Professor of Literature and Creative Writing
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
To supplement the Creative Writing major, students minor in a variety of disciplines, including French, Italian, American Studies, Eastern Religions, Philosophy, History and many others.
What Students are Reading in Classes
Students read a variety of texts for their major. Some texts read this past semester include: A Prayer for the Dying, Blood Meridian, Sula, Disgrace, Lolita, Nightwood, Wuthering Heights, The Lover, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Sun Also Rises, The Awakening, Woman and the Sea, Lightered, Mint Snowball, The Morning of the Red Admirals, Snakebird: Thirty Years of Anhinga Poetry, Riverfall, Braid, The Secret History of Water, This Close to the Earth, To the Green Man, Three Legged Dog, and Frankenstein.
What Current Students are Reading for Pleasure
Students dedicated to learning the craft of writing read serious literature, even when it is not assigned for courses. Books recently enjoyed by our students include: On Beauty, The Year of Magical Thinking, Running with Scissors, Jazz, Delights and Shadows, The Art of Drowning, Birds of America, A Farewell to Arms, and Seize the Day.
Publishing and Awards
Students are encouraged to submit their work to various journals, magazines, and contests. Students and recent graduates have published in such places as The Good Times, The La Jolla Village News, GulfStream, Salt Hill, Sycamore Review, Washington Square, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Eckerd Review, Tar River Poetry, The Tucumcari Literary Review, Along the Path, River City, Florida Humanities, Florida English, Wolf Moon Press Journal, The Bellevue Literary Review,Third Coast, and The Miami Herald.
The Strength of the Workshop Format and Our Faculty
"The difference with Eckerd is that people actually care. I transferred from a big university where none of my professors knew my name. I truly appreciate the personal rapport I have with my mentor and professors at Eckerd and their willingness to go out of their way to help me become a better writer." -- Swan Huntley, Class of 2006
"... Each creative writing professor has a new and fresh approach to discussions of student writing. I like the fact that poetry and fiction are both required for the major, as well as a third genre of writing." -- Amanda Elend, Class of 2006
"I learned more about the craft of writing in my undergraduate creative writing workshops at Eckerd College than I did in the graduate workshops that earned me my MFA." -- Jay Baron Nicorvo, Class of 1999