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Enid Shomer

Fiction Writer, Poet
Tampa, FL

Poet and fiction writer Enid Shomer is the author of four books of poetry and three of fiction, most recently the novel "The Twelve Rooms of the Nile" (Simon & Schuster, 2012, published globally in English). Her work has been collected in more than fifty anthologies and textbooks, including POETRY: A Harper Collins Pocket Anthology, Best American Poetry, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. Two of her books, Stars at Noon (poetry) and Imaginary Men (short fiction), were the subject of feature interviews on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing from the Florida Humanities Council. Several of her books have been awarded major prizes. Imaginary Men received the Iowa Fiction Prize as well as the LSU/Southern Review Prize, both given annually for the best first collection of short fiction by an American author. She received the Gold Medal in Fiction from the State of Florida for Tourist Season (Random House, 2007), which was also chosen for Barnes & Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers Series.” Stalking the Florida Panther (The Word Works) won the Washington Prize. Other awards include two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, three fellowships from the State of Florida, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry, the Celia B. Wagner Award of the Poetry Society of America, the Randall Jarrell Prize, the Wildwood Prize, the Eve of St. Agnes Prize, the H.E. Frances Prize, the Iowa Woman Prize, the Emily Clark Balch Prize from Virginia Quarterly Review, the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, and the Guy Owen Poetry Prize from Southern Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Paris Review, The New Criterion, Kenyon Review, Tikkun, etc. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Modern Maturity, Midstream, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Virginia Quarterly Review, etc. Her poem sequence “Pope Joan,” adapted into a dance oratorio by composer Anne LeBaron and choreographer Mark Taylor, premiered in October of 2000. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in The New Times Book Review, The Women's Review of Books, Moment, and elsewhere.

Sandra Simonds

Tallahassee, FL

Sandra Simonds is the author of four books of poetry: Steal It Back (forthcoming from Saturnalia Books, December 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on Poets.org, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. Sandra’s fifth book, Further Problems with Pleasure, is the winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Akron Press.

Edmund Skellings

West Melbourne, FL

Rick Skwiot

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Key West, FL

William Slaughter

Jacksonville, FL

I am the editor and publisher of Mudlark, An Electronic Journal of Poetry and Poetics, and the author of The Politics of My Heart and Untold Stories, books of poems and essays. My work has been published in magazines ranging from Poetry (Chicago) to Exquisite Corpse in the United States; Malahat Review, Prism International, and Fiddlehead in Canada; Critical Quarterly (England), Poetry Australia, Frank (France), and People's Daily in China, for example. I am a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of North Florida, have twice taught at the Florida State University London Study Center, and have had Fulbrights to China and Egypt.

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