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Melissa Burley‌

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Melissa Burley received her MFA in fiction from the University of Miami after studying art history at the Université de Paul Valery, in Montpellier, France, and graduating with a B.A. in history and from the College of William and Mary. Her poetry, prose poetry, an interview, and short stories have appeared in TigertailFlamencoMangrove, and Metromorphosis. She has published a book of photographs and her photography has been printed in local, regional, and national magazines. She is currently working on her second novel. Her interests include visual rhetoric and meditation. She is a member of the UM Mindfulness Initiative.

 

Judy Hood

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Judy Hood studied at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany, graduated from Stetson University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. Her work ranges from non-fiction to poetry and has been published in The Southern QuarterlyMangrove Literary Magazine, and the Miami Herald. She contributed to the college text Composing Inquiry and presently teaches Visual Rhetoric and Advanced Academic Writing at UM.

 

Mia Leonin

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Mia Leonin is the author of four poetry collections: Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press), Chance Born, Unraveling the Bed, and Braid (Anhinga Press). Leonin also published the memoir Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). She has been awarded fellowships from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs for her poetry and creative nonfiction, two Money for Women grants by the Barbara Deming Fund, and she has been a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts/Annenberg Institute on Theater and Musical Theater. Leonin has written extensively about theater and culture for the Miami Herald, New Times, and other publications.  

Martha Otis 

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Martha Otis has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA from Stanford University. She lived and taught for many years in Mexico before returning to complete an MFA at the University of Florida. Her fiction has been published in the Best New American Fiction series, Indiana Review, fwriction:review and elsewhere. Her work has earned several prizes, including the Henfield Prize and the Joyce Johnson prize at the Key West Literary Seminars. Her work has been translated into Spanish and Italian; recent poetry may be found in the Roanoke Review. Her first novel, Apollonia in Estrus, is being represented by Trident Media Group. Since 2002, Otis has taught Composition at the University of Miami, focusing on themes of nature and animals. 

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Peter Schmitt 

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Peter Schmitt is the author of five books of poems, including three full-length collections: Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books); Hazard Duty and Country Airport (Copper Beech). Two chapbooks, To Disappear, and Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, are with Pudding House. He has received The Julia Peterkin Award (Converse College); The Lavan Award (Academy of American Poets); The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize; grants from The Florida Arts Council (twice); and an Ingram Merrill Fellowship. His poems have appeared in many leading journals, including The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, are widely anthologized and have been featured on NPR’s Writers Almanac. A native Miamian, he has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Miami since 1986.