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 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.
Kira Geiger is majoring in Creative Nonfiction, and has been writing both nonfiction and poetry all her life. She loves theatre, reading, living in Florida, and generally experiencing life in the ways of an intrepid explorer.
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.
Jeanette Geraci is from Long Island, New York. She holds a B.A. in Individualized Studies from Vermont's Goddard College. Jeanette writes poetry and creative non-fiction and works as a writing consultant at FAU's UCEW. In her past life, she was a yoga teacher. Jeanette is passionate about and fascinated/inspired by many things, including (but not limited to): language, movement, music, food, and people.
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.
Rebecca Jensen graduated from the Honors College at the University of South Florida in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English (creative writing) with a minor in French. Her writing is mainly creative nonfiction, focusing on the themes of travel and identity. She is currently fiction editor for Driftwood Press, a literary magazine.
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.
Scott Rachesky, a fiction writer all the way from Wellington, Florida, has a constant struggle with how people describe him. Some say he’s a type A personality (to which he disagrees and thinks he’s a type B personality…how type A of him…or type B...) and many people don’t believe him when he says he used to be painfully shy (he literally, yes literally, can’t shut up…sometimes…not too often…maybe). He loves the MFA at FAU and couldn’t be happier with the creative writing faculty. Oh, and he loves to bake cupcakes.
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.
Jason Stephens started the MFA in the spring of 2014. He graduated from Boise State University in 2011. He’s the son of Joan and Jim Stephens. The grandson of James and Joann Stephens, and David and Irene Baumann. He is appreciative of all the opportunities that he has been given, and is grateful for the frequency with which people forgive each other, and he wants to be better than he is.
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.
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.