Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Poetry

Current MFA Candidates 2012-2013


Christan Cannella is a second-year MFA in poetry. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in 3by3by3 and the Found Poetry Review. He is author of the chapbook Suddenly, Nobody, published by BrickHouse Books, Inc. He'll give you a copy if you ask him for one.

Benjy Caplan is a second-year MFA student in fiction, a freelance journalist and a pseudonymous author of young adult novels. In third grade, he was awarded a bronze medal for his placement in the National Mythology Exam.

A second year student in fiction, Daisy Hernandez is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women on Today's Feminism and her commentaries have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, as well as, in the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, and Ms. magazine. To see more of her writings, go to

Nicole Hospital-Medina is a third year student in poetry. A Florida native, she surfed all the way through college and has taught at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade College, and Ransom Everglades Middle School; coached a high school Track & Field team; and instructed people on sailing in the Biscayne Bay. She recently won the Miami Herald Haiku Challenge. Her poems will soon be published in the forthcoming anthology, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Nicole, an explorer of the Earth and its inhabitants, finds inspiration from her experiences and observations. She is a poet-activist.

Hallie Johnston is a fiction writer and a native of the South. She holds an MA in English from Auburn University. While at Auburn, she also served as a student editor for the Southern Humanities Review.

Infatuated with weightlifting and chewy words, Chris Joyner considers himself a "meathead poet." Now a third year candidate in poetry, his work has appeared in Fiddleblack, the Barely South Review, Fried Chicken and Coffee, CaKe, and Fickle Muses. In 2011 he was recipient of the Alfred Boas Poetry Prize and did some movie-telling at O, Miami.

Damara "Dee" Martin is a first year poet. She is currently obsessed with the elements that surround the unspeaking. She is usually reserved and somewhat quiet, unless the subject of manga or Japanese animation pops up. She is a single mom, a big sister (which is like having three extra kids), a great cook (although she loathes cooking), and a tattoo junkie. When she isn't playing the role of superwoman, you can find her at someone's art gallery sniffing the paintings.

Jen Mehan is a second year poetry candidate from Georgia. Jen cuckolds poetry, flirts with CNF, and her goals include visiting hot springs, learning to fashion glass, operating a food truck, and skydiving.

Alejandro Nodarse is a third year fiction writer who was born and raised in Miami, FL. Born to Cuban parents, he often focuses on Miami, otherness and exile, and life on the hyphen. Alejandro is currently working on several projects, including his debut novel.

First year poet, Amy Richerson grew up in West Tennessee and Georgia. While in Miami she hopes to save some sea turtles, paddleboard around Key Biscayne and write poetry that matters.

Essy Stone is an old-timey Appalachian storyteller from Lenoir City, Tennessee, where she rode horses and worked as a waitress for one hundred years. She writes narrative poetry about the Charismatic Church, the labor jobs you work to get by, and teenaged girls in small towns. A second-year poet at the University of Miami, Essy spends her free time camping in the Everglades or bunkered down in her Coconut Grove apartment, reading like a fiend and sharing cold soup from the can with her chihuahua, Carl.

Jessica Stults loves boxing, Florida, and overt displays of manliness; after that, comparison to Hemingway breaks down. Jessica escaped from New York, where her writing consisted of reports to judges on mentally-ill felony offenders in an alternative-to-incarceration program. Now she's hoping to prove it's not true that "you can't make this stuff up."

Patrick K. Sung is a first-year candidate in fiction from Orange County, California. His first short story was published by Literary Laundry in 2011, and a selection of his flash works is available in the anthology Story Book by Unbound Press. He is currently working on his first novel.