Graduate Student Profiles

Fiction and Nonfiction

Latifa Ayad

Latifa Ayad is an MFA fiction writer. She received her BA in Creative Writing and French from Florida State University in 2014. Simultaneously a Florida native and a Libyan-American, Latifa explores both identities in her work. Her short fiction is forthcoming in The Normal School, and she is currently at work on her first novel.

Gabrielle Bellot

Gabrielle Bellot grew up in the Commonwealth of Dominica. She has contributed work to or has work forthcoming in The New York Times, Slate, Guernica, Autostraddle, The Caribbean Review of Books, the blogs of Prairie Schooner and The Missouri Review, and other places, and she was featured on The Butter's 'This Writer's On Fire' column. She is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at Florida State University. She is working on her first novel.

Brandi Bradley

Brandi Bradley was born in Bells, Tennessee and raised by a rodeo clown and a snake-oil salesman. Her work has appeared in Juked and the Lincoln Humanities Journal and is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature. She was recently honored as a finalist for New Letters' Alexander Cannon Prize for Fiction and in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University

Etkin Camoglu

A New Yorker born in Arizona, Etkin has spent many years living and teaching in the city of her heritage, Istanbul. Her work has been published by Vagabondage Press and The 34th Parallel Magazine. She earned her B.A. from New York University and was a MFA fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Etkin is currently working on her first book, a linked collection of novellas set in the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Kelly Ann Jacobson

Kelly Ann Jacobson is the author or editor of many published books, including the novel Cairo in White, the poetry collection I Have Conversations with You in My Dreams, and several young adult novels under the pen name Annabelle Jay. Her stories have appeared in such places as Northern Virginia Review, New Plains Review, and Iron Horse Literary Review. Kelly earned her MA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Fiction from Florida State University.

Alex Jaros

Alex Jaros received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, where he was the Follett Fellowship recipient. He earned his BA in English from the University of Missouri in 2011. His work can be found in Glimmer Train, Bird’s Thumb, Ghost Proposal, .LDOC, Goreyesque, and Epic. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University."

Kate Kimball

Kate Kimball is a fiction PhD candidate at Florida State University. She received an MFA from Virginia Tech. Her work has appeared in The Hawaii Review, Arcadia, The Chaffey Review, Ellipsis, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Inwood Indiana. She has poems in Poetry in Medicine, essays in Midwest Magazine, and book reviews in Late Night Library, Heavy Feather Review, and Arcadia. She is the Online Editor for The Southeast Review and has a column, "Pursuits of Absolution," in Online Sundries at Arcadia Magazine. She is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Colleen Mayo

Colleen Mayo’s writing has appeared in The Sun Magazine and Bluestem. She was a 2017 winner of the FSU Creative Writing Spotlight Award for Nonfiction. Colleen is an MFA student in Fiction at Florida State University

Dyan Neary

Dyan Neary is a writer and documentary filmmaker from New York City. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Elle, The New York Times, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” GO, In These Times, The Southeast Review, ZMag, The Independent, and elsewhere.  She has worked as a staff writer for the Earth Times and Conference News Daily, providing on-site coverage of international United Nations summits. She won first place in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition, and was the 2017 recipient of the Lillian Smith Writer-in-Service Award. She was also a winner of the 2017 FSU Creative Writing Spotlight Award for Nonfiction.

Feroz Rather

Born and brought up in Kashmir, Feroz Rather received his MFA from Fresno State. He worked with Random House in New Delhi and The Normal School in Fresno and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Creative Writing at Florida State University. His essay, “Poet in Srinagar,” appeared in Mad Heart, Be Brave: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali published by Michigan University Press. The Night of Broken Glass, his novel in stories, will be published by HarperCollins in 2018.

Eric Schlich

Eric Schlich is a third-year doctoral candidate in fiction. He is the Production Editor and Assistant Nonfiction Editor for The Southeast Review. He earned his MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University, where he was the Assistant Fiction Editor for Mid-American Review. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Schlich completed a BA in English and Spanish at the University of Kentucky. He received a Kingsbury Fellowship for the first chapter of his novel-in-progress, Titanic 2.0.

Laura Smith

Laura Smith graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor concentration in Music from Louisiana State University in 2010. She has served as Assistant Nonfiction Editor of The Southeast Review, Managing Editor of Delta Journal, and intern at The Southern Review. Her work has appeared in Mental Floss, the Florida English Journal, DIG magazine, and has been broadcast on Florida's NPR affiliate. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Colby H. Kullman fiction prize by the University of Mississippi in 2013. Her work has been shortlisted by publications like Glimmer Train, and she has been recognized as a notable emerging writer by the Southern Writers Symposium. She holds a certificate in Editing and Publishing and is currently finishing her MFA in fiction at Florida State University.

Cody Smith

Cody Smith is a poetry Ph.D. candidate in Florida State University’s creative writing program. He is the founding editor of The Swamp Magazine and author of the chapbook Delta Summers (Yellow Flag Press, 2017). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Raleigh Review, Louisiana Literature, The Arkansas Review, Pisgah, Permafrost, The McNeese Review, among others.

Danilo John Thomas

Danilo John Thomas is the author of the chapbook The Hand Implements, forthcoming from The Cupboard, November 2017. He is the managing editor for Baobab Press in Reno, NV.

Karen Tucker

Karen Tucker’s fiction has appeared in Epoch, Tin House: The Open Bar, Carve Magazine, American Literary Review, Salamander, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers, the George M. Harper Award for Creative Writing, and a scholarship to Seaside Writer’s Conference. Born and raised in North Carolina, she’s currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State.


Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, PBS NewsHour, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection is Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017); he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry). The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Pushcart Prize, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA program at Randolph College.

Ruth Baumann

Ruth Baumann is a PhD candidate in poetry, & holds an MFA from the University of Memphis. Her first book Parse is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2018. She is the author of three chapbooks: Retribution Binary (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), wildcold (Slash Pines Press, 2016) & I'll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines (Salt Hill, 2016). She won an AWP Intro Journals Project Award in 2014, & poems are published in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, The Journal, Third Coast & others listed at She co-edits Nightjar Review with Tara Mae Mulroy.

Eleanor Mary Boudreau

Eleanor Mary Boudreau's poems can be found in recent issues of FIELD, Copper Nickel, and New American Writing. She has also been published by DIAGRAM and the Denver Quarterly, (among others). Eleanor holds a B.A. in English from Harvard College and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She spent four years working as a reporter for the NPR member-station in Memphis, WKNO-FM, before earning her M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Houston. Currently, Eleanor is thrilled to be working on her Ph.D. at Florida State University.

Maari Carter

Maari Carter is a Ph.D. candidate in Poetry. Her work has appeared in such places as Superstition Review, Bayou Magazine, Salt Hill Journal, and SunDog Lit, among others. She is the recipient of the 2014 Philip Booth Prize for Poetry and a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is currently working on a collection titled Homemade Sin.

Dorothy Chan

Dorothy Chan is the author of Chinatown Sonnets, which was selected by Douglas Kearney as the winner of New Delta Review's 6th Annual Chapbook Contest. She was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship and a 2017 finalist for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press.

William Fargason

William Fargason's poetry has appeared in New England Review, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, The Baltimore Review, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. He received an award from the Academy of American Poets and a scholarship to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He earned a B.A. in English from Auburn University, where he served as poetry editor of The Circle. He earned a M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Maryland, where he taught creative writing. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University. He lives with himself in Tallahassee, Florida.

Tanya Grae

Tanya Grae's poems have recently appeared in AGNI, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Los Angeles Review, Post Road, and elsewhere. Her full-length debut, Undoll (YesYes Books 2019), was a 2017 National Poetry Series finalist, as well as a finalist for seven other book prizes including the 2017 Four Way Levis Prize, 2017 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and the 2016 Brittingham and Pollak Prizes. Her chapbook Lethe (Five Oaks Press 2018) is also forthcoming. She is a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, and in 2016, she won the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Prize. Tanya is a second-year PhD candidate in poetry and holds a dual-genre MFA in poetry and fiction from Bennington College and a BA from Rollins College. Find out more at

Zach Linge

Zach Linge is a first-year Poetry PhD student with a BA in Literature from The University of Texas at Austin (2015) and an MA in Literature from The University of Texas at San Antonio (2017). He was awarded the 2017 Wendy Barker Creative Writing Award and the 2016 Keith Thomas Memorial Scholarship, and was a semi-finalist for the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize. Linge edited volumes XI & XII of Sagebrush Review, and has a scholarly article in [Inter]sections Journal and poetry in Nimrod International Journal, UnLost Journal, and Permafrost Magazine, among other publications.

Daniel Moysaenko

Daniel Moysaenko, recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the author of the chapbook New Animal (H_NGM_N Books, 2015). Other work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Old English Newsletter, Oversound, Pleiades, Rain Taxi, Verse Daily, The Volta, and other journals. After working for the Poetry Foundation, BOMB Magazine, and the jubilat reading series, he is currently pursuing a poetry PhD at Florida State University, where he serves as Book Review Editor of the Southeast Review.

Ӧsel Jessica Plante

Ӧsel Jessica Plante's flash fiction and poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collagist, Best Small Fictions 2016, South Dakota Review, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, Mid-American Review, Minnesota Review, Mississippi Review, New Ohio Review, Rattle, and others. She was a finalist for the 2016 Mississippi Review Prize in poetry, third place in New South Journal’s 2016 Poetry contest, runner-up for the 2017 Meridian Poetry Prize, finalist for the 2017 Passages North Elinor Benedict Prize. She is an Assoc. Poetry Editor at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and completing two book of poetry, 'Waveland', and a novella in verse called, 'Radio Brother'. More about her work can be found at

Jayme Ringleb

Jayme Ringleb’s poems appear recently or are forthcoming in jubilat, Gulf Coast, The Journal, Sixth Finch, The Adroit Journal, At Length, Puerto del Sol,, and elsewhere. He has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and he has received fellowships to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat. Jayme grew up in upstate South Carolina and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.

David Thacker

David Thacker grew up in northern Utah and has taught writing and literature at The University of Idaho and The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. A recipient of the Fredrick Manfred Award from the Western Literature Association, a Pushcart nominee, and a finalist for the Berkshire Prize and the Levis Prize, his poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Ploughshares, Plume, Subtropics, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere. He's a fourth-year PhD candidate in poetry.

Mat Wenzel

Mat Wenzel is a PhD student in Poetry and Queer Studies. He was a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow. His work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Glitterwolf Magazine, Penumbra, Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, Right Hand Pointing, Off the Rocks Anthology, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry, among others. He earned an M.Ed. from Lesley University and an MFA from Ashland Univesity. He currently has 36 stamps in his National Parks Passport.