursday 10/4: University of South Florida
Friday 10/5: Interview on WMNF Radio
Spring 2014--East Coast Circuit
Monday 1/27: Edison
College (Ft. Myers Campus)
Tuesday 1/28: Valencia College
Wednesday 1/29: College of Central Florida (Ocala campus)
Thursday 1/30: Flagler College
Friday 1/31: TBD
Anna Ross’s 2012 award-winning book If a Storm, received the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her chapbook, Hawk Weather, won the 2008 New Women’s Voices Prize from Finishing Line Press and the 2009 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as The Paris Review, The New Republic, Southwest Review, AGNI Online, Salamander, and Barrow Street. Her translations have appeared in Rattapallax and Poetry Wales, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Grub Street, Inc., Fishtrap, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Anna also writes and is a contributing poetry editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics. She holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University.She teaches writing and poetry at Boston University and Grub Street, Inc.
Tuesday, Nov. 5th: Univ. of Tampa
Wednesday, Nov. 6th: Eckerd College
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7th and 8th: Flagler College, and the Other Words Conference
The Mission of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition Writer's Circuit
The Writer's Circuit follows FLAC's Mission to provide forums for publishers and writers, of professional and academic background, to address current issues in the literary arts and promote a greater understanding of contemporary literature.
The Circuit hosts literary readings by published authors across several cities in Florida, pairing these readings with discussions and Q&A sessions. This allows time for writers to meet, share ideas, develop their craft and celebrate their successes, additionally allowing the public to experience new and creative literature while gaining insight to the creative process.
Each year, the Writer's Circuit puts four writers on tour through the state of Florida over two weeks, visiting nine schools on the east and west coasts of Florida. One Circuit week is held in the spring and one week in the fall for each writer. Anhinga Press sponsors one of their writers, often the winner of the annual Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and the University of Tampa Press sponsors the winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry each year. The nine member schools nominate and select two more writers, one each of poetry and prose. The Writer's Circuit allows authors to read, discuss and present their work while providing networking opportunities between publishers, professors and the public.