2006-2007 Florida Writers’ Circuit

Written by Richard Mathews   
Aug 31, 2006 at 12:23 AM

The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is pleased to announce a group of outstanding contemporary literary authors for its 2006-2007 Florida Writers’ Circuit tour. Other writers will be added. Contact us for more information or to find out how you can host a visiting writer.


FALL 2006 



Chase Twichell  (poet)

Chase Twichell was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1950. She received a bachelor's degree from Trinity College (Hartford) in 1973 and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1976. Her books of poetry include The Snow Watcher (Ontario Review Press, 1998), The Ghost of Eden (1995), Perdido (1991), The Odds (1986), and Northern Spy (1981). She has won awards from the Artists Foundation (Boston), the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. From 1976 to 1984 she worked at Pennyroyal Press, and from 1986 to 1988 she co-edited the Alabama Poetry Series, published by University of Alabama Press. She also co-edited The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach with Robin Behn (HarperCollins, 1992). She has taught at Princeton University, Goddard College, Warren Wilson College, the University of Alabama, and Hampshire College. In 1999 Twichell founded Ausable Press. She lives in Keene, New York, with her husband, the novelist Russell Banks.


September 26: Fort Myers, Florida Gulf Coast University

September 27: Miami, Books & Books, Florida Center for the Literary Arts

September 28: Winter Park, Valencia Community College, East Campus, 1 p.m.
September 29-October 1: Orlando and Winter Park workshops

October 3: Tallahassee, FSU, The Warehouse on Gaines Street

October 4: Orlando, University of Central Florida

October 5: Tampa, University of Tampa, Reeves Theatre, 8 p.m.

Poems by Chase Twichell can be viewed at the following websites:



Sandy Longhorn   (poet)

Sandy Longhorn, winner of the 2006 Anhinga Prize for Blood Almanac, was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1971 and received her BA in English from the College of St. Benedict (MN) in 1993. In 2003 she received an MFA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Currently, she teaches at Pulaski Technical College and lives in Little Rock, AR.

Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Connecticut Review, Free Verse, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Midwest Quarterly, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere.

November 14: Tallahassee, FSU, The Warehouse on Gaines Street, 8 p.m.

November 15: Jacksonville, Florida Community College

November 16: Tampa, University of Tampa, Reeves Theatre, 8 p.m.

November 18-19: Miami, Miami Book Fair 

Samples of her work can be viewed at the following web page:






Steve  Kowit (poet)

Steve Kowit, 2006 winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, is a widely published California writer with several collections of  poetry in print, including The Dumbbell Nebula (Heyday Books), Epic Journeys, Unbelievable Escapes (State Street Press), and, most  recently, The Gods of Rapture (City Works Press), a collection of poems inspired by the erotic verse of  India. His work appears regularly in magazines and journals and has been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio. His teaching manual, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop (Tilbury House), is widely used. He is the recipient of a National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, and several other awards. The University of Tampa Press will publish his winning manuscript, The First Noble Truth, in Spring 2007.


Samples of his work can be found at the following web links: