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Gianna Russo, M.F.A.

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    Gianna Russo, M.F.A.

    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

    Courses Taught

    • 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