Our Alumni - Their Accomplishments     

Glen Retief, Ph.D. - Glen Retief is a South African writer living in Pennsylvania and teaching at Susquehanna University.  His memoir, The Jack Bank, about growing up white and gay in apartheid South Africa, appeared in April 2011 from St. Martin’s Press. Glen holds a B.A. in English and African Studies from the University of Cape Town, an MFA from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Florida State University.  He has held numerous fellowships and awards, including a James Michener Writing Fellowship and Florida State University Fellowship—that university’s most prestigious award for graduate students.


Brandy T. Wilson, Ph.D. 2008 - Brandy T. Wilson, author of The Palace Blues: A Novel (Spinsters Ink 2014), a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Lesbian Fiction, earned her PhD at Florida State University (2008). Her work has appeared in Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You Dream, Ninth Letter, G.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised in the South, and Pank Magazine among other publications. She was a 2010 Lambda Literary Retreat Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow in fiction and was awarded three Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarships, the George M. Harper Endowment Fund Award, and the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist Award. She currently teaches writing, literature, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis along with coaching and editing writers on various projects from memoir, novel, to self-help and educational literature.


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.


Mary Jane Ryals, - Mary Jane Ryals has been the Poet Laureate of Florida's Big Bend Region. Nominated in 2008, Ryals will held the title until 2012. She brings the world of poetry to schools and literary events in Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, and other north Florida counties. Her latest book of poems is The Moving Waters, published by Kitsune Press in 2008. Ryals has also been involved with the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition, Florida State University's Valencia, Spain Study Abroad Program, the Tallahassee Writers' Association Festival of Books, and the literary magazine, Apalachee Review. Mary Jane has also won the 2010 bronze metal from the Florida Book Awards for her novel, Cookie & Me.


Jacob Newberry, Ph.D. - Jacob Newberry received his Ph.D. student in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in Poetry. He has received a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as the University Fellowship from FSU. His poetry and nonfiction have been published or are forthcoming in Granta, The Iowa Review, The Crab Orchard Review, and Rattle, among others. He has an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Mississippi and is currently working on several translation projects. He is also the Poetry Editor for The Southeast Review.


Mya Guarnieri, M.F.A. - Mya Guarnieri is a journalist and writer whose reportage and commentary has appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Foreign Policy, The Boston Review, Al Jazeera English, The National, Outlook India, and Caravan. Her short stories have been published in Narrative and The Kenyon Review; her essays can be found in The Jewish Quarterly, Slate, and Roads & Kingdoms. Her first book, The Unchosen: non-Jews in the Jewish state, offers an intimate look at the lives of African asylum seekers and Southeast Asian migrant workers in Israel. It is forthcoming from Pluto Press.


Micah Dean Hicks, Ph.D. - Micah Dean Hicks is a Calvino Prize-winning author of fabulist fiction. His work has appeared in places like Witness, New Letters, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, and Baltimore Review. His story collection, Electricity and Other Dreams, was recently published by New American Press and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. He received his PhD at Florida State University, focusing on creative writing and fairy tales. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Arkansas Tech University.


Craig Blais, Ph.D. - Craig Blais was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Blais's debut collection of poems, About Crows, has won the Gold Medal in the 2013 Florida Book Awards and the 2013 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. His honors include an AWP Intro Journals Award and a Best New Poets selection. His poems have been published internationally and have appeared in such literary journals as Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, New Orleans Review, New Welsh Review, The Southern Review, and The Yale Review. Blais holds an MFA degree from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He currently lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is Assistant Professor of English at Anna Maria College.


Kerry James Evans, Ph.D. - Kerry James Evans earned a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is the recipient of a 2015 NEA Fellowship, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, and his poems have appeared in Agni, Narrative, New England Review, Ploughshares, and many other journals. He is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon), and he currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at Florida State University.


Jen McClanaghan, Ph.D. - Jen McClanaghan grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut. She earned her undergraduate degree from Antioch College then moved to New York City where she worked in publishing for seven years, including a job as a photo editor for the National Audubon Society Field Guides. She graduated from Columbia University with an MFA (2004) and Florida State University with a PhD (2009). As a resident scholar at The Southern Review, she edited the Spring 2010 Americana issue and taught in LSU's English department. Currently she's an Assistant Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.


Angelina Mirabella, M.A. 2003 - Angelina Mirabella received her Master of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University in 2003. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Mid-American Review, and The Greensboro Review. In 2007, she attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a Tennessee Williams scholar. She lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband and two daughters. The Sweetheart is her first novel.


Michael C. Broome, M.A. 1972 - Dr. Broome is chair of the Columbia College Department of English and where he is the Stackhouse Associate Professor of English. He began his faculty work at the College in 1973. He moved to administration as Associate Dean of the College in 1992 and later as Dean of the Graduate School and Academic Services in 1998. He returned to his faculty work in the Department of English in 2000 and was named department chair in 2004. Dr. Broome’s A.B. in American Literature is from the University of Chattanooga, his M.A. in American Literature is from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. in English Education is from the University of South Carolina. Outside of his love for his chairmanship duties and for teaching Southern literature, world literature, and business writing, Mike enjoys golf, Civil War history, baseball card collecting, and FSU football.


Adam Johnson, Ph.D. 2001 - Adam Johnson (born July 12, 1967) is a Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist and short story writer. He won the Pulitzer for his 2012 novel, The Orphan Master's Son. He is also a professor of English at Stanford University with a focus on creative writing. Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. He earned a BA in Journalism from Arizona State University in 1992; an MFA from the writing program at McNeese State University in 1996; and a PhD in English from Florida State University in 2000.


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.


Todd James Pierce, Ph.D. 2004 - Dr. Todd James Pierce has published multiple books including: Dead Neon (short story anthology), co-edited with Jarret Keene, University of Nevada Press, 2010, Las Vegas Noir (short story anthology), co-edited with Jarret Keene, Akashic Press, 2008, Behind the Short Story (college textbook), co-authored with Ryan Van Cleave, Pearson Longman 2007, Newsworld (short story collection), University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006, Winner of the Drue Heinz Award, The Australia Stories (novel), MacAdam/Cage Publishers, 2003. Individual short stories and poems published in over 70 magazines and journals including American Short Fiction, The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Fiction, Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, Story Quarterly, and Willow Springs, as well as being anthologized in various college- and high-school literature textbooks. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State in 2003 and is currently Co-Director of Creative Writing Program at Cal-poly