Speakers

 Keynote Speaker - Marcia Adlrich
Keynote Speaker - Marcia Adlrich

Marcia Aldrich teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. She is the author of Companion to an Untold Story (selected by Susan Orlean for the 2011 AWP Award in Nonfiction and published by The University of Georgia Press) and Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton and part of the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series.

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Dan Reiter
Dan Reiter

Dan Reiter's last name is derived from the German word for horseman. In the sixteenth century, Reiters rode the countryside around Schwarzburg in black armor and capes, appointed with wheel-lock pistols and long swords. Later, the term came to mean loosely, "mercenary knight." The proper pronunciation is "writer."

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Danita Berg
Danita Berg

Danita Berg directs the English Department at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. She?s published creative works in journals such as Redivider, Southern Women?s Review, Quay: A Journal of the Arts, The Houston Literary Review, and Black Market Review.

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David James Poissant
David James Poissant

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals, which will be published in March, 2014 by Simon & Schuster. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy, Ploughshares, One Story, Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies.

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Holly V. Kapherr
Holly V. Kapherr

Holly V. Kapherr is a food and travel writer and editor originally from Winter Park, though she has lived in and written about some of the world's most bustling and inspiring cities.

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Jaclyn Sullivan
Jaclyn Sullivan

This year, Jaclyn designed and implemented a multimodal curriculum that has seen great success at Full Sail. Jaclyn?s fiction most recently appeared in Saw Palm and her children?s book series, What?s in Your Fast Food? was featured on the 2012 Junior Library Guild Summer reading list.

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Joe David Bellamy
Joe David Bellamy

Joe David Bellamy is author of the novel Green Freedom published by Narrative in 2012. His first novel Suzi Sinzinnati won the Editors' Book Award from Pushcart/Norton, was published in paperback by Penguin USA, and received a movie option from New Line Cinema. He is also the author of sixteen other books, including Atomic Love, a novella and eight stories, which was an AWP Award Series selection.

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John Henry Fleming
John Henry Fleming

John Henry Fleming is the author of The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, a novel, and Fearsome Creatures of Florida, a literary bestiary, and The Book I Will Write, a serial novel-in-emails.

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Kim Murray
Kim Murray

Kim Murray is the Director of Liberal Studies at Full Sail University. She has been teaching college-level writing for 30 years and worked in writing program administration since 2005. Before joining Full Sail, she managed a large writing center, and prior to that, supervised 100 teachers in her position as Assistant Director of Composition at the University of South Florida.

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Leslie Salas
Leslie Salas

Leslie Salas is best known for writing and drawing literary comics. She also writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. She writes a weekly blog on independent and webcomics for The Drunken Odyssey, and serves as an assistant editor for The Florida Review and an assistant graphic narrative editor for Sweet.

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Lisa Lanser-Rose
Lisa Lanser-Rose

Lisa Lanser-Rose is the author of the novel, Body Sharers (Rutgers University Press) and the memoir For the Love of a Dog (Crown Publishing). Recent work has appeared in Superstition Review, The Tampa Review Online, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Saw Palm, and Ascent Literary Magazine. Her essay, ?Turnpike Psycho,? won the 2013 Florida Review Editors? Award for Nonfiction.

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Nathan Holic
Nathan Holic

Nathan Holic teaches writing courses at the University of Central Florida and serves as the Graphic Narrative Editor at The Florida Review. His fiction has appeared in print at Iron Horse and The Apalachee Review, and online at Hobart and Barrelhouse, and has been nominated for Best of the Net.

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Pat Rushin
Pat Rushin

His original feature-length screenplay, The Zero Theorem, was produced this year by The Zanuck Company and Voltage Pictures, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Oscar-winners Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, and Matt Damon.

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Suzannah Gilman
Suzannah Gilman

Suzannah Gilman graduated from Rollins College and the University of Florida. A licensed attorney and mother of four adults, she has published poetry, fiction, essays, and nonfiction. Her poetry chapbook, I Will Meet You at the River, was published in 2013.

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Vanessa Blakeslee
Vanessa Blakeslee

Vanessa Blakeslee's debut short story collection, Train Shots, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in early 2014. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily,The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among many others.

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