1. The Terrible Wife by Terry Thaxton
  2. The Rhetorical Nature of XML by J.D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel
  3. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  4. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  5. According to the Gospel of Haunted Women
  6. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies by Patrick D. Murphy
  7. Rattlesnakes and the Moon by Darlin Neal
  8. Intercultural Communication by Houman Sadri and Madelyn Flammia
  9. The Heaven of Animals by James Poissant
  10. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  11. Drawing on the Victorians, edited by Anna Maria Jones
  12. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  13. People Get Ready by Kevin Meehan
  14. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  15. Writing for the Web: Composing, •Coding, and Constructing Web Sites
  16. Elegant Punk by Darlin Neal
  17. The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown by Mark L. Kamrath
  18. Crossing The Creek by Anna Lillios
  19. Virtual Teams in Higher Education by Flammia
  20. Lizard Man by David James Poissant
  21. Problem Novels by Anna Maria Jones
  22. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  23. Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature by Tison Pugh
  24. Collecte Writings of Charles Brockden Brown edited by Mark L. Kamrath

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Brittney Adams
BA - Technical Communication, 2012
Trinity, FL

Technical Writer (contract) for DCR Workforce at Lockheed Martin

Elena (Ahrens) Rogalle
Winter Park, FL

I currently teach Effective Copywriting in the Media Design Masters of Fine Arts program at Full Sail University and have professional experience in copywriting and graphic design, having worked as a designer, Art Director and Creative Services Manager/Managing Editor in television (PBS), radio

Rhys Alexander
MA - Creative Writing, 2002
Vero Beach, FL

It's amazing how good writing can take you anywhere!

Tanner Anthony
BA - Literature, 2011; MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2013
New York, New York

Tanner is currently a Residence Director at St. John's University in New York City.

Danielle Armstrong
BA - Creative Writing, 2012; MFA - Creative Writing, 2015
Orlando, Florida

Danielle Armstrong completed her MFA in fiction at the University of Central Florida in 2015. There she worked with the Literary Arts Partnership to provide creative writing classes to the community. She received her B.A. in English from Tusculum College in Tennessee. Her fiction is forthcoming in border crossing, riverSedge, and the 2015 Savannah Anthology. She works as a technical writer in Orlando, FL.

Rachel Behr
BA - Literature, 2013
New York, New York

Rachel is currently working in the publishing industry in New York City, after attending NYU's Summer Publishing Institute.

Madison Bernath
BA - Creative Writing, 2010; MFA - Creative Writing, 2014
Orlando, FL/USA

Madison Strake Bernath earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her focus is in creative nonfiction, and she is currently working on a collection of travel essays. Her work can be found at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Drunken Odyssey. Although Madison enjoys the essay and memoir form, she also writes fiction. Madison has worked on various literary magazines. She is currently a reader for Pithead Chapel. Madison has also been an editorial assistant at The Florida Review. This past year, she acted as Graduate Advisor for The Cypress Dome. Aside from that, Madison has been a freelance content writer since 2011.

Vanessa Blakeslee
MA - Creative Writing, 2005
Maitland, Florida

Vanessa Blakeslee's debut short story collection, Train Shots, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in early 2014. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily,The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among many others.

Nathan Bower
BA - Technical Communication, 2008; MA - Technical Communication, 2012
Seattle, WA/USA

Nathan is a Technical Writer for the Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, WA.

Heather (Brangwin) Thein
MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2014
Exton, PA

After completing her MA, Heather taught British Literature at Boone High School. Most recently, she has been teaching composition as an adjunct professor at Cheyney University, the nation's oldest HBCU. Heather will begin her Ph.D. in English at UMASS Amherst in August 2017.

Jen Brunk
MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2012
Orlando, Florida

Professor of English, Valencia College

Allison Bryant
BA - Technical Communication, 2009
Winter Park, FL

Employed with the University of Central Florida. Part-time freelance writer.

John (C.) Herceg
BA - Creative Writing, 2012; BA - Technical Communication, 2000
Orlando, Florida / USA

I enjoyed my time at UCF as an undergrad English student. The faculty and student body were helpful, educated, and motivated me to learn. So I chose UCF as my graduate school and am currently working on a MFA in CRW degree. I also edit for The Faulkner Journal.

Meagan Cahuasqui
BA - Creative Writing, 2013
Hollywood, FL

I'm currently back home working a part-time job while simultaneously submitting poetry to literary journals and blogging for a music website.

Catherine Carson
BA - Creative Writing, 2005; MFA - Creative Writing, 2007
Winter Springs, FL

I teach Creative Writing at a college.

Amanda Chase
BA - Creative Writing, 1994; BA - Technical Communication, 2013
Pinellas Park, Florida

Proposal Writer

Lucia (Chong) Schweitzer
B.A. - English Literature, 2002
Orlando, Florida

Lucia is currently employed with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and worked previously as an in-house copy editor for an educational publisher in Orlando.

Samuel Coniglio
BA - Technical Communication, 1990

Dozen years as as technical writer & editor for aerospace and Silicon Valley tech companies. Changed careers several times, yet tech communication used in every job! Currently freelance Apple IT Consultant and Technical Trainer. Hobbies: photographer, artist, Maker, robot-builder, inventor, “maven”, retro-futurist, social media wiz.

Jaclyn (Elgeness) Gardiakos
MFA - Creative Writing, 2011
Orlando, FL

Currently Senior Editor at Tupperware U.S. & Canada.

Bryce Emley
BA - Creative Writing, 2011
Gallup, New Mexico

Bryce is a freelance writer/editor and has served on-staff with The Florida Review, H_NGM_N, and BULL. His writing can be found in/on Salon.com, The Cortland Review, The Pinch, Pleiades, Yemassee, and other places; he also writes regularly for Matador Network and his blog, advertventures.wordpress.com

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Jarad Fennell
MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2007
Wesley Chapel, FL

ABD Doctoral student at USF.

Lana Ghannam
BA - Creative Writing, 2012; MFA - Creative Writing, 2015
Orlando, FL

Lana Ghannam is currently an adjunct for UCF. Her work has appeared in/is forthcoming in Foothill: a journal of poetry, Mississippi Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Five 2 One Magazine, Red Booth Review, Sukoon, and The Cape Rock.

Hillary Goldman
BA - Creative Writing, 2012
Pembroke Pines, FL

I'm currently in my second year of law school at Nova Southeastern University's Law School in south Florida. I have one more year until I sit for the Bar Exam. I am also working on my first seminar paper that will hopefully be published by the Spring or Summer of 2014.

Tara (Harris) Mixon
BA - Creative Writing, 2015
Apopka, FL

Director at The New School of Art and Expression

Ryan Haskins
BA - Creative Writing, 2010; MFA - Creative Writing, 2013
Boston, MA

Director of Training and Quality Improvement at a human services agency providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

John Hughes
BA - Creative Writing, 2014
Deltona, FL

I'm currently teaching journalism at a central Florida high school and sometimes freelance as a superhero for the Justice League of America. When not thwarting the forces of evil, I like to write and discuss anything worth speaking about.

Ashley Inguanta
MFA - Creative Writing, 2011
orlando, FL

Ashley Inguanta is the Art Director of SmokeLong Quarterly, and her first collection, The Way Home, is out with Dancing Girl Press. Her new collection of poetry and photographs, For The Woman Alone, was recently released with Ampersand Books in June. She has translated both books into live performances. Ashley also loves to stand in the rain.

Kaley Jowers
BA - Literature
Chicago, IL

Currently teaching English at Eric Solorio Academy H.S. in Chicago, IL through Teach for America

Steph Jurusz
BA - Creative Writing, 2012
Chicago, Il

Steph is currently pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction at Columbia College in Chicago where she currently serves as the graduate student ambassador for her program.

Michael Kellen
BA - Creative Writing, 2002
Ocoee, Florida

I teach high school English at Wekiva High School and serve as department chairperson.

Rachel Kolman
MFA - Creative Writing, 2012
Orlando, FL

Rachel Kolman currently is the Creative Coordinator for Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures, a coffee shop in the Waterford Lakes Area. She also writes online for various blogs and a satire website. Rachel's fiction has been published in WhiskeyPaper, Em Dash Magazine, and won the Unmanned Press's Short Story of the Month contest.

Robin Koman
MFA - Creative Writing, 2008
Winter Park, FL

Robin is currently the Department Chair of the Game Design Master of Science program at Full Sail University. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American voices, Robin's work can be found in Vestal Review, Fiction Southeast, and is forthcoming in Duende.

Jonathan Kosik
MFA - Creative Writing, 2011
Madison, TN

Currently living in Nashville, TN. I am working on a novel and continue to write short stories. I teach film and writing classes when I can find them.

Alan LaCerra
MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2007; BA - Creative Writing, 2004
Winter Springs, Florida

When Alan LaCerra isn't teaching composition or taking Professional Development courses at Valencia College, he's usually helping babysit his sister's toddlers. His poetry has appeared in Voices Literary Magazine, The Surface, and Fickle Muses.

Jacob Lusk
BA - Creative Writing, 2008
Jacksonville, Florida

Currently teaching English (both middle school and college level) and working on being a film critic. I write movie reviews at www.pannedreview.com.

Jaclyn (Mallan) King
MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2007; BA - Literature, 2005
Longwood, FL

Jackie graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2005 with her Bachelor's degree in English-Literature and a minor in Philosophy. She earned her Master's degree in Literature in 2007 and met her husband, Lance, in the program. Jackie taught English and Humanities at UCF and currently teaches online at Valencia College. She and Lance have one son, Julian.

Rudy McDaniel
Ph.D. - Texts and Technology, 2004; MA - Technical Communication, 2001
Oviedo, FL

Associate Professor of Digital Media, UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.

Raymond McKee
BA - Creative Writing, 2009; MFA - Creative Writing, 2014
Orlando , Florida

Shawn earned an MFA in Creative Writing from UCF after years of part-time work as a rodeo clown. He is currently working as a writer, editor, and content manager for an Orlando-based publishing company. He has been an editorial assistant for the Florida Review, and had work published in the Cypress Dome. He will always treasure his time at UCF.

Georgeann (McNatt) Gosch
BA - Literature, 2013
Oviedo, FL

Executive Assistant to the UCF Directors of Development for the UCF Foundation in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida.

Cortni Merritt
BA - Literature, 2012
Orlando, FL

Freelance writer/editor for fiction and nonfiction in Orlando. I love working with writers from anywhere! Free sample edit for custom estimate. Published poet. First collection coming 2019. On IG: @shylarosedreams

Lou Mindar
MFA - Creative Writing, 2015
Casselberry, FL - Florida

Lou Mindar is a writer and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University and the University of Central Florida.

Tara Mixon
BA - Creative Writing, 2015
Apopka, Florida

Tara teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts/Journalism. Her collection of short stories will be published in 2016.

Jane Moody
Ph.D. - Texts and Technology, 2011
Palm Bay, Florida

Currently an Instructor with the English Department/Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at UCF.

Amanda (Mullis) Mapstone
BA - Literature, 2013
Mount Dora, FL

Senior Account Manager with Arthur J. Gallagher, Risk Management Services in Orlando, FL. Recently accepted to the M.A. Creative Writing Program at Southern New Hamphire University, in addition to submitting poetry to various outlets.

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Shelby Nathanson
BA - Literature, 2014
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts/USA

After escaping the gross humidity of Florida, Shelby is currently pursuing her MA in Publishing at Emerson College. She is currently interning for Harvard Education Publishing Group in their circulation department. She will probably flock to Florida during the harsh Massachusetts winters.

Lila Nolin
BA - Creative Writing, 2012
Ankara, Turkey

I work as an English teacher at Middle Eastern Technical University Foundation's Private Middle School in Ankara, Turkey. I have been living in Ankara since February 2012.

Brittany O'Neill
BA - Technical Communication, 2014
Naples, FL

Brittany O'Neill is currently the Librarian for Outreach, Instruction, and Usability at Hodges University in Naples and Fort Myers, FL. Previously, she worked in Database Maintenance for Barry University School of Law in Orlando.

Stephanie Pando
BA - Creative Writing, 2012
Somerville, Massachusetts

Currently pursuing her MA in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Michele (Parker) Randall
MA - Creative Writing, 2002; BA - Technical Communication, 1998
Sanford, Florida

MFA New England College Author of Museum of Everyday Life (Kelsay Books, 2015), her work has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Smartish Pace, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been a finalist for multiple prizes, among them, the Peter Meinke Poetry Prize and the Beulah Rose Poetry Prize. She teaches at Stetson University.

Brittany (Parkhurst) Roberts
BA - Literature, 2005
Davie, FL

Brittany Roberts graduated with a B.A. in English, summa cum laude from UCF in 2005. She received her Master's in English with a specialization in Victorian Literature in 2007 from the University of Florida, and she is now finishing her doctorate there. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Broward College (tenure track).

Stephanie Pego
BA - Literature, 2013
Largo, Florida

Stephanie is currently a freelance writer based out of Tampa Bay, FL, and is searching for opportunities to combine her passion for environmental and wildlife conservation with writing. Her dream job would be writing for a magazine such as National Geographic that spans a wealth of innovative topics and ideas where she could always be learning.

Kelly Pepperman
BA - Literature
Orlando, FL

Kelly is currently a News Producer at WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando.

Jeannina Perez-Harrington
BA - Literature, 2008; MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2010
Silver Spring, MD

I am a Campaign Fellow with MomsRising.org who focuses on social media and story collection. I am also a co-founder of the Athena Society, serve on the advisory panel of MissHeard Magazine, and write about the well-being and economic security of women and girls.

Michelle Pigott
BA - Literature, 2008
Atlanta, Georgia

Social Media Strategist

Abby Rex
BA - Literature, 2011

Currently works for Brevard Public Schools' Dept. of Community Relations. Largely involved in the writing, editing and proofing of four circulating newsletters, creates web content and engages in community outreach initiatives.

Judith Roney
BA - Creative Writing, 2012; MFA - Creative Writing, 2015
Merritt Island, Florida

Judith Roney's poetry collection, “According to the Gospel of Haunted Women” received the 2015 Pioneer Prize, and publication. A memoir piece, “My Nickname was Frankenstein,” is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches poetry at The University of Central Florida.

Jessica Ryan
BA - Creative Writing, 2007; MFA - Creative Writing, 2009
Oviedo, Florida

Jessica is currently a Business Development Analyst for Sodexo, an international company that promotes quality of life. She writes proposals to implement Sodexo's various services at college campuses.

Leslie Salas
MFA - Creative Writing, 2013
Orlando, FL

Leslie Salas is an Associate Course Director at Full Sail University. She also serves as an assistant editor for The Florida Review, assistant editor of graphic nonfiction for Sweet: A Literary Confection, a regular contributing artist for SmokeLong Quarterly, and as a weekly columnist for The Drunken Odyssey.

Lacey Schultz
BA - Creative Writing, 2012; MFA - Creative Writing, 2014
Mims, FL/USA

Worked as a GTA from Fall 2013 to Spring 2014 at UCF. Currently seeking employment at a college/university and getting published with "The Writer's Chronicle."

Stephanie (Self) Lachapelle
BA - Literature, 2018
Jacksonville, FL

Stephanie Lachapelle is attending grad school at UNF and is the publisher and prose editor of Longleaf Review, an online literary journal featuring fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Jude (Sell) Roney
BA - Creative Writing, 2012
Merritt Island, Florida

Jude Roney has had both poetry and fiction published in First Wednesday, All Things Girl, Gambling the Aisle, and Zaum. She is currently a second-year MFA student at the University of Central Florida, and works as a GTA creative writing instructor in conjunction with the Orange County program, Wraparound Orange.

Anna Sezonenko
MA - Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, 2009
Orlando, fl

Anna teaches Composition I and II, as well as World Literature I and II courses at Valencia College.

Heather Startup
Ph.D. - Texts and Technology, 1996; BA - Creative Writing, 2007

After graduating from UCF, I earned my MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University. I currently teach composition and developmental English at Florida Hospital's College, and I caption classes for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at UCF. My writing has appeared in several publications, including The Copperfield Review.

Jonathan (JT) Torres
BA - Creative Writing, 2008
Pullman, WA

Pursuing a PhD at Washington State University. I am also a published writer and lived in Alaska, where I was an assistant professor at University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Dianne (Turgeon) Richardson
MFA - Creative Writing, 2014
Orlando, FL

Summer gig waiting tables at Cask & Larder in Winter Park, FL. Paperwork in progress for a fall gig.

Genevieve Tyrrell
MFA - Creative Writing, 2013
Oviedo, FL

Hugo Villabona
BA - Literature, 2011
Miami, FL

Hugo Villabona works as a technical writer for Corporate Financial & as a freelance contributor to Living Social. He recently completed his debut novel: A Portrait of the Manic Clown, which has been submitted for review to a variety of publishers. He is currently participating in the University of Miami’s: Post Graduate Fellowship Grant.

Vance Voyles
Canton, OH

Vance Voyles work has been featured in Creative Nonfiction’s anthology—"True Crime: Real-life Stories of Grave-robbing, Identity Theft, Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, and More"—as well as Burrow Press Review, Pithead Chapel, J Journal and Rattle Magazine.

Chris Wiewiora
BA - Creative Writing, 2010
Ames, IA

Earned his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University where he managed Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. His writing has been anthologized in Best Food Writing 2013 and cited as "notable" in Best American Sports Writing 2011 and 2014. He serves on the editorial board of BULL: Men’s Fiction.

Sarah (Wilkening) Hartung
BA - Literature, 2008
St Louis, Missouri

MA in Counseling. Practicing therapist, focusing on trauma, PRSD, eating disorders. Traded exploration of fictional stories for real stories.

Sara Williamson
New York, NY

Sara is currently Director of Research and Technology at a legal recruiting firm in New York City. In her free time she studies computer programming and writes short freeform roleplaying games. One of her games, Group Date, was selected as a winner of the 2014 Golden Cobra Challenge.

Stephanie Worley
BA - Literature, 2013
Jacksonville, FL

Stephanie is currently a Report Reviewer for Accordia Global Compliance Group. Accordia provides audit services for North American brands to ensure that ethical standards are enforced in the factories used to manufacture their products.

Nour Zikra
BA - Creative Writing, 2014
Orlando, Florida

I currently work as a content writer at a marketing agency called TCDG Studios. At the same time, I am an author.

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