Fiction and Nonfiction

Latifa Ayad is an MFA fiction writer. She received her BA in Creative Writing and French from Florida State University in 2014. Simultaneously a Florida native and a Libyan-American, Latifa explores both identities in her work. Her short fiction is forthcoming in The Normal School, and she is currently at work on her first novel.

Gabrielle Bellot grew up in the Commonwealth of Dominica. She has contributed work to or has work forthcoming in The New York Times, Slate, Guernica, Autostraddle, The Caribbean Review of Books, the blogs of Prairie Schooner and The Missouri Review, and other places, and she was featured on The Butter's 'This Writer's On Fire' column. She is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at Florida State University. She is working on her first novel.

Amy Denham is a first year PhD in Fiction. She is originally from western Kentucky. Amy earned a BA in Literature with a minor in History at the University of Louisville and an MFA in Fiction at Bowling Green State University. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Washington Square Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and the anthology Girls on Fire. She likes all things quippy and desperate.

A New Yorker born in Arizona, Etkin has spent many years living and teaching in the city of her heritage, Istanbul. Her work has been published by Vagabondage Press and The 34th Parallel Magazine. She earned her B.A. from New York University and was a MFA fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Etkin is currently working on her first book, a linked collection of novellas set in the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Jesse Goolsby is the author of the novel I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Fiction Prize and the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction. His stories and essays have recently appeared in Narrative, Epoch, The Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, and The Sycamore Review. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Tennessee, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he loves the mild winters with his wife Sarah and three energetic kids.

Christina Hauser's fiction has appeared in Tin House, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, The L Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, The Laurel Review, SLICE, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Esquire. Her debut novel, THE FROM-AWAYS, will be published by William Morrow in May 2014.

She is the 2010 recipient of McSweeney's Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, and the winner of the 2012 Jaimy Gordon Prize in Fiction and the A Room of Her Own Foundation's Orlando Prize for Fiction. She holds a BA in English from Georgetown University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.

Kate Kimball is a fiction PhD candidate at Florida State University. She received an MFA from Virginia Tech. Her work has appeared in The Hawaii Review, Arcadia, The Chaffey Review, Ellipsis, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Inwood Indiana. She has poems in Poetry in Medicine, essays in Midwest Magazine, and book reviews in Late Night Library, Heavy Feather Review, and Arcadia. She is the Online Editor for The Southeast Review and has a column, "Pursuits of Absolution," in Online Sundries at Arcadia Magazine. She is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Misha Rai is from Haryana, India. Her fiction has appeared in the Indiana Review for which she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has been Assistant Fiction Editor for the Mid-American Review. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Fiction at Florida State University. At present she serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. She is a regular contributor to The Missouri Review blog. She is in the process of writing her debut novel.

Eric Schlich is a third-year doctoral candidate in fiction. He is the Production Editor and Assistant Nonfiction Editor for The Southeast Review. He earned his MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University, where he was the Assistant Fiction Editor for Mid-American Review. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Schlich completed a BA in English and Spanish at the University of Kentucky. He received a Kingsbury Fellowship for the first chapter of his novel-in-progress, Titanic 2.0.

SJ Sindu is a Tamil Sri Lankan American Ph.D. student in Fiction at Florida State University. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, and has served as a judge for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her creative writing has appeared in Brevity, Water~Stone Review, Harpur Palate, The MacGuffin, Black Girl Dangerous, and elsewhere. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Soho Press.

Laura Smith graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor concentration in Music from Louisiana State University in 2010. She has served as Assistant Nonfiction Editor of The Southeast Review, Managing Editor of Delta Journal, and intern at The Southern Review. Her work has appeared in Mental Floss, the Florida English Journal, DIG magazine, and has been broadcast on Florida's NPR affiliate. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Colby H. Kullman fiction prize by the University of Mississippi in 2013. Her work has been shortlisted by publications like Glimmer Train, and she has been recognized as a notable emerging writer by the Southern Writers Symposium. She holds a certificate in Editing and Publishing and is currently finishing her MFA in fiction at Florida State University.

Danilo John Thomas earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama where he served as Fiction Editor for Black Warrior Review, issues 38.1 and 38.2, and taught in Alabama's maximum-security prison systems through a fellowship from the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. He was raised in southwestern Montana and currently lives in Tallahassee, FL, while he pursues a Phd in Creative Writing from Florida State University. AB Gorham Press ( fine letterpress-printed his chapbook Murk, and his stories have been finalists for the Italo Calvino Prize in Fiction and Shenandoah's Bevels Prize in fiction. His work may most recently be found in Waccamaw Journal, apt, Moon City Review, Sleepingfish, Shenandoah, and, Juked, and is forthcoming in Heavy Feather.

Karen Tucker's short fiction has appeared in EPOCH, Salamander, and Carve Magazine; currently, she's grappling with a novel-in-progress. She also serves as Fiction Editor for Orison Books. Born and raised in North Carolina, she holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, has received an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers, and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State.


Kaveh Akbar is the founder and editor of Divedapper, a home for feature interviews with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. His poems are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Narrative, The Adroit Journal, Los Angeles Review, Puerto del Sol, Bennington Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere.

Ruth Baumann is a PhD candidate in poetry, & holds an MFA from the University of Memphis. Her first chapbook, I'll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines, won the Salt Hill Dead Lake Chapbook Contest. Her second chapbook, wildcold, is forthcoming from Slash Pines Press in Spring 2016. She won an AWP Intro Journals Project Award in 2014, & poems are published in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, The Journal, Third Coast & others listed at She once was Managing Editor of The Pinch & thinks it's still a mighty fine journal.

Geoff Bouvier, Ph.D. 2016 – Geoff's first volume of poetry, Living Room, was selected by Heather McHugh as the winner of the 2005 APR/Honickman Prize, and was published by Copper Canyon Press. His second book, Glass Harmonica, appeared in 2011 from Quale Press. In 2009, he served as the Roberta C. Holloway lecturer in poetry at the University of California-Berkeley. He holds an M.F.A. from Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School.

Maari Carter is a Ph.D. candidate in Poetry. Her work has appeared in such places as Superstition Review, Bayou Magazine, Salt Hill Journal, and SunDog Lit, among others. She is the recipient of the 2014 Philip Booth Prize for Poetry and a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is currently working on a collection titled Homemade Sin.

Dorothy Chan was a semi-finalist for the 2015 YesYes Books open reading period. She was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Plume, Spillway, Day One, Ghost Ocean, Connotation Press, and The Great American Poetry Show. In 2012, The Writing Disorder nominated her poem, "Ikebukuro Train Rides" for a Pushcart.

William Fargason's poetry has appeared in New England Review, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, The Baltimore Review, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. He received an award from the Academy of American Poets and a scholarship to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He earned a B.A. in English from Auburn University, where he served as poetry editor of The Circle. He earned a M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Maryland, where he taught creative writing. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University. He lives with himself in Tallahassee, Florida.

Yolanda J. Franklin's work is forthcoming or has appeared in African American Review, Kweli, PMS:poemmemoirstory, Sugar House Review, Crab Orchard Review's American South Issue, The Hoot & Howl of the Owl Anthology of Hurston Wright Writers' Week, SPECS: Journal of Arts & Culture's Kaleidoscopic Points Issue. Her awards include a 2012 Cave Canem fellowship, the 2013 Kingsbury Award, and several scholarships, including a summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Indiana Writer's Week, and Colrain Poetry Manuscript Workshop. Her collection of poems, Ruined Nylons, was a finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Award. She is a graduate of Lesley University's MFA Writing Program and is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University.

Brandi George grew up in rural Michigan. Her first collection of poetry, Gog, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2015. Poems from this manuscript have appeared in such journals as Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Best New Poets 2010, and The Iowa Review. She currently resides in Tallahassee, where she is a PhD candidate at Florida State University, Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing, and editor of The Southeast Review.

Jeff Hipsher is an MFA poet from Houston, TX. He earned his BFA in creative writing from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. His work has previously appeared in or is forthcoming from Phoebe, Forklift : Ohio, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Caketrain, TUBA, TOAD, NAP, Phantom Limb, Leveler and others. He is the founding editor of Catch Up ( ), a journal of comics and literature. With Nick Sturm, he co-curates the independent reading series Dear Marge, Hello.

Anna Claire Hodge is the recipient of the Tennessee Williams Scholarship to Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Willow Springs, diode, and others. Her poems have been anthologized in Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke: Erotic Poems, It Was Written: Poems Inspired by Hip-Hop, and Best New Poets 2013.

Erin Hoover has poems published or forthcoming in The Bennington Review, The Pinch, Prairie Schooner, Sugar House Review, and other journals. Her poem "Girls," originally published in Crab Orchard Review, will be anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2016, and "On the Origin of Species" appeared in Best New Poets 2013. She has received fellowships from Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and Port Townsend Writers' Conference. At Florida State University, Erin has served as the editor in chief of The Southeast Review and as a volunteer for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She is originally from Pennsylvania.

David Thacker is a PhD student specializing in poetry and poetics. A recipient of the Fredrick Manfred Award from the Western Literature Association and the Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Idaho, his poems have appeared, or soon will, in Best New Poets 2015, Ploughshares, Plume, Subtropics, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere.

Jessica Plante is former Poetry Editor of The Greensboro Review. She's earned an MFA from UNC-Greensboro and an MA from Univ. of North Texas. Her poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Poetry Journal, the Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, the minnesota review, New Ohio Review, Salamander, SmokeLong Quarterly and others. Book reviews and interviews can be found at the Collagist, Cosmonauts Avenue, and StorySouth. She is originally from Massachusetts and holds a BA from Lesley University in intercultural studies. Her esthetic and creative interests also include lyric mixed-genre short essays, poem videos, shadow puppetry, printing presses and handmade chapbooks and broadsides, and other cross-genre collaborations with musicians and visual artists. She is also a grant writer and has worked as Board VP of the non-profit publisher Anhinga Press.

Jayme Ringleb grew up in upstate South Carolina and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He holds degrees from the University of South Carolina, the University of Iowa, and the University of Oregon. He is currently a PhD student in poetry at Florida State University. Jayme is the recipient of the University of Oregon's Miriam McFall Starlin Poetry Prize and Karen Jackson Ford Poetry Prize, a Fishtrap Fellowship, and scholarships to the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.