Current MFA Students
Mauricio J. Almonte
Mauricio J. Almonte comes to us from the second floor of our very own Culture and Society building, where he is an Instructor of Spanish and Coordinator of Academic Service-Learning for the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. A native of Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) and New York City, Almonte's creative and critical works appear in Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America; PALARA: Publication of the Association of Afro-Latin American Research Association; Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Languages and Culture; Tinta; Negritud: Journal of Afro-Latin American Studies; AEQ: Academic Exchange Quarterly, and The Leader. His first book, Todo el foro, offers a comprehensive index of the most infamous letters-to-the editor column in Caribbean history ("El Foro Público," Dominican Republic, 1948-61) and an extensive essay that explores interpretive avenues into the practice of confession (as socially normalizing practice and mode of self-representation). It is forthcoming, from Editora Collado, in Santo Domingo.
Caitlyn Gilvary Davidheiser
Caitlyn Gilvary Davidheiser is an M.F.A. fiction student from New Jersey. She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English where she founded the community writing workshop, Hub City Writers. Her work has appeared in Potluck Magazine and Killing the Angel, among others. She has a loving husband and an indifferent cat.
Madison Garber is originally from Tallahassee, Florida—or South Georgia, according to South Floridians. In 2015, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a B.A. in Creative Writing. A semi-professional ballerina for 17 years, Madison is now focusing her creative energies on fiction writing as a Master of Fine Arts student at Florida Atlantic University. Madison also hopes to hone her teaching skills as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the university's Writing Program. She is a movie buff, a part-time introvert, and an Anglophile itching to return to Britain for another (hopefully extended) visit.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Dustin J. DiPaulo writes creative nonfiction and fiction. His B.A. is in English Literature & Creative Writing, which he earned from Geneseo State University in 2015. Hopelessly addicted to music, he plays piano and guitar whenever he has the chance and his mother would probably say he listens to way too much rap music. But, as The Fresh Prince famously professed: "Parents Just Don't Understand." Other hobbies of his include eating Asian cuisine as often as humanly possible, drinking in seedy dive bars, and partaking in philosophical conversations.
Hilde Hartnett Goldstein
Hilde Hartnett Goldstein is working primarily on memoir, and has a growing interest in literary translation. She lives with her family in Palm Beach Gardens.
Karen Yvonne Hamilton writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her interests include music, science fiction, silence, secrets, and Florida history. She is the mother of three sons and grandmother of four. Karen has published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review, and was a finalist in the New Letters Award for her essay Round One in 2017. She is currently working on a book of poetry about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about silences. She is a 7th generation Floridian and lives with her two chihuahuas in her hometown, Jupiter, Florida. You can find her most evenings at the Jupiter Inlet, writing, watching the birds, and pondering the clouds.
Marilyn Litvak is a student in the M.F.A. Creative Non-Fiction Writing Program. She received her B.A. in art history from McMaster University and her M.A. in the history of architecture from the University of Toronto. Marilyn is the author of a book about "Edward James Lennox," noted Toronto architect, has written many articles about heritage buildings in Ontario, Canada, and is the author of the award-winning monograph "The Grange."
Kathryn McLaughlin entered the MFA program for Poetry in 2014. Her research interests include gender studies, Southern literature and trauma theory.
Natalie Rowland hails most recently from Chicago, where she worked in public relations for several years after graduating from the University of Michigan (go Blue!). With a double-major in Comparative Literature (English and French) and Communications and a minor in Creative Writing, she's out to prove that each degree is relevant. Her coups de coeur include: fiction, Steinbeck, the short story, and inventing new worlds on a page.
When she's not reading or writing, Trina Sutton can be found conducting culinary experiments, buried in fabric and art supplies, or speaking steadily-improving Portuguese to her growing group of Brazilian family and friends. She thinks teachers are fantastic people (having been one herself) and, while she loves living in South Florida, she often misses her home state of West Virginia, the Île de la Cité of Paris, and the cerrado of Brazil. Trina earned her B.A in English and Creative Writing from West Virginia University in 2007 and entered FAU's MFA program in Fall 2015.
Originally from Scotland, Adam Sword is an MFA student with a concentration in Fiction. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland in 2016, with a BA (Honors) degree in English, Journalism & Creative Writing. During his undergraduate study he spent the year abroad at the University of Iowa, which motivated him to apply for an MFA back in the United States. He's now happy he can watch basketball without worrying about the time difference!
Emily White still firmly believes she is a Tennessean, despite growing up in South Florida and obtaining a B.A in English from Florida Atlantic University. She hopes to create a written work she's proud of while obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the same, fine university. Her interests include, but should not be limited to: traveling (please send her anywhere, she will write accordingly about it), teaching, feminist-period-gothic-novels, collecting copies of Pride and Prejudice from around the world, and sentences that sound like breathing stars.
We thought we'd seen the last of Jason Wilson, having graduated FAU in 2014 with a Bachelor's in English Literature. But he's back, and this time with his eye on the prize: A Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He hails from South Florida and enjoys its rains and its sun. With no publications to disclose, his biography lacks evidence for a fondness of short stories and a desire to write them well—but the author of this lackluster summary vouches for both.