Published on March 24th, 2022 | by University Communications


Join us for Wild Gifts: A Reading by Creative Writing Faculty on March 30

Please join the Department of Language Studies and the Arts as it presents the annual Wild Gifts Reading at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library.

Creative writing faculty members Dr. Anne Barngrover, Dr. Patrick Crerand, Dr. Steve Kistulentz, and Gianna Russo will read selections of their work.

Anne Barngrover’s third book of poetry, Everwhen, is forthcoming with University of Akron Press in 2023. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing, and she is on faculty for the low-residency master’s program in Creative Writing. She lives in Tampa.

Patrick Crerand has taught writing and literature at Saint Leo for the past 13 years. His stories and essays have appeared in HAD, Hobart, Flyway, New Ohio Review, North American Review, and other magazines. In 2018, Arc Pair Press released a collection of his short stories entitled, The Paper Life They Lead. He lives in Dade City with his wife and children.

Steve Kistulentz is the author of three collections of poetry, The Mating Calls of the Dead (2021), Little Black Daydream (2012) and The Luckless Age (2010). His narrative nonfiction—mostly on the subject of popular culture—has appeared widely in journals. He is also the author of the acclaimed novel Panorama (Little, Brown & Co., 2018) and he has written for television. He serves as poet laureate of Safety Harbor, Florida. He holds degrees from the College of William and Mary, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Florida State University. His other honors include the Benjamin Saltman Award for The Luckless Age, as well as fellowship support from Writers at Work, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an individual award from the Mississippi Arts Commission, and from Creative Pinellas. He has taught at the Johns Hopkins University; the University of Iowa, where he was the Joseph and Ursil Callan Scholar; and the Florida State University, where he was an Edward and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellow for Excellence in Thought; Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and the University of Tampa. Currently, he serves as the founding director of the graduate program in creative writing at Saint Leo University.

Gianna Russo is the inaugural Wordsmith of  the city of Tampa, appointed by Mayor Jane Castor in 2019. She is the author of the poetry collections, All I See is Your Glinting: 90 Days in the Pandemic, with photographer Jenny Carey (Madville Publishing, 2022); One House Down (Madville Publishing, 2019); and Moonflower, winner of a Florida Book Award. She has published poems in Green Mountains Review, Gulf Stream, Negative Capability, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, saw palm, The MacGuffin, Florida Review, Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, and Calyx, among others. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Saint Leo University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses, directs the Sandhill Writers Retreat and serves as editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review, the university’s literary magazine. She is Saint Leo’s inaugural poet-in-residence for the College of Arts and Sciences and scholarly journal Rebus.

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