Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
Gianna Russo is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs and serves as editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review. She is the founding director of the Sandhill Writers Retreat. She was appointed the inaugural Poet-in-Residence for the College of Arts and Sciences, 2019-22.
Ms. Russo is the author of the poetry collections, One House Down (Madville Publishing, 2019); Moonflower, winner of the Florida Book Award Bronze and Florida Publishers Association Silver awards; and two chapbooks, Blue Slumber and The Companion of Joy.
A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has had publications in Green Mountains Review, Negative Capability, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, Valparaiso, saw palm, The MacGuffin, Water Stone, Florida Review, Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, and Calyx, among others. Her essays have appeared in the (former) Saint Petersburg Times. Ms. Russo is founding editor of YellowJacket Press. She was named Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Local Poet in 2017.
M.F.A. Creative Writing, Poetry, The University of Tampa
M.A. English, Modern American and British literature, University of South Florida
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Women’s Studies and Psychology, University of South Florida
Foundations in Poetry IV, ENG 5104
Foundations in Poetry II, ENG 5102
Foundations in Poetry I, ENG 5101
Studies in Place, ENG 345
Verse Writing, ENG 335
Pre-internship in Professional Writing ENG 318
Special Topics: Nature Writing, ENG 300
Special Topics: Your Writing and the World, ENG 300
Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres, ENG 225
Love & Desire in Literature, ENG 210
Intro to Creative Writing, ENG 202
Academic Writing II, ENG 122
Academic Writing I, ENG 121
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