Our Alumni - Their Accomplishments     

Jesse Lee Kercheval, BA 1983 - Poet, essayist, short story writer, and novelist, Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of seven books, including Dog Angel, The Museum of Happiness, Space: A Memoir, and Building Fiction: How to Develop Plot and Structure. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin where she directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

 

Masood Raja, Ph.D. 2006 - Masood joined the English Department of University of North Texas in the fall of 2010. He is the author of Once Upon A Country, a light satire about the leaders, politicians, and generals of a country called Khabistan. His book Constructing Pakistan (Oxford UP) addresses the previously neglected aspect of postcolonial and historical engagement with the creation and construction of Indian Muslim national identity before the partition of India in 1947 and traces the varied Muslim responses to the post 1857 British ascendancy. He has also recently published The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction (McFarland 2011), which examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. In the process, he successfully charts a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory, science fiction, and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the fantastic, while simultaneously expanding the scope of postcolonial discussions.

 

Celia Kingsbury, Ph.D. 2000 - Celia is an Assistant Professor of English at Central Missouri State University. She is the author of The Peculiar Sanity of War: Hysteria in the Literature of World War I which examines the impact of war hysteria on definitions of sanity and on standards of behavior during World War I.

 

Steve Watkins, Ph.D. 1990 - Steve Watkins is author of The Black O: Racism and Redemption in an American Corporate Empire (University of Georgia Press), which won the Virginia College Stores Award for Best Book by a Virginia author, and the story collection My Chaos Theory (Southern Methodist University Press). His stories and articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including North American Review, Quarterly West, The Nation, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He teaches journalism and creative writing at the University of Mary Washington.

 

Tom Hunley, Ph.D. 2003 - Tom is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University and the director of Steel Toe Books (www.steeltoebooks.com). Since leaving FSU, he has had three poetry books published: The Tongue (Wind Publications 2004), Still, There's a Glimmer (WordTech Editions 2004), and My Life as a Minor Character (Pecan Grove Press 2005). His book of essays, Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five Canon Approach, forthcoming from Multilingual Matters LTD. 2007, has been excerpted in The Writer's Chronicle.

 

Rita Mae Reese, M.A. 2003 - Rita has won two AWP Intro Journals Project awards and a Discovery/The Nation award. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Verse Daily, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah and From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction and is working on a novel.

 

Russ Franklin, Ph.D. 2000 - Russ is a Wallace Stegner and a Truman Capote fellow in fiction at Stanford University. His short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Epoch, and Greensboro Review. He is a winner of the Quarterly West, novella competition. His short story "Night Flying" is anthologized in Air Fare: Stories, Poems and Essays on Flight.

 

Charlie Sweet, Ph.D. 1970 - Charlie Sweet, Ph.D., is a Foundation Professor of English and Theatre and Associate Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Eastern Kentucky University. He has co-authored two books on pedagogy, It Works for Me! and It Works for Me, Too!, as well as a collection of mystery stories, Bloody Ground: Stories of Mystery and Intrigue from Kentucky and Private Eyes: A Writer's Guide to Private Investigating.

 

Kim Garcia, M.A. 1996 - Kim Garcia is the recipient of an AWP Intro Writing Award, a Hambidge Fellowship and an Oregon Individual Artist Grant. Her poetry collection Madonna Magdalene was published by Turning Point Books in the fall of 2006. Her work has appeared in The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Atlanta Review, Rosebud, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, Mississippi Review, Brightleaf, Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops, Negative Capability, and Lullwater Review. She currently teaches creative writing at Boston College.

 

Stephen Graham Jones, Ph.D. 1998 - Stephen’s dissertation was his first novel, The Fast Red Road, followed by the books, All the Beautiful Sinners, The Bird is Gone, Bleed Into Me: A Book of Stories, Demon Theory and upcoming in 2008, the novel Ledfeather. His over ninety stories have appeared everywhere, from Writing Fiction to The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. A past NEA Fellow, Texas Writers League Fellow, and winner of the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, Stephen twice won a President's Book award when he was Associate Professor of English at Texas Tech University. He is currently a Professor of English at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

 

Susan E. Colón, Ph.D. 2002 - Dr. Colón was an Associate Professor of Literature in the Honors Program and Associate Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University until her tragic death in 2012. Her research focused on Victorian literature, religion, and ethics, in particular the relationship between theology and literary form. Her last book, Victorian Parables (Continuum, 2012), explored how the synoptic parables are reinscribed in the fiction of Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, and Charlotte Yonge. Colón's first book, The Professional Ideal in Victorian Fiction (Palgrave 2007), considered how Victorian novels theorized, configured, and challenged professional ideals such as autonomy, mentorship, meritocracy, and the service ethic.

 

Erica Cameron, B.S. 2007 - Erica knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn't her best work, but it got her an A. After graduating from FSU, she used her degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology and to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality. She is the author of The Dream War Saga. Her short story "Whatever It Takes" was released within the anthology Doorways to Extra Time (Spencer Hill Press, 2013) and book one of The Dream War Saga, Sing Sweet Nightingale (Spencer Hill Press), was released March 2014.

 

Jack Wang, Ph.D. 2006 - Jack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in New York, where he teaches advanced fiction writing, personal essay, writing the short novel, and the history and theory of the novel. He recently attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference and is currently at work on a novel.

 

Susanna Childress, Ph. D. - Susanna Childress won the Brittingham Poetry Prize for her collection, Jagged with Love (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), chosen by Billy Collins.

 

Denise Du Vernay, M.A. 2002 - Karma Waltonen, M.A. 2001 (Ph.D. UC Davis) - Denise and Karma have co-written a book called The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield (McFarland, 2010). The authors, both of whom have been teaching The Simpsons for over a decade, share exercises, prompts, and even syllabi that have proven successful in their own courses. Denise teaches humanities, speech, and writing at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Karma is a lecturer at the University of California Davis.