2016 Visiting Writers and Residency Guests

Marine Corps veteran Tracy Crow is Tracy -Crow -bio -photo the author of the award-winning, critically acclaimed military memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine; the novel, An Unlawful Order  under her pen name Carver Greene; the new breakthrough text, On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story; and the anthology, Red, White, and True: Stories from Veterans and Families, WWII to Present. Her latest project—a military-themed nonfiction book that reveals the true stories of women in combat since the American Revolution—will be released in March. Tracy, an award-winning military journalist, enlisted in the Marines in 1977 and served primarily in public affairs as a combat correspondent. During her ten-year military career, she received two meritorious promotions, two Good Conduct Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and numerous writing and photography awards. After the Marines, she completed her education, earning an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. As an assistant professor of journalism and creative writing, Tracy taught at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, and Eckerd College in Florida.

Jesse Goolsby  is the author of I’d Walk with My Jesse -Goolsby Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), winner of the Florida Book Award for Fiction and long-listed for the Flaherty-Duncan First Novel Prize. His fiction and essays have appeared widely, including The Literary Review, EPOCH, The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, and Pleiades. He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Short Story Prize, the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction, and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. A U.S. Air Force officer, Goolsby earned a PhD in English from Florida State University and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Tom Piazza is celebrated both as a novelist and as a writer on American music. His twelve books include the novels A

Tom -PiazzaFree State  and City Of Refuge, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, and Devil Sent The Rain, a collection of his essays and journalism. He was a principal writer for the innovative HBO drama series TREME, and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other periodicals. He lives in New Orleans.

Gianna Russo is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower  (Kitsune Books, 2011), winner of a Florida Book Awards bronze medal, and two chapbooks, Blue Slumber  (YellowJacket Press,

Gianna -Russo2006) and The Companion of Joy  (Green Rabbit Press, 2014).  Ms. Russo is founding editor of YellowJacket Press, currently Florida’s only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts. She has published poems in Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, Florida Review, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, saw palm, Kestrel, Water-Stone, The MacGuffin, and Calyx, among others She teaches at Saint Leo University, where she is editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review  and director of the Sandhill Writers Retreat. 


Seth Brady Tucker  is a poet and fiction writer originally from Lander, Wyoming. His first book won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize (Mormon Boy), and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. His second book won the Gival Press Poetry Award (We Deserve the Gods We Ask For) and went on to win the Eric Hoffer Book Award. He has led poetry and fiction workshops for graduate and undergraduate students alike, and is currently an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Mines. Seth is also the founder and co-director of the Seaside Writers’ Conference (which takes place annually in May), and volunteers his time teaching veterans and veteran caretakers through the Writers’ Guild (East)/Wounded Warrior Project. Seth has been an editor for a number of different literary journals, and is currently a senior editor at the Tupelo Quarterly Review.Tucker

Recently, his fiction won the Bevel Summers Fiction Prize from Shenandoah and a Flash Fiction Award from Literal Latte, and he was also a finalist for the Jeff Sharlet Award from the Iowa Review, the Lamar York Nonfiction Prize from the Chattahoochee Review, and the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review. Seth has served as a Carol Houck Smith Scholar in Poetry at Bread Loaf, and as the Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at Sewanee. His poetry and fiction are forthcoming or have appeared in Pleiades, Shenandoah, Verse Daily, Iowa Review, Southern Humanities Review, Indiana Review, and Poetry Northwest, among many others. Seth has worked as a wine sommelier and has degrees from San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University, and from the top-ranked creative writing program at Florida State University (PhD English 2012). He was a paratrooper with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and served in the Persian Gulf War, in another lifetime.