1. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  2. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  3. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  4. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  5. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
Department of English Graduate Programs
David James Poissant

David James Poissant, Ph.D.

David James Poissant is the author of THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS: STORIES (Simon & Schuster, 2014), longlisted for the PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, PloughsharesThe Southern Review, and in several anthologies, including New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices. He is a winner of the Playboy College Fiction Contest, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the Matt Clark Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. Currently, he is at work on a novel, also forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.


  • Ph.D. in English & Comparative Literature from University of Cincinnati (2011)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Arizona (2007)
  • B.A. in English from Berry College (2001)

Research Interests

  • Fiction Writing
  • The Short Story
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy

Selected Publications


  • THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS (Simon & Schuster) March, 2014


  • “The Story of a Year,” Ecotone, Spring, 2015

  • “Ten Books That Changed Your Life? The New List Trend,” The Good Men Project, September

    15, 2014

  • “On ‘Leaves,’ a Consideration of Happiness, Righteousness, and Grace (with Digressions),” The

    John Updike Review, Vol. 3, No.1, Spring 2014

  • “I Want to Be Friends With Republicans,” The New York Times, November 3, 2013

  • “Fish, Girls, Flight,” Sundog Lit, February, 2013

  • “The Ecstatic: On Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods,” Tin House, online, November 16, 2011

Creative Publications

  • Forthcoming "The Baby Directs Brahms," The Southern Review
  • Forthcoming "Tornado," Glimmer Train
  • "The History of Flight," Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres
  • “Refund,” One Story Collected
  • “Lorelei,” Southern Indiana Review
  • “Stealing Orlando,” Newfound Journal
  • "Flight Patterns," Post Road
  • “A Boyfriend, Obamacare, a Cat,” Post Road
  • "Nathan," The Chattahoochee Review
  • "Missed Connection," Columbia
  • "Zugzwang," Tweeds
  • “Amputee,” Glimmer Train
  • “The Fox King,” Surreal South 2013
  • “The History of Flight,” The Pinch
  • “The Shape of Sleep,” Altered Scale
  • “The End of Aaron,” Chicago Tribune: Printer’s Row
  • “Monkey See,” Ploughshares
  • “The Collector of Thoughts,” Gulf Coast
  • “Lake,” Beloit Fiction Journal
  • “The Hand Model,” Hayden’s Ferry Review
  • “Last of the Great Land Mammals,” Washington Square
  • “Black Ice,” Freight Stories
  • “Nudists,” Five Chapters
  • “Wake the Baby,” American Literary Review
  • "First, Do No Harm," "Obituary," "Werewolf," Copper Nickel
  • "Away," 15 Views of Orlando
  • “Box of Rain,” Sawmill Magazine
  • “The Fox King,” The Fairy Tale Review
  • “The Baby Glows,” New Stories from the Midwest 2011
  • “The Disappearing Boy,” The Good Men Project
  • Lizard Man, Winner: RopeWalk Press Fiction Chapbook Prize
  • "Refund," One Story
  • "How to Help Your Husband Die," Notre Dame Review
  • "100% Cotton," The Southern Review
  • "Lake in Winter," Iron Horse Literary Review
  • "The Cost of Living," The Mississippi Review
  • "Measuring the Drop," The Greensboro Review
  • “This is My Body,” The Pinch
  • “Between the Teeth,” Press 53 Awards Anthology
  • “Between the Teeth,” What Doesn’t Kill You
  • "The Heaven of Animals," The Atlantic
  • “The Baby Glows,” The Southern Review
  • "The Caterer," New Delta Review
  • “What the Wolf Wants,” West Branch
  • “Lizard Man,” Best New American Voices 2010
  • “First Love,” Southern Indiana Review
  • “Lizard Man,” New Stories from the South 2008
  • “Lizard Man,” Playboy
  • “Venn Diagram,” Best New American Voices 2008
  • “Knockout,” Redivider
  • “The Geometry of Despair,” The Chicago Tribune
  • “Between the Teeth,” Willow Springs
  • “Cooking Lessons,” The Chattahoochee Review


Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Long List, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

Winner, 2015 GLCA New Writers Award

Silver Medal, Florida Books Awards

An Amazon 2014 Best Book of the Year

An Amazon 2014 Top Twenty Story Collection of the Year

Best Short Story Collection of 2014, Tweed’s Magazine

9 Best Books of 2014, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2014

Out Now Pick, The Washington Post, 2014

Must-Read Pick, New York Post, 2014

The Kirkus Star: “Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit,” Kirkus Reviews, 2014

Most Anticipated Books of 2014, The Millions

D.H. Lawrence Fellow, Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, 2015

Walter E. Dakin Fellow, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2014

Teaching Fellow, Wesleyan Writers Conference, 2014

Scholar, Tin House Summer Writer’s Conference, 2013

In-House Research Award, UCF Office of Research & Commercialization, 2012-2013

Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Fiction, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2012

Notable Story of 2011, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

Recommended Reading: “Nudists,” The Millions, November 11, 2012

Winner, RopeWalk Press Fiction Chapbook Prize, 2011

Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011

Finalist, The Micro Award, 2011

Third Prize, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2010

Winner, Regional Literature Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters, 2010

Winner, Alice White Reeves Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters, 2010

Second Place, Hatfield/Westheimer Short Story Prize, 2010

Winner, Matt Clark Prize, New Delta Review, 2010

Finalist, Mississippi Review Prize, 2010

Finalist, Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, Gulf Coast, 2009

Distinguished Mystery Story of 2007, Best American Mystery Stories 2008

Winner, Playboy College Fiction Contest, 2007

Winner, AWP Quickie Contest, Redivider, 2007

Second Prize, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2006

Runner-Up, Nelson Algren Award, The Chicago Tribune, 2006

Winner, George Garrett Fiction Award, Willow Springs, 2006


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10737 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face2Face W 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10448 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face2Face Tu 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online

CRW 6025 is a graduate-level fiction workshop course in which you will write new stories or novel chapters. Additionally, you will revise one of these. Stories will be read and critiqued for structure and style. We will comment on each other’s work and aim to grow as writers and critics of fiction. This course is also designed to broaden your literary aesthetic, cracking open what you think of as your voice and tugging at you to try new things in your writing.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91270 CRW6976 Scholarship Publication Models Face2Face Tu,Th 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
CRW 6976 is the MFA Scholarship & Publication Models course available to students in the first, second, or third years of their creative writing graduate classes. The course will serve as a specialization and professionalization study with units on the academic job market (job applications, writing job letters, CV preparation); publishing creative work (cover letters, agent and publisher query letters, manuscript preparation, the literary marketplace); publishing or preparing other work (craft essays and conference papers); book reviewing (reading, writing, and submitting reviews of new and forthcoming work); the literary landscape (topics, trends, forms, and authors to watch now and in the coming years); literary conference, panel, and reading series organization and implementation; pedagogy (syllabus and course design); and more. Students will devise short and long-term strategies to support themselves and their art.

Updated: Sep 29, 2015

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