‌‌Visiting Writers and Poets

Since its inception, the program has invited distinguished writers to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. They have included Edwidge Danticat, Shelby Hearon, Maxine Kumin, Terese Svoboda, Nintochka Rosca, Juan Delgado, Arthur Sze, Sabina Murray, and Valerie Martinez. More recently, Cristina Garcia, John Murillo, Peter Selgin, Patricia Engel, R. Zamora Linmark, Chris Abani and Adrian Castro have taught in our program. Other distinguished visitors have been Isaac Bashevis Singer and James A. Michener, whose generosity began and has sustained the M.F.A. program for years. 

Holly Iglesias


Holly Iglesias, Visiting Associate Professor, Fall 2017

Holly Iglesias is the author of three poetry collections, Sleeping Things (forthcoming, 2018), Souvenirs of a Sunken World and Angles of Approach, and a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose PoetryIn addition, she has translated the work of Cuban poet, Caridad Atencio. She served the associate director of the Master of Liberal Arts program at University of North Carolina-Asheville, where she taught in the English and Humanities Departments, focusing on archival poetry and documentary film. Her approach to teaching is nonhierarchical, facilitating student growth in engagement, leadership, and aesthetic and intellectual development. 

She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Cultural Council, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her poems have appeared in many journals and in anthologies such as The House of Your Dreams: an International Collection of Prose Poetry, Nothing to Declare: a Guide to the Flash Sequence, The Best of the Prose Poem, and Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary American Women Poets Do Housework. 


Patricia Engel

Patricia Engel, Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2017 

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, a New York TimesNotable Book of the Year, and winner of Colombia’s national prize in letters, the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana; It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and, most recently, The Veins of the Ocean, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her books have been translated into many languages and her writing has appeared in The Best American Short StoriesThe Best American Mystery StoriesThe AtlanticA Public SpaceHarvard ReviewVirginia Quarterly Review, and many other publications. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Key West Literary Seminar, among others, Patricia has also been awarded the Boston Review Fiction Prize. Born to Colombian parents and raised in New Jersey, Patricia is a graduate of New York University and earned her MFA at Florida International University. She is the literary editor of the Miami Rail.

Visiting Writers and Poets

Since its inception, the program has invited distinguished writers to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. They have included Edwidge Danticat, Shelby Hearon, Maxine Kumin, Terese Svoboda, Nintochka Rosca, Juan Delgado, Arthur Sze, Sabina Murray, and Valerie Martinez. More recently, Cristina Garcia, John Murillo, Peter Selgin, Patricia Engel, R. Zamora Linmark, Chris Abani and Adrian Castro have taught in our program. Other distinguished visitors have been Isaac Bashevis Singer and James A. Michener, whose generosity began and has sustained the M.F.A. program for years. 

Ana Menendez

Ana Menendez, Visiting Associate Professor, Fall 2015

Ana Menéndez is the author of four books of fiction: Adios, Happy Homeland!, The Last War,  Loving Che and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she wrote about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Vogue, Bomb Magazine, The New York Times and Tin House and has been included in several anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. She has a B.A. in English from Florida International University and an M.F.A. from New York University. A former Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she now lives in Surfside, Florida.