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Sandhill Writers Retreat - Faculty & Staff

STAFF - Sandhill Writers Retreat
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    Faculty Books may be purchased from Tampa Bay’s independent bookstore Tombolo Books or by calling (727) 755-9456.


    Retreat Staff

    Retreat-Staff

     

    Gianna Russo

    Gianna 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, One House Down (Madville Publishing, 2019) and 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.


    Angel Jimenez

    Angel 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 Harding

    John 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.