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Recent Alumni News

John A. Nieves
John A. Nieves, MFA Creative Writing, 2006

USF's English Department is proud to announce that alumnus John A. Nieves, who earned his M.A. in creative writing in 2006, has won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award for his collection, Curio. Since graduating from our program, John has gone on to earn his Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Missouri. His recent work has appeared in prestigious journals such as Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, Barrow Street, and American Poetry Journal. His poem "Cartograph" was nominated by the Cinncinati Review for a Pushcart Prize.

Jaquira Diaz
Jaquira Diaz, MFA Creative Writing, 2012

Jaquira Diaz has been named 2012-2013 Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow by the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Jaquira also was awarded a full scholarship to attend the New York State Summer Writers' Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY; she will be Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the 2012 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her story "Section 8," which appeared in the Southern Review, has been awarded a 2013 Pushcart Prize.

USF Grads at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo
Frances Auld

Franc Auld, PhD - Literature, 2005
Frances Auld begins Fall 2009 as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. Her teaching and research interests include monstrous bodies in early British Literature, as well as their irruption into contemporary popular culture. She has published and presented on Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and contemporary monsters in text and film, as well as the pedagogy of horror. She has recently published in The Journal of Popular Culture (2008) and Dissections (2009). Wiley-Blackwell has requested a revised/extended version of her 2008 MLA presentation "Broken Bodies in Beowulf (2007)" for potential publication in Literature Compass.

Marc Seals

Marc Seals, PhD - Literature, 2004
Marc Seals is in his third year as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, where students have twice voted him Professor of the Year. Marc teaches courses in American literature, composition, and Film Studies. Marc has published articles and presented conference papers on the works of Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edna Ferber, Horatio Alger, Neil Gaiman, and Dashiell Hammett. Recent scholarly publications appear in The Student's Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters (2008), Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction (2008), and The Hemingway Review (2005).

Eric Mason
Eric Mason, PhD - Rhetoric & Composition, 2007

USF graduate Eric Mason accepted a position at Nova Southeastern University as Assistant Professor of Humanities, teaching undergraduate writing courses and graduate courses in their Master's in Writing program. In 2008, he published two book chapters, one in Edible Ideologies from SUNY Press, and one in Gender and Oral Traditions in the Early Modern Era from Ashgate Press. He has recently been awarded a faculty fellowship from the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences to start a journal at NSU.

Daniele Pantano
Daniele Pantano, MA Creative Writing, 2005

Recent USF graduate Daniele Pantano has accepted a position at Edge Hill University as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. He is also the co-editor of Härter, a prominent German literary magazine, and former editor of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, The M.A.G, and Poems Niederngasse: Die Zeitschrift für Lyrik. His next books, The Oldest Hands in the World (a collection of poems), The Possible Is Monstrous: Selected Poems by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, and The Collected Works of Georg Trakl, are forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, New York.
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Ric Jahna

Ric Jahna at Inkwood Books

Ric Jahna, MA Literature, 2003

Former USF MA student Ric Jahna, winner of the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, appeared at Inkwood Books in August 2008 to read and sign True Kin, his award-winning collection of nine stories and a novella, ranging from central Florida to the desert southwest, with a cast of recurring characters. Settings include a lakeside family barbeque with long-held grudges threatening dangerous consequences, a hurricane party where a student and teacher have a violent confrontation, and more, while Jahna's characters struggle with the search for community, meaning, and love. True Kin is available from The Ohio State University Press.

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