PAST AND PRESENT
Lisette Alonso is a Miami native who is quite relieved the world didn’t end in 2012. She hopes to earn her BA in English summer of 2013.
Alison Amato holds an MFA from FAU. She hopes you enjoy her poetry.
Stephanie Anderson is pursuing a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction. Prior to joining the program, she worked as a writer and photographer for a South Florida-based humanitarian aid and development organization. She also served as special sections editor at a regional agricultural newspaper and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana College in South Dakota, her home state.
Jean-Pierre Ardoguein is a recent graduate with a BA in English, concentration in British Literature. This is his second time being published in Coastlines.
Edgard Barbosa is a junior pursuing a BFA on Graphic Design. He finds inspiration in geometry, urbanism, technology, and literature. His life verse is found in Jeremiah 33:3.
Ingrid Barreneche is a senior year student of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Her art reflects the feelings of her soul and her deepest emotions. Her creations are guided by a very personal intuitive process.
Molly Bickel is currently seeking her BA in studio art although she is considering pursuing a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in ceramics. Her favorite work is of the figure; it reminds her of how beautiful the world can be, and she hopes others are reminded of that when they view her work. As for what she will do next, she cannot say since she is still largely in a state of discovery with herself as an artist.
Connor Boyle is a second-year MA student and would like to visit Antarctica before he dies.
Amanda Brahlek is a South Floridian with a cat, a typewriter, and a penchant for trains.
Diana Burgos relishes her Colombian nickname, “Rola,” because it reminds her of a Rolex watch and forbidden caramel candy. She’s grateful to the creatures that leap from the choruses of folktale songs and stare blankly at her until she’s typed up a new role, stage, and wardrobe for them. She wants her tongue to become a great contortionist capable of twisting, bending, stretching and pressing its way through the narrow cracks of language barriers.
Gyasi S. Byng has a very strange name, but she’s made her peace with it. She enjoys writing fiction when she’s not teaching her three year old niece how to use FaceTime.
Su Carlson (MFA, '06) currently lives and creates in South Florida.
Nuala Carr has been writing since she lived in Ireland in the 70’s, and is in her third year working on an MFA in poetry. She has published work in Coastlines 2011, Florida Atlantic University’s Making Waves, and an Irish women’s Poetry publication titled Women’s Work. Grabbing syllabic gold dust from the ethers brings her joy and sanity. Being ready for the muse (her higher self) is a love affair with life: moments when there’s nothing else.
Mo Case focuses on the musicality and visual images presented through Modern era literature as she pursues her MA. She is a passionate enthusiast of the human imagination, and strives to ensure that her contemplations and introspection will encourage others to endeavor towards the same discoveries.
Merle E Causey III studies graphic design and print making at Florida Atlantic University. He has completed an internship at First Class Alliance and he currently designs for Revolution Live and Iron Forge Press. You can contact Merle at INFO@MECIII.COM or to see more of his work please visit MECIII.COM.
D.P. Clark is a mediocre auctioneer and antiquities researcher.
Jessica Cohn-Kleinberg is a junior majoring in English with a focus in creative writing. She started writing at the ripe old age of eight in order to entertain her family and hasn't stopped since. Sometimes, she still writes stories about princesses and fairies when no one is looking.
Robert Corrao was born, and spent most of his life, in New York City. There, he was constantly exposed to, and inspired by, many cultures, personalities, inspirational teachers and mentors. This shaped him as an artist from an early age.
Mario Corsaro is a full-time poet who writes every chance he gets and this is his first appearance in Coastlines. He is a recent Psychology graduate from Florida Atlantic University and is currently in pursuit of his Masters of Social Work.
Erin Cunningham is an English major in her second year at FAU. She hopes to pursue creative writing and is very excited to have her first piece of fiction published!
Amanda Davis is from South Florida, and when she is not a photographer for the University Press, she is experimenting with black and white photography.
Nick Day is an English major graduate from Florida Atlantic University and currently resides in Boynton Beach, Florida. He is a full-time, accomplished musician and the drummer for the band “Leading the Heroes.”
Kelly De Stefano earned an MFA from the creative writing program at FAU. She studied fiction and has had a poem published in Coastlines as an undergraduate at FAU.
Daniel Dickey spends his time building spaceships, writing jokes, eating chocolate, and drawing fake dragon tattoos on his face. He enjoys all aspects of the arts and hopes to spend his life in and around uninhibited creatively and/or beautiful women. Read more about him at his blog: www.DanielDickey.com.
As a graphic design major and treasurer of FAU's Graphic Design Club, Dan Duarte spends his spare time freelancing. Specializing in photo collage, digital imaging, and photo illustration, Dan has worked with many artists in the music industry including Methodman and Redman. To see more of his work please visit www.danduartedesign.com.
Laura Gayle Fallon moved to South Florida almost a decade ago to study literature. However, her small hometown in Southern Ohio still dominates most of her poetry. “Summer in Ohio” was inspired by the recent passing of a high school friend.
Jena Favinger earned a BA in English in 2012 from FAU. She plans on full-time traveling while continuing to experiment with writing and photography.
Victoria Fedden graduated with an MFA in Poetry in the summer of 2009. She recently had two poems published in Revelry; her poem, "Sickness," received honorable mention for the Thomas Burnett Swann poetry prize. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband.
Aj Ferguson (MFA, '10) makes his home in South Florida. You can keep up with his most recent projects and misadventures at: Aj-Ferguson.com.
Betty Feuerberg worked as a court stenographer for more than 20 years before she sold her business and began taking classes at FAU. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in English with a concentration in British and American Literature.
Misoo Filan is a first-year graduate student studying studio art. Her paintings are emotional self-portraits. She believes each one of them contains her soul and reflects her life.
Africa Fine is an FAU alumnus and associate professor of English and literature at Palm Beach Community College in Boca Raton. Fine has published four novels, including
Katrina, Becoming Maren, Looking for Lily
. She recently completed her fifth novel,
to be published in 2010.
Janna Renee Fowler is from sunny and historical Pensacola , Florida. She moved to South Florida to attend FAU and graduated December 2008 with a BA in English.
Gaia Gallinaro was born and raised in Florence, Italy. She moved to Florida three years ago to attend FAU. She is majoring in interdisciplinary social sciences and studio art.
Janelle Garcia recently earned a creative writing MFA from FAU. She writes fiction and has published short stories in Quiddity, The Binnacle, and Grasslimb Journal.
Tracey Gayle was born in Miami and raised in various states/countries. She aspires to be a professor.
Before attending FAU, Clay Goldstein traveled the country and world as a musician (harmonica/vocals), including several USO tours. He also facilitates the ropes/challenge courses here at FAU and at Florida International University.
Alexandria Gray is a graduate student who studies speculative fiction. She brings lip balm and a camera on every journey.
Mike Gray is the nom de plume for the author of the same name. He is currently refining his approach to anonymity.
Kelly Ann Gregorio is by nature an optimistic thinker and writer of nonfiction. She graduated from FAU with an MFA in the spring of 2011.
After his third expulsion from college, Francis L. Giunta is homeless and broke in New York City and considering his prospects in piracy. What fun!
Raul Guizzo draws on his multi-cultural background—which includes Uruguay, the United States, and Luxembourg—to address and attempt to resolve issues of identity in this increasingly globalized world community.
Mia Hansen is an aspiring Elementary Education major with a passion for graphic design and photography.
Rebecca Harthcock is a half-Mexican Texan who cheers for the Longhorns even when she can’t understand the rules to the games. She has five younger siblings and a beta fish named Benji who acts like a dog.
Michelle Hasler is currently working toward her MFA in creative nonfiction with a specialty in narrative science writing. She is convinced that her best ideas come from the pressure of looming deadlines, so she embraces her inclination toward procrastination. With an affinity for culture and travel, she hopes to live in a number of different countries throughout her lifetime.
Kimberly Heise is a student at FAU pursuing a BFA in painting.
Jacob Henson concluded his MFA in creative writing and tenure at Florida Atlantic University. Jacob is the recipient of the 2008 Thomas Burnett Swann Memorial Scholarship and has published numerous pieces of fiction as well as nonfiction and plays in FAU’s literary journal, Coastlines.
Megan Hesse is a native Floridian and a graduate of FAU, currently working towards an MFA in fiction. None of this is true – she is actually Batman.
Born in Oklahoma and proud of her Midwestern roots, Erin Hobbie completed a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. She enjoys compiling soundtracks for the pieces she writes and stands on the conviction that being a nonfiction writer is like being an American Picker: you have to love scouring "the country's junkyards, barns, and basements for hidden gems."
Mary Ann Hogan is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction. She cooks and raises ducks. She doesn't cook the ducks.
Leah Honarbakhsh is an aspiring nonfiction writer pursuing a Bachelor’s degree as an English major and History minor at FAU. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, playing with her cat and gaming. After she graduates with her BA, she plans to pursue a graduate degree, hopefully at either Princeton or Yale Universities.
Avia Huisman is a PhD candidate in Comparative Studies with a concentration in Environmental Psychology. The desire to share the obvious and not so obvious beauty in the world around her is one of the passions driving her to capture the world through the lens of a camera.
Adella Irizarry is a rare bird, an MAT in the graduate English department at FAU. She works both as a college writing teaching assistant and a writing consultant. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing. Arithmetic? Not quite as much.
Christopher Irving is a graduate student at FAU, seeking his Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. He is also a GTA with the Department of English and the treasurer of the English Graduate Student Society. With a background in both literature and film, his work usually involves either off-beat or sardonic fiction with occasional trysts into the science fiction and fantasy realms. Hoping to strike some balance between teaching literature, creative writing, and film, Christopher aims to continue broadening his literary and writing horizons by way of conferences, workshops, his peers, and his own dedication to his writing.
Mary Regine Joseph’s art speaks for those who are afraid to speak for themselves.
Vanessa Michele Salmon Kaplan teaches environmental science, rhetoric, and literature, has degrees in economics, philosophy, and fiction writing, considers herself a poet and critical theorist, and is a doctoral candidate at FAU. She also plays bass for Meow Meow Index.
Dan Kennard earned a degree in Secondary English Education from FAU in 2007 and earned his MFA 2011. Additionally, as a former place-kicker, he was the leading scorer for the 2005 FAU football team and encourages non-believers to Google it.
Claudia Kisielewicz is currently majoring in English at FAU. She believes someone should invent a tool to measure the speed of happiness. That is the speed at which she wants to learn to talk, walk...and someday die. Currently she enjoys traveling, composing poetry, and living off the sun’s free energy.
Mikaela von Kursell is a second-year graduate student pursuing her MFA in Fiction. She wants you to know that the ‘von’ is optional.
Melissa Landolfa is a senior graduating in May 2013, studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a minor in Sociology. She has a passion for photography and wishes to pursue photo-journalism while practicing fine art as a hobbyist. Taking a leap towards her career, she joined the staff at FAU’s University Press as a photographer in 2011. She enjoys photographing a wide range of subjects including sports, events, nature, and portraits.
Matthew Lerette is the uncut hair of graves.
Jason Levitt is a graduate student of politics and an admirer of artists and thinkers who take chances – who rebel.
Mary Long believes in the power of love between a hungry klutz and a monster man. She hopes to one day work for Hank Scorpio, and get some pocket sugar. Challenge her to a game of knucks sometime, or try her neatloaf.
Renee Long is a third-year MFA student and the digital editor for Coastlines. She’s recently become aware that she’s obsessed with the ocean and is currently working on two novellas set at sea. She’s awful at writing titles and bios, but pretty good at making eggplant rollatini and white chocolate chip cookies.
Itxaso del Olmo López was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1988. She got her BA in English Philology at the University of Deusto, Bilbao. When she graduated, she decided to move to the United States in order to pursue her academic career. She worked for one year as Spanish Instructor at the University of Mary Washington, and then started her MA in Spanish Literature at Florida Atlantic University. Currently, Itxaso is writing her MA Thesis and expects to graduate in May 2013.
Kandy G. Lopez is a portrait painter interested in nonverbal communication. She explores how posture, gesture, gaze, and dress can express a personality.
Eugenia Malioykova is a senior at FAU working towards a BFA in painting.
Toni M. Marino is an English major attending Florida Atlantic University. She writes as a way of conquering everyday frustrations, which helps her maintain a positive attitude and resilient nature.
Phil Mazzeo is primarily an executive domestic administrator; he writes stuff too. He would write a longer bio, but he has to load the dishwasher, fold his children’s clothes and write a thesis before his 4 year-old gets bored with his game and his 2 year-old wakes up from a nap.
Amber McCammon is currently a graduate student in the biology department. She has been stimulated by light and the study of life since childhood and loves to combine her love of photography and science.
Kristin McGlothlin is the visual arts editor for Coastlines. She plans to graduate this spring with an MA in English literature. Her concentration is children's literature and Edward Gorey. With a background in art history, she is elated to begin a writing career combining on art and fiction.
Monique McIntosh is an MFA student in fiction at FAU. She is inspired by the sleepless hours spent listening to things that go bump in the night. She hopes to one day write a story that she cannot read, because it gives her nightmares.
Kel McIntyre got her MFA degree in the mail yesterday. She can think of nothing nearly as exciting to report.
Khristian Mecom was born in Oklahoma, but grew up here in South Florida. She has a BA in English from FAU and an MFA in creative writing to go along with it. Previous publications include Frost Writing and Stepping Stones Magazine: ALMIA.
Adel Mettawa is a junior pursuing a degree in English.
Michelle A. M. Miller is a native Floridian who prefers snow to sand. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Georgetown University, and is currently in pursuit of a BFA from Florida Atlantic University.
Negean Mohi is a second year MFA student, the kind that talks in movies, and every song she listens to long enough to critique is literally the best song she has ever heard.
Andrea Neumann currently lives in Doral with her husband/proofreader and their three cats. Andrea discovered creative non-fiction when a friend recommended she read David Sedaris, who is now her favorite author.
Shannon O'Brien is a writer, a photographer, a bleeding heart, and a cynical optimist residing in Illinois. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Florida Atlantic University in 2009 and works as a freelance writer for her local paper. Samples of her work can be found on her website: Ink and Light .
Nicole Oquendo loves these sounds--glass breaking, ice being chewed--and also these smells--sandalwood, grass. She loves madly. She is cheating on Lucretius with Gertrude Stein. Her Latin hurts.
Donovan Ortega lives in Boca Raton with a cat named Og Mandino. He’s pretty sure everything’s gonna work out.
Michael J. Pagan holds an MFA in poetry. His previous works published by Coastlines have been "Palmistry," "Writing Surfaces," and "An Interview with Forrest Gander."
Ben Hill Parham is a second year MFA-Fiction student that sometimes aches for the bass fishing of late afternoons, the coyotes calling at night and the solitude of his beloved cabin in middle Georgia.
Matthew Parker received a BA with a major in English in December of 2008.
Kristine Parsons is a senior, finishing up a degree in Business Management and Marketing. She hopes to earn a minor in photography before graduating.
Richard Peacock is a 2009 graduate of FAU's MFA program for creative writing. He was recognized as a 2009 national finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. He's also an alumnus of the summer writing workshop sponsored by The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations. He's currently an English instructor at Bethune-Cookman University.
Kim Pekala is grateful to have served as Editor-in-Chief of Coastlines. She will graduate from the MFA program in Creative Writing in just a moment and continue to wander about teaching and writing things down. She still makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, though now they are cut into triangles by request.
Vinh Pham is a junior at FAU majoring in Spanish. He studied visual arts through middle school and high school in a magnet program. From there, he co-founded an arts advocacy organization with his colleagues called SiHKbrothers.
Nicole M. Preble is a 29 year-old graduate from Florida Atlantic University. Her degree is in English, although Nicole currently works in commercial real estate finance (this is an enigma). Somewhere in the space of that spectrum, Nicole enjoys the whispers in coffee smoke as well as fulfilling her duties as mommy and witness to Jazzy, her pug.
Simone Maria Puleo received an M.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University and is currently working as an adjunct professor at Broward College. His writing has appeared previously in The Wide Net, The Journal of American Culture, and The Ish. During his time at FAU, peers secretly called him a “dwarf dragon” and often imagined him in front of the mirror, naked, centered with knees bent, engaged in repetitive punching motions, while yelling “Nietzsche, Nietzsche!” over and over again as a sort of empowering mantra.
Christopher J. Pumphrey was born in Hollywood, Florida, the second born of the second generation of Italian-American immigrants. He earned an M.F.A. in fiction from Florida Atlantic University in April, 2009.
Kalynina Queiroz is a junior majoring in civil engineering. Photography is her passion. It makes her stop, capture, and magnify the life around her.
Mark Ragoonathsingh is a senior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing the BFA degree with a concentration in Painting. Mark shows great interest in many forms of art-making from sculpture, installations, design, video, and film, and hopes one day to leave a ‘mark’ on the world.
Deanna Ramcharan is eighteen years old and has been involved in photography for the past five years. She enjoys the many aspects of the art form and plans on it being a part of her career in the future.
Sahar Rehman is originally from Pakistan and moved to Boca Raton at the age of nine. She’s passionate about painting, photography, and writing poetry. She earned an MFA in Poetry at FAU, and in the future would like to teach and continue to write poetry and memoir.
Ian Rice is a first year MFA-Poetry candidate. After graduating back in the day (2006), he taught abroad for a stretch (2.5 years) in Magyarország. If anyone wants to chat about ESL and living abroad then he’d be happy to do so.
Pamela Rossow is a native SoFlo-idian who is passionate about words, her children, and green, growing things. She has a BA in Sociology from FAU and is working on a second BA in English with an emphasis in rhetoric. Moon halos, buzzing cicada, wet bark, eccentric people, and blue sea glass are known to mesmerize her, and prose ensues much to her delight.
Tamanna Rumin was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and moved to Florida at the age of nine. She is a full-time student at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a double major in English and Interdisciplinary major in Arts and Humanities. She devotes her free time to taking pictures of affectionate scenery and life images, especially from foreign countries.
Gina Russo is a studio art student at FAU Boca. This photo was taken during an adventure in Dublin, Ireland, and thus combines her two greatest passions: art and travel.
cindyschwarz started experimenting with fiction whenever she thought about it. Then did it. On a trip to Alaska, she decided she’d go to Iceland or Ireland. Either way, it could be a letter to friends.
Christopher Selvarajah is a former Motorola Embedded DSP computer engineer but in recent years turned his pursuits toward the arts, which earned him a Bachelor's degree in music from Florida Atlantic University where he specialized in film scoring, composition, and audio engineering. Christopher, however, feels equally comfortable hanging around the halls of the English department where he hopes to pursue an MFA degree in creative writing, ultimately aspiring to realize his ambitions of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter and composer. Currently, Christopher and his wife, Dana, run Ankhara Yoga Studios from Hypoluxo and Manalapan.
Mary Sheffield teaches, writes, performs in the band Zombies! Organize!! and lives in South Florida with her husband, sister, their four cats, one bird, and one hamster (there were once two, but that is a sad and bloody tale).
Catherine Shelton is a native Floridian; completing her MFA in Fiction at FAU, utilizing the styles of meta-fiction, experimental fiction, and graphic narrative transadaptation. She works as a freelance writer for very little money, and volunteers as a proofreader for cosmic brownie points.
Mike Shier is a third-year MFA in creative nonfiction and will be graduating in May 2012. Or at least he thinks he is.
Maggy Shirley is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her daughters, reading, writing, and crafting.
For Robert Slattery, every moment is full of gaiety, joy, ecstasy, and revelry—always. It's just bliss, bliss, bliss, all the time. He graduated with an MFA in creative writing in 2011.
Donna Olivia Sprauer graduated from FAU with a B.A. in English on December 10, 2010. Donna Olivia is a poet known by many names including Donna, Olivia, and Liv, but has learned from her pomos that identity is mutable anyway, just another word game.
Emilija Stanic enjoys reading trashy, violent novels set in the American South. She is currently working up the courage to try out for the local roller derby league.
Elizabeth R. Straight is a 31-year-old Mississippi Gulf Coast native. She is a highly respected and accomplished spoken word artist, having ranked 7th in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2007. She took first place at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 2003 and again in 2008. She will graduate in May 2012 with a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing. She currently resides in West Palm Beach with her fiance Matthew and her infant daughter, Alora Michelle.
Patricia Straub lives in Boca Raton with her husband, fiction writer Joshua Wilkes, and cats Pinchie and Daisy. She hopes to move back to the Midwest after completing her MFA in poetry.
Caryn Suhr is halfway through her MFA program in fiction. When she is not in Florida, Caryn Suhr spends her summers in middle Georgia hanging out with a cat named Fancy. She is currently working on a short story collection for her thesis.
Jake Syersak is a first-year MFA candidate at FAU with a focus in poetry. His most recent work has appeared in Elimae, Revolution House, and Birdfeast. He is a folk music, punk rock, and avante-garde geek.
Sebastian Terneus was born in Quito, Ecuador and raised in South Florida. He is currently completing his MA in English at Florida Atlantic University. He aspires to one day meet Bob Dylan, live in Paris, and become an astronaut.
Cimmerian Urbanek is a misfit, rebel, ne’er-do-well, madwoman who is currently skirting the edge of the lacuna that we call life. This lost little grrrl is developing wrinkles in real-time while pursuing three degrees at FAU. She is an activist for those who have been silenced and serves as head of the South Florida affiliate of Mindfreedom International.
Matthew Vega is an undergraduate completing his bachelor’s degree in English. He hopes to live in New York City someday but not before he satisfies his (seemingly) insatiable appetite for travel. Besides writing, he really enjoys listening to good music, being with good friends, and cooking even better food in his spare time.
Sasha Verbetsky was born in Ukraine but was raised in Detroit. Because of her culture, Russian was her first language. Her family moved to South Florida one year before she began high school and she still visits the Motor City often. It seems she lives a split-life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way: she loves the two very different regions and it helps her find inspiration.
Erick Verran studied English at FAU and received an award. Currently, he is bike touring in Europe. He plans to study aesthetic philosophy in graduate school.
Justin Waldron writes and plays music as well as some other things. He almost has an MFA in creative writing.
Courtney Watson is a journalist and writer who recently completed her MFA at Florida Atlantic University. She lives in Wellington.
Elizabeth Whitton is a professional photographer working in South Florida. She is currently studying multimedia communication at FAU, and her photography has been featured in several galleries.
Scott Wood's previous editorial work includes the literary magazines Grub Street (Towson University) and Connections (College of Southern Maryland). He holds an MFA in creative writing from FAU.
Kari Woolsey graduated in fall 2011 with a BFA in studio art and is currently a non-degree seeking student at FAU. She is a functional potter gathering inspiration from her own personal heritage. Detailed carvings containing flora and fauna adorn her vessels, delivering calm and nourishing narratives.
Dylan Leslie Wright recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He loves to write and hopes to make it as a well-known poet or novelist in the future.
Karla Yvette enjoys ornithology, subplots with subplots, and simple carbohydrates. She hopes to one day make a living writing about ghosts, monsters, or something equally impractical.
Cory Zimmerman doesn't understand much; he understands a few things--and thus, everything. If that made sense, you also know Cory enjoys nature, thinking, and assorted stuff. And if that made sense, then Cory doesn't understand you at all.