Published on September 17th, 2018 | by University Communications


Hear from creative writing faculty at Wild Gifts: A Reading

The Department of Language Studies and the Arts is presenting “Wild Gifts: A Reading by Creative Writing Faculty” with Anne Barngrover, Patrick Crerand, Brooke King, Steve Kistulentz, and Gianna Russo, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at  in Selby Auditorium in Lewis Hall.  
Barngrover’s second book of poetry, Brazen Creature, recently was published with University of Akron Press. Her poems and essays can be found in journals such as Copper NickelCrazyhorseEcotone, and River Teeth. Barngrover is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Saint Leo University and lives in Tampa. 
Crerand is the author of The Paper Life They Lead from Arc Pair Press.  His fiction and essays have appeared in New Ohio ReviewNorth American Review, and other magazines.  He lives in Dade City with his wife and three children.
King’s memoir, War Flower: My Life after Iraq, due to be released in March, has been called “a searing and unforgettable journey through death and dying” by Brian Turner and “will leave no reader unmoved, no soul unscathed” by David Abrams. King’s essays and short stories have been published in Prairie SchoonerO-Dark Thirty; War, Literature, and the Arts; and other journals. She has also appeared in anthologies such as It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. Her essay “Redeployment Packing Checklist” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Currently, King teaches as an adjunct professor of English and creative writing at Saint Leo University.
Kistulentz is the author of Panorama, named a most anticipated novel of 2018 by the Chicago Review of Books, and a must read selected by publications as diverse as Entertainment Weekly and the New York Post. He is also the author of two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (2012), an editor’s choice selection in the University of Akron Press Series in Poetry, and The Luckless Age (2010), selected from over 700 manuscripts as the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. He teaches at Saint Leo University, where he serves as the founding director of the graduate creative writing program.
Russo is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower, winner of a Florida Book Award, and two chapbooks, Blue Slumber and The Companion of Joy. She is founding editor of YellowJacket Press, Florida’s premiere publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts. She has published poems in Green Mountains Review, Negative Capability, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, saw palm, The MacGuffinFlorida Review, Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, and Calyx, among others. She was named Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Local Poet in 2017. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Tampa and is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Saint Leo, where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and serves as editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review and director of the Sandhill Writers Retreat. 
For more information, contact Megan Orendorf, administrator of events and special programs for the College of Arts and Sciences, at or (352) 588-8401.
The views expressed during this event are those of the speaker/presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the university.

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