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Sandhill Writers Retreat - 2019 Faculty & Staff

    2019 Faculty

    Dr. Anne BarngroverAnne Barngrover

    Anne Barngrover's most recent book of poetry, Brazen Creature, was published with University of Akron Press in 2018. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University, where she is also on faculty in the low-residency MA program in Creative Writing.



    Dr. Patrick CrerandPatrick Crerand

    Patrick Crerand is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of Language Studies and the Arts. A member of the Saint Leo faculty since 2008, he received his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, his MFA in Fiction from Bowling Green State University, and his BA in English from The Ohio State University. His short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, New Orleans Review, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Cimarron Review, Knee Jerk, Monkeybicycle, among others. Two of his stories have been short-listed in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best American Fantasy anthologies. His creative nonfiction essays have appeared in New Ohio Review, North American Review, The Collagist, Midway Journal, and the Tampa Bay Times. Recently, Arc Pair Press published a collection of his stories entitled, The Paper Life They Lead.


    Marissa GloverMarissa Glover

    Marissa Glover teaches and writes in Florida, where she spends most of her time sweating. Currently the co-editor for Orange Blossom Review and the poetry editor at Barren Press, Marissa was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Lascaux Review for her poem “Some Things Are Decided Before You Are Born.” Her poetry has also appeared in Stoneboat Literary Journal, After the Pause, Gyroscope Review, War, Literature & the Arts, and New Verse News, among others. You can follow Marissa on Twitter @_MarissaGlover_.


    RaviHoward.Credit__Beri IrvingRavi Howard

    Ravi Howard is the author of two novels, Like, Trees, Walking and Driving the King. He was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award. His short fiction has appeared in Salon, Massachusetts Review, and Silent Beaches, Untold Stories. Howard has recorded commentary for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and his work has appeared in The New York TimesMassachusetts Review and Callaloo. He also appeared in the Ted Koppel documentary, The Last Lynching, on the Discovery Channel. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hurston-Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His television production work has appeared on HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and NFL Network. He received a 2004 Sports Emmy for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL.


    Brooke KingBrooke King

    Brooke King served in the Army, deploying to Iraq in 2006 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the infamous 1st Infantry Division. After her time in service, King went on to explore writing earning herself a Pushcart Prize nomination for her essay “Redeployment Packing Checklist” in 2016. King’s essays and short stories have been published in Prairie SchoonerO-Dark Thirty, War, Literature, and the Arts, the Atlantic, and other journals. Her latest book, War Flower: My Life after Iraq has been called “an absolutely compelling war memoir marked by the author’s incredible strength of character and vulnerability" by the Kirkus Review. Currently, King is an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University in the undergraduate program and serves as the veteran faculty member in the MA program for Creative Writing. 


    Dr. Steven KistulentzSteven Kistulentz

    Steve Kistulentz is the author of the novel Panorama (2018, Little, Brown & Co.), named a must read by publications as diverse as Entertainment Weekly and the New York Post. He is also the author of two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (2012), an editor’s choice selection in the University of Akron Press Series in Poetry, and The Luckless Age (2010), selected from over 700 manuscripts as the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. He teaches at Saint Leo University in Florida, where he serves as director of the graduate creative writing program.



    Dr. Karen Beardslee KwasnyKaren Kwasny

    Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny received her Master’s degree in English/Multicultural Literature from East Carolina University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in English/Multicultural Literature/Cultural Studies from Temple University in 1998. She has written two books in the fields of folklore, literature, and composition (Literary Legacies, Folklore Foundations and Translating Tradition). Her work has appeared in scholarly journals and she frequently presents at professional conferences. She also writes and publishes poetry and creative nonfiction and is currently working on a chapbook collection entitled Legacy.  Her work in memoir writing began when she led a Senior Memoir Writers group at Barnes and Nobles in Moorestown, New Jersey. 

    Dr. Kwasny is an active volunteer in her hometown of Virginia Beach, serving as a City Council appointee on the Virginia Beach Envision 2040, Vision to Action Community Coalition.

    In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, and spending time at home with family.


    LLanserRoseElisabeth Lanser Rose

    Elisabeth Lanser Rose is the author of the memoir, FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG, (Harmony Books), and the novel, BODY SHARERS (Rutgers University Press). BODY SHARERS placed among the finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Best First Novel. Recent honors include winner of the 2016 Briar Cliff Review Nonfiction Award, finalist for the 2017 Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, winner of the 2013 Florida Review Editor’s Award, and a Best American Essays 2015 Notable Essay.


    Susan LilleySusan Lilley

    Susan Lilley, Poet Laureate of Orlando, is a Florida native. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, Saw Palm, Hippocampus, The Florida Review, Sweet, Slipstream, and other journals. Her two chapbooks are Night Windows and Satellite Beach. She is a past winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award and has held a State of Florida Individual Arts Fellowship. She has taught at University of Central Florida and Rollins College, and currently teaches literature and creative writing at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park. Her new full collection, Venus in Retrograde, will be published spring of 2019 by Burrow Press. She is currently serving as Orlando’s first Poet Laureate.


    headshot-Roney, LisaLisa Roney

    Lisa Roney is editor-in-chief and director of The Florida Review and Aquifer: The Florida Review Online. She is the author of Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres (craft advice), The Best Possible Bad Luck (poems), and Sweet Invisible Body (memoir), as well as work in a wide variety of literary magazines. She is associate professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida and a faculty member in the new Editing, Publishing, and Interdisciplinary Curating track in UCF’s Texts & Technology PhD program.


    Caleb SarvisCaleb Sarvis

    Caleb Sarvis is the author of Dead Aquarium (Mastodon Pulbishing, 2019) and senior fiction editor of Bridge Eight Press https://www.bridgeeight.com  He holds an MFA in creative Writing from The University of Tampa.  He enjoys reading, writing and watching the Washington Wizards.







    2019 Staff

    Gianna RussoGianna Russo

    Retreat Director

    Gianna Russo is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University, where she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She is editor-in-chief of Saint Leo’s Sandhill Review and director of the Sandhill Writers Retreat.

    Russo is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower, (Kitsune Books, 2011), winner of a Florida Book Awards bronze medal, Florida Publishers Association Presidents’ Award silver medal, and was an Eric Hofer First Horizons finalist award. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Blue Slumber (YellowJacket Press, 2006), and The Companion of Joy (Green Rabbit Press, 2014). She is founding editor of YellowJacket Press, Florida’s premiere publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts. She has published poems in Green Mountains Review, 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 was named Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Local Poet in 2017. Russo holds an MFA in Poetry from The University of Tampa. Her second collection, One House Down, is forthcoming from Madville Publishing.


    Angel JimenezAngel Jimenez

    Associate Director

    Angel Jimenez has been a faculty member of Saint Leo University since 2011, providing writing support services for Cannon Memorial Library, and teaching academic writing and literature for the Department of Language Studies and the Arts. He dreams of a world free of exploitation, warfare, and the word “amazeballs.”


    John David HardingJohn David Harding

    Assistant Director

    John David Harding teaches writing and research as a faculty member in the Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University. His creative work includes publications in fiction, poetry, and visual art. He co-edits Lightning Key Review and Orange Blossom Review.







    Past Faculty, 2013-2018

    Jocelyn Bartkevicius
    Erica Bernheim
    Karen Brown
    Rita Ciresi
    Dawn Davies
    Erica Dawson
    Philip F. Deaver
    Lane DeGregory
    John Henry Fleming
    Lola Haskins
    Michael Hettich
    Ernest Hooper
    Jeff Klinkenberg
    Phyllis McEwen
    Jesse Millner
    Lyn Millner
    Matthew Mobley
    Amy Christine Parker
    Peter Schmitt
    Enid Shomer
    Claire Stephens 
    Ira Sukrungruang
    Spencer Wise

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