Our Alumni - Their Accomplishments     

Scott Bailey, Ph.D. 2012 - Scott Bailey's first book of poems Thus Spake Gigolo is now in print, published by NYQ Books (New York Quarterly Books). A recipient of The John Mackay Shaw, Academy of American Poetry Award and The May Alexander Ryburn Fellowship, his poems have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Cortland Review, Harpur Palate, The Journal, Meridian, The Southeast Review, New York Quarterly, and Verse Daily, among others.

 

Pamela Ball, MA 1988 - Pam Ball is haole, born and raised on Oahu of American parents. Both of her novels, i>Lava and The Floating City, are set in Hawaii. She is the winner of numerous writing awards, including the Hemingway Short Fiction Award.

 

Matt Bondurant, Ph.D. 2003 - Matt Bondurant was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English from James Madison University, then went on to earn a PhD in English Creative Writing from Florida State University. He is the author of three novels, The Third Translation (Hyperion 2005), The Wettest County in the World (Scribner 2008), and The Night Swimmer (Scribner 2012), as well as numerous published stories, poems, essays, and reviews.

 

David Bottoms, Ph.D. 1982 - Robert Penn Warren selected David Bottoms's first collection, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, for the 1979 Walt Whitman Award. His recent work includes Armored Hearts: Selected and New Poems and the novel Easter Weekend. He is a Professor of English at Georgia State University and the State Poet Laureate for Georgia.

 

Brigitte Byrd, Ph.D. 2003 - Brigitte Byrd, a French-American poet, is the author of three book-length poetry collections, most recently Song of a Living Room (Ahsahta Press). Her newest poems are featured in The Laurel Review, Sentence, and the North American Review. She is Professor of English at Clayton State University where she teaches creative writing, contemporary poetry, and multicultural literature. She received a Ph. D. in English (Poetry as a Genre and Theory of Performance) from Florida State University. Brigitte lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Erica Cameron, B.S. 2007 - Erica knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn't her best work, but it got her an A. After graduating from FSU, she used her degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology and to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality. She is the author of The Dream War Saga. Her short story "Whatever It Takes" was released within the anthology Doorways to Extra Time (Spencer Hill Press, 2013) and book one of The Dream War Saga, Sing Sweet Nightingale (Spencer Hill Press), was released March 2014.

 

Rick Campbell, Ph.D. - His most recent book is The History of Steel: A Selected Works (2014), from All Nations Press. His other books include Dixmont (2008); The Traveler's Companion (2004); Setting The World In Order (2001); and A Day's Work (2000). He's won a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two poetry fellowships from the Florida Arts Council. Poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourth River, Kestrel, Puerto Del Sol, New Madrid and other journals. Campbell was the director of Anhinga Press for twenty years and is a founder and Board Member of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. He teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

 

Susanna Childress, Ph. D. - Susanna Childress won the Brittingham Poetry Prize for her collection, Jagged with Love (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), chosen by Billy Collins.

 

Katie Cortese, Ph.D. - Katie Cortese lives in Lubbock, TX, where she teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Wigleaf, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere, including the Rose Metal Press anthology, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. She holds a PhD from Florida State University and an MFA from Arizona State University. The former editor-in-chief of The Southeast Review, she now serves as the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and her flash fiction collection, Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories (ELJ Publications), launched in September of 2015. She is currently at work on a full-length story collection as well as a novel.

 

Denise Du Vernay, M.A. 2002 - Karma Waltonen, M.A. 2001 (Ph.D. UC Davis) - Denise and Karma have co-written a book called The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield (McFarland, 2010). The authors, both of whom have been teaching The Simpsons for over a decade, share exercises, prompts, and even syllabi that have proven successful in their own courses. Denise teaches humanities, speech, and writing at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Karma is a lecturer at the University of California Davis.

 


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