Graduate Student Profiles

Bridget Adams

Bridget Adams has been published in The Sun, Willow Springs, Hobart, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, where she was the winner of a Devine Fellowship and Fiction Editor at Mid-American Review. She is currently a PhD student at FSU.

Fatima Jamal Alharthi

Fatima Jamal Alharthi is pursuing her PhD in Fiction at Florida State University. She received her master's degree from the University of Sydney in 2012, and earned her BA in English from Taibah University, Saudi Arabia in 2008. Her fiction can be found on Smokelong Quarterly, Every Day Fiction, Flyleaf Journal, Garfield Lake Review and Santa Ana River Review, among others.

Will Anderson

Will Anderson received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Afterwards, he worked in the timber industry for a time and taught high school English before returning to FSU to pursue his MFA. His work has appeared most recently in Entropy Magazine and Book XI.

Laura Biagi

Laura Biagi is a PhD student in Fiction at FSU, where she is Associate Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review and Event Coordinator for the Graduate English Student Organization. She received her MFA from the University of Houston, where she was Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast. Previously, she worked as a Literary Agent in New York, where she sold New York Times bestselling titles. She is originally from small-town Kentucky.

Eleanor Mary Boudreau

Eleanor Boudreau is a poet who has worked as a dry-cleaner and as a radio reporter. Her first book, Earnest, Earnest? (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House, Barrow Street, Waxwing, Willow Springs, FIELD, Copper Nickel, and other journals. Currently, she is a Kingsbury Graduate Fellow at Florida State University where she is finishing her Ph.D.

Dorsey Craft

Dorsey Craft is the author of Plunder (Bauhan 2020), winner of the 2019 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize, and The Pirate Anne Bonny Dances the Tarantella (CutBank 2020). Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Daily, Southern Indiana Review and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from McNeese State University and a BA in English from Clemson University. Dorsey serves as a Poetry Editor at Southeast Review.

Daniel Galef

Daniel Galef is a first-year MFA student and Associate Poetry Editor of Able Muse. His fiction has been published in Juked, Rivet, Barnhouse, and the American Bystander, among others; his poems have been published in Measure, The Lyric, First Things, and Philosophy Now, among others. He also writes nonfiction, humor, and plays. His story “Break Blow Burn” published last year in Juked has just been awarded a spot in the 2020 Best Small Fictions anthology.

Tanya Grae

Tanya Grae is author of the debut Undoll (YesYes Books 2019), winner of the Julie Suk Award and a Florida Book Award. A National Poetry Series finalist, she was selected for Best New Poets 2019 and is the recipient of a Kingsbury Fellowship, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Kerouac Residency, and the Tennessee Williams Poetry Prize, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in journals, including Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and The Massachusetts Review. She is a PhD candidate in poetry and creative nonfiction.

Iain Grinbergs

Iain Grinbergs is a PhD student in Creative Writing. He spent his childhood in England and adolescence in the Florida panhandle. He’s a former middle school teacher and went on to teach at the University of Alabama, American University, Northern Virginia Community College. He holds an MA in English from the Univ. of Alabama and a BA in English from Florida State. You can find his poetry and fiction in Furtive Dalliance Literary Review. When he’s not writing, teaching, and reading, he’s watching British cooking shows while his cat screams at him.

Amanda Hadlock

Amanda Hadlock is an MFA candidate in fiction. She is originally from Missouri. She received her MA in English from Missouri State University, where she also worked as the Graduate Assistant for Moon City Review. Her fiction, nonfiction, and graphic narrative work has appeared in journals such as The Florida Review, Hobart, Wigleaf, New Limestone Review, Past Ten, The Lindenwood Review, Esthetic Apostle, and others.

Liesel Hamilton

Liesel Hamilton is a PhD candidate in nonfiction writing and holds an MFA from George Mason University. She is the author of Wild South Carolina (Hub City Press, 2016) and has been published in Catapult, The Normal School, and Audubon, among other publications. She has received fellowships from George Mason University and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center.

Brett Hanley

Brett Hanley is a third-year PhD student in Poetry and a Poetry Editor for Southeast Review. She holds an MFA from McNeese State. Her work is forthcoming or has recently been published in River Styx, Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Yemassee, the minnesota review, Juked, Crab Creek Review, Underblong, North American Review, and Hotel Amerika. Her chapbook, Defeat the Rest, is forthcoming from American Poetry Journal.

Rebecca Holcomb

Rebecca Holcomb is pursuing an MFA in nonfiction. She likes to write about place, transience, and the dynamics of family.

Alex Jaros

Alex Jaros received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 2015, where he was a Follett Fellowship recipient. He earned his BA in English from the University of Missouri in 2011. His work can be found in Narrative Magazine, 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.

Melvin Li

Melvin Li is a first-year PhD student in Fiction at Florida State University, where he has been awarded a Legacy Fellowship. He received a BA in English with a minor in Asian American Studies from Cornell University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.

Zach Linge

Zach Linge is a PhD candidate in Poetry and the Editor-in-Chief of the Southeast Review. Linge’s publications include poems in/coming at AGNI, Best New Poets, New England Review, Poetry, and elsewhere, and refereed articles in such places as African American Review. Linge’s previous or additional positions include Assistant Editor and Online Editor of the Southeast Review, Managing Editor of Sagebrush Review, summer mentor for The Adroit Journal, first reader for CLMP’s Firecracker Award, and peer reviewer for The Explicator.

Brandi Nicole Martin

Brandi Nicole Martin’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Bennington Review, Crazyhorse, Redivider, and At Length, among others. She is pursuing her PhD in poetry at Florida State University.

Clancy McGilligan

Clancy McGilligan is the author of the novella History of an Executioner, winner of the 2019 Novella Prize from Miami University Press. His short fiction has appeared in Cimarron Review, Slice Magazine, Sycamore Review, Santa Monica Review, Columbia Journal, Wigleaf and elsewhere, and his nonfiction has appeared in publications such as USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, the Ploughshares blog and Kirkus Reviews. Currently he’s a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Florida State University. He also serves as the Reviews/Interviews Editor at Split Lip Magazine. He’s online at

Keri Miller

Keri Miller is pursuing an MFA in fiction. She received her BA in creative writing from the University of Florida. Her novel-in-progress addresses the rapid transformation of her rural Florida hometown into the nation’s largest retirement community. In the spring of 2020, Keri placed second in the graduate school’s Masters in Four competition. You can read some of her fiction and reviews in TEA Literary and Arts Magazine, The Southeast Review, and the Tallahassee Democrat. She is an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine.

Aram Mrjoian

Aram Mrjoian is a writer, editor, instructor, and PhD candidate at Florida State University. He is an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books, the Southern Review of Books, and the Southeast Review, as well as the managing editor at TriQuarterly. His writing has appeared in Cream City Review, Boulevard, Gulf Coast online, The Rumpus, The Millions, Hayden's Ferry Review, Longreads, Joyland, and many other publications. He earned his MFA in creative writing at Northwestern University. He is currently at work editing an anthology of diasporic Armenian voices to be published by University of Texas Press in spring 2022. Find his work at

Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy is a PhD student in Poetry originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington and received her BS from Berry College. Her work has recently been featured in Nelle and Palaver.

T. Dallas Saylor

T. Dallas Saylor is a second-year PhD student in poetry, & he holds an MFA from the University of Houston. His work meditates on the body, especially gender and sexuality, against physical, spiritual, and digital landscapes. His poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Colorado Review, Christianity & Literature, PRISM international, and elsewhere.

Daniel Sutter

Daniel Sutter is currently pursuing a PhD in fiction at Florida State University and holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. His work can be found in The Carolina Quarterly, BOOTH, Fugue, Fiction Southeast, and has been named a finalist for the Iowa Review Award in Fiction, among others. He is from Tampa, Florida.


KT studied narrative medicine & specialized in poetry in the Creative Writing and Writing for Performing Arts MFA at the University of California, Riverside where she served as poetry editor for Santa Anna River Review. She is currently a second-year PhD student at Florida State University where she specializes in poetry and serves as book reviews editor for Southeast Review. Her work is included or forthcoming in Peripheries, Foothill Journal, New Limestone Review, Peacock Journal, Southern Women's Review, The McNeese Review, Turtle Island Quarterly & White Stag Journal.