If you are looking for a university with a big emphasis on faculty who bring many years of field experience to the classroom, Saint Leo University is a perfect example of this. Prof. Gianna Russo, an assistant professor of English and creative writing, can relay a tremendous amount of practical experience to her students at both the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

In this episode of the Saint Leo 360 podcast, we visit with Russo, a Tampa native who teaches in the Department of Language Studies and the Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University. During the conversation, Russo spoke about:

  • Her personal background with a unique family history in the Tampa Bay region
  • How she got interested in writing with a focus on poetry
  • What inspired her to pursue a career teaching high school and a unique creative writing program she helped develop for high school students
  • How she began teaching for Saint Leo University and courses she teaches in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Her innovative approaches to teaching and grading writing assignments
  • The numerous benefits of attending Saint Leo University from the standpoint of a faculty member
  • The publications and writing events she is involved with at Saint Leo
  • Her published works and a dramatic reading of one of her favorite poems

Listen Now

Listen to Episode 68 of the Saint Leo 360 podcast on the Episode 68 podcast page.

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Learn More about Gianna Russo and the Sandhill Review

Check out Gianna Russo’s personal website to discover more about her background in writing and the creative arts.

Russo is also highly involved in the Sandhill Review at Saint Leo. Learn more about this special publication here.

Learn More about the English and Creative Writing Degree Programs at Saint Leo University

Get the lowdown on Saint Leo University’s BA in English degree program.

Looking for a graduate degree program option? Learn more about the MA in creative writing degree program.