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Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing


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

Recent Creative Writing Success

Adam Day ’01 has his first book, Winter Inventory, coming out from Sarabande Press in 2015.

Adam’s chapbook, Badger, Apocrypha, was published in 2011 by the Poetry Society of America’s annual contest. The volume was selected and introduced by James Tate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Here is a link to the Poets & Writers Directory that lists his bio: http://www.pw.org/content/adam_day.

Adam Day is co-editor of the Catch-Up literary journal. He is also the co-director of the Baltic Writing Residency Program in Latvia. His email address is acday77@gmail.com

Simeon Berry ’97 first book of poetry, Ampersand Revisited has been chosen by Ariana Reines for the National Poetry Series, one of the most prestigious poetry competitions in the United States. It will be published by Fence Books. Note: before anything is posted about his book you should contact him for permission (he wrote to me letting me know about the book but the press may not be ready for any public notice as yet); his email is simeon.berry@gmail.com.

Simeon lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he serves on the Board of Directors for Salamander.  He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares, and won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant and a Career Chapter Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. Recent work appears in Hotel Amerika, Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and American Letters & Commentary.

Faith Harkey ’01 has her first novel, Wish Fetcher, under contract with Clarion, an imprint of Houghton-Mifflin; the book is due for release in spring 2015.

Creative Writing Alumna Melanie Neale (McClendon)’02 published her first book at the end of 2012. It is titled Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass and comes from Beating Windward Press, which has this month released a Middle Grades version (ages 9-15), retitled Boat Kid: How I Survived Swimming with Sharks, Being Homeschooled, and Growing Up on a Sailboat. Melanie holds an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University and currently works as Director of Career Services for the Art Institute of Jacksonville.

Jay Nicorvo ’99 first book of poetry, Deadbeat (Four Way Books), appeared this October of 2012. He was our featured poet at this year’s CRA Celebration of the Arts on November 10th. He teaches at Western Michigan State University.

Jay’s poetry, fiction, nonfiction and criticism have appeared in The Literary Review, Guernica, The Iowa Review and The Believer. He’s served on editorial staffs at Ploughshares and at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center, and worked for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [clmp]. He teaches at Western Michigan University, where he’s faculty advisor to Third Coast, and he lives on an old farm outside Battle Creek with his wife, Thisbe Nissen, their rambunctious son and a dozen vulnerable chickens.

The class of 2012 creative writing graduates were accepted into the following MFA programs, Leslie Taylor at Florida International University; Amy DeBevois at Hollins College; Liz Argento at Old Dominion University. Stephanie Jenks was accepted in the Peace Corps. She is serving in China.

Elizabeth Tomaselli (editor-in-chief), Malena Carollo, and Alexandra Roberts attended the 2012 annual Associated Collegiate Press conference in Chicago (with generous support from ECOS). Last spring, the Florida College Press Association Competition awarded The Current Best College Newspaper (Ashley Daniels, editor-in-chief), Best Feature Story (Katie Honan), Best Sports Photo (Ashley Daniels), and 3rd place Best Sports Photo (Ethan Cooper).

Malena Carollo recently produced a feature on EC's dormitory pet policy that is forthcoming in the “Neighborhood Times” section of the Tampa Bay Times.

Liz Tomaselli recently reported on a neighborhood association meeting for the TBT, and that article is forthcoming.

Creative Writing Junior Sally Burnette has published two poems in Deep South Magazine, “Bus Stop” and “Caroline Dusk,” both of which were written in Prof. Scott Ward’s Avant-garde Poetry class in spring 12. Her poem titled “Witness,” which she wrote as a result of traveling with Prof. Jared Stark’s Holocaust Memory Berlin/Poland spring into summer course, has been accepted for publication in Poetica Magazine. An article that she wrote titled “Service Trips Abroad: Helpful or Hurtful?” was published in the Huffington Post.

Creative Writing Junior Wyatt McMurry’s poem “Nail Polish” published in the Eckerd Review, has been solicited by Plain China:Best Undergraduate Writing 2012, from Bennington College, an anthology of undergraduate literary journals (Editors select from publications at American University, Bard, Dartmouth, Columbia College Chicago, Grinnell, Harvard, LSU, NYU, Oberlin, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, Susquehanna, Temple, UCLA, UConn, UVA, and UVM, among many others). Prof. Helen Wallace is the faculty sponsor of ER.

Wyatt’s poem “Skeet” has been accepted by Outrageous Fortune (Mary Baldwin College). “Skeet” was written in Prof. Scott Ward’s Avant-garde Poetry class spring 12.

Three Creative Writing seniors, Josh Keeler, Guiliana Grossi, and Cait Duffy, have had avant-garde poems accepted in the Alphabet of Art, an international show of innovative modern art running from November 2-10 at Studio@620. Their pieces were produced in Prof. Scott Ward’s Avant-garde Poetry course in spring 12. Many thanks to Prof. Arthur Skinner for preparing their works for display.

Creative Writing sophomore Jacob Algeier has published a nonfiction essay titled “Thirst” in Prime Number Magazine #31. 

Alexander Zielinski an EC student majoring in physics and mathematics created the cover art for Prime Number Magazine #31. He is also the photo editor and a graphic designer for Eckerd's award-winning newspaper, The Current.

Duke Trott ’13 has had a poem, "Sokushinbutsu," published in the summer 2013 issue of American Athenaeum.

Creative Writing Senior Wyatt McMurry has just had a poem accepted in Mangrove, the University of Miami’s literary magazine.

Senior Wyatt McMurray has had two poems, “In the Mattress Store” and “JC's Auto and Tire” accepted for publication in early February in the Eunoia Review. Also, Prairie Margins, “Buzzards,” and “old Movie,” in Rainy Day published at Cornell University (fall 2013).

Egypt Kosloski was accepted into the MFA Program at U Colorado, Boulder (fall 2013).

Abby Shepherd ’13was granted an internship at the Baltic Writing Residency, Riga, Latvia/ Louisville, Kentucky (fall 2013).

Senior Sally Burnette’s poem, “Pathology Building, Sachsenhausen,” appeared last spring 2013 in Eunoia Review. This summer (2013), Sally had poems appear in Poetica (“Witness”); Bop Dead City (“[tension]”); Crack the Spine (“Eating Madame Bovary”) and London Literary Project's London Clock ("Witching Hour, Bloomsbury") "Eating Madame Bovary" is a print anthology that will be available for purchase on Amazon.com.  As a part of the anthology, her work will also be submitted for consideration for various awards nominations including the Pushcart Prize and Houghton Mifflin's "Best of" Anthologies. She has poems forthcoming in The Bare Knuckle Review.

Sally was also accepted to the 2013 summer session of the prestigious German School at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

K.C Wolfe took Current students to a joint conference for ACP (Associated Collegiate Press) and CMA (College Media Association), called the ACP/CMA NOLA 13 Conference. With him were Malena Corollo, editor-in-chief, Sabrina Lolo, health & fitness editor, and Rose Kraemer, asst. news editor.  More than 2,300 students and media advisers showed up for workshops, keynotes, newspaper critiques, awards, educational sessions and awards ceremonies. They won an Online Pacemaker Award, national recognition for their online news. They also took in a critique session, wherein a professional journalist offers a critique of their student news product.

Amy Baxter ’13 published two articles on the Chicago music scene this past summer in Splash Magazine, an on line magazine of entertainment and culture.

Cait Duffy ’13 published an article on adaptive headlights this past summer in Autofluence, an on line automotive source on the DuPont Registry’s website. She is now a staff writer/editor for the on line journal.

Josh Keeler’s poem, “I’ve Been in a Workshop,” appeared in Bitterzoet Magazine, Vol. 1, November 2013.


Artistic Achievement Scholarships are available to creative writers. Interested students should follow the Creative Writing Award Submission Guidelines Located on the Financial Aid Home Page under Scholarships and Artistic Achievement Awards and mail all pertinent materials prior to the application deadline.

Writers in Paradise

Writers in Paradise

Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, this writers' conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.