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FAU President and First Lady Announce Winners of   2008 Creative Writing Awards

BOCA RATON, FL (May 12, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University President Frank T. Brogan ’81 and first lady Courtney Brogan recently announced the 2008 winners of the Frank and Courtney Brogan Creative Writing Awards at a reception at FAU’s Eleanor R. Baldwin House. The winning pieces were selected from the 2007 edition of FAU’s literary magazine, Coastlines. A committee, which included Courtney Brogan and members of a local book club, chose the winners from finalists nominated by faculty in the department of English in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.  

 “Frank and I, along with FAU’s talented and dedicated faculty members, are extremely proud of the continued quality of Coastlines submissions,” said Courtney Brogan.  “These awards were created to champion the creative writing process as a core component of human dialogue.  This year’s award winning pieces provide answers to the timeless questions of who we are and who we wish to be.”

Liz Rodriques won in the poetry category for her poem “Unproven,” Cora Bresciano won in the fiction category for her short story “The Mermaid,” and Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi won in the non-fiction category for her short story “Prune Face.”   Each award is accompanied by a $500 scholarship.  

Elizabeth Rodriques is in her second year of the MFA in creative writing program at FAU.   Her undergraduate degree is from Kenyon College in Ohio, where she received an American Academy of Poets prize.   Rodriques is from Michigan and currently lives in Boca Raton.

Cora Bresciano graduated with an MFA in creative writing in December 2007.   She is originally from New York but has been living in South Florida for the past 20 years.   Bresciano currently lives in West Palm Beach.   Her undergraduate degree was in music education, and she has worked as a teacher, a theatrical music director and a playwright/composer of children’s musicals.   Bresciano has been the grant writer for Florida Stage in Manalapan for the past 13 years and is currently working on a young adult novel called “The Tivolobenny Adventures: Being the Mostly Magical (Nearly Unbelievable) and Astonishing Quest of Young Jane and Quentin Tivolobenny.”            

Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi is a second-year Ph.D. student in the comparative studies program and hopes to continue her work with racial, gender and educational issues concerning the Mexican population in the United States.   She is a native of San Antonio, Texas and currently lives in Wellington. Dominguez-Karmi was the recipient of a doctoral research fellowship from the Institute of Museum and Library Services last fall and presented a performance based on her research in the special collections department at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale.   She has also been co-writing and producing segments for a radio project entitled, “Voices of Race and Change,” which is featured online on FAU's Internet radio station, Wavelengths, at   Dominguez-Karmi’s true interest lies in working on oral histories gathered from minority communities.

For more information on FAU’s creative writing program or to receive the newest issue of Coastlines, call FAU’s department of English at 561-297-2973.


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