Fresh Picked Prose

Sundays at 5:18 pm

Along with cotton and corn, pecans and pines, the rich soil of north Florida is good for writers. At Florida State University, we raise a good crop every year: memoirists, short story writers, essayists, novelists, journalists, cross-over poets--it's a delicious mix. Some of these young practitioners are doing degrees in Creative Writing; some aren't. Some have published; some haven't--yet. A few will become famous. Have a listen on Sundays at 5.18 pm and be astonished at how much luxuriant growth can be packed into a two-minute story.

Laurel Lathrop is a first-year PhD student in Creative Writing at FSU. She got her MFA from Cornell University. She has lived in California, Paris, Mexico City, Prague, Singapore, and New York City, but this is her first experience living in the South.

Eric Schlich is a Ph.D candidate in fiction at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the current Production Editor and Assistant Nonfiction Editor for The Southeast Review. He earned his MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Schlich completed a BA in English and Spanish at the University of Kentucky. He is a recipient of the Kingsbury Fellowship at FSU.

Calvin Umeozor got his B.A. in English from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria where he won the C. E. Nnolim Prize. He is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Florida State University.

Casey Whitworth is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Florida State University. He'd like to thank you for listening.

Kate Kimball is a PhD student in Fiction at Florida State University.  Her work has appeared in Kestrel, Ellipsis, The Hawaii Review, Weber, and Arcadia, among others.  Her novel was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  She has worked over 50 jobs, many at the same time, and is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.  Her work draws on many of these experiences.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Visiting Faculty at FSU is an Ohio native. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades and many other literary magazines.

Sakinah Hofler is from Newark, New Jersey. She is an MFA candidate at Florida State University where she serves as Assistant Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. She is also a 2015-2016 recipient of the Kingsbury Fellowship. Besides fiction, she loves writing poetry and screenplays.

Misha Rai was born in Sonepat, Haryana and brought up in India. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University where she served as Assistant Fiction Editor for the Mid-American Review. At present she is pursuing her PhD at Florida State University and is the Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review. She is a regular contributor to The Missouri Review blog. Her prose has appeared in the Indiana Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She has work forthcoming in the Crab Orchard Review. She is currently at work on her debut novel. 

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Visiting Faculty at FSU is an Ohio native. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades and many other literary magazines.

Leah F. Cassorla, MFA, MA, PhD candidate at Florida State University.

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