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.

Misha Buchanon is a 20-year-old transfer student at FSU, hailing from one of the most enigmatic and unsettlingly "Florida" places in Florida: Polk county. They have been writing as a hobby for a little over 12 years, with a Bachelors degree in creative writing in-progress. Post-graduation, they plan to enter the JET program in order to teach English overseas before pursuing the start of their own publishing company for young adult fiction.

Skyler Evans is a dual-degree seeking student in Creative Writing and Communications at FSU. She aspires to write children's literature, and will be interning this summer with the non-profit, "First Book."

Zachary Olsen is a rising Senior, studying creative writing at Florida State University.

Jessye Scott is a creative writing major at FSU, where she serves as the poetry editor for The Kudzu Review. Her work has previously been published in The Quotable and she was the winner of the 2016 Florida Voices Writing Contest in prose.

Sharon Szmuc was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Miami, Florida when she was five years old. She knew she wanted to be a writer since the fourth grade and since then she began to write short stories and diary entries about her family, friends and love interests. She is currently a staff writer for Her Campus FSU and College Magazine. She is majoring in Creative Writing and Communication and Media Studies. She is graduating in Spring 2016 and hopes to continue to inspire and learn from other writers.

Fresh Picked Prose: Daniella Linares “KFC”

May 29, 2016

Daniella Linares is a 20-something year-old student at Florida State University, working on degrees in Creative Writing and History. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Creative Writing, and who knows? She might even write a book at some point. Maybe.

CD Davidson-Hiers is a junior at FSU majoring in Creative Writing and French. She's from a small rural town near Pensacola where the first red light was recently installed. Despite this making waves in the local community, CD looks more toward the future when, this summer, she will be disappearing into the French countryside.

Nick Reed “Aurora Music”

Sydney Kleckner is a junior at Florida State University majoring in Creative Writing. After graduating, she’s caring for elephants in Thailand before getting her Master’s in Social Work. This summer, she’s doing a semester abroad in Paris and now dreams about French cheese at night.

Miranda McLaughlin is a senior at Florida State studying Creative Writing and Communications. She is the Operations Manager at Club Downunder, and loves music, laughing, and fried chicken.

When I’m not in Tallahassee for classes, I live in Orlando with my family, but I was born in Buffalo, New York. I’m a Creative Writing Major and graduating senior. I write to share my experiences and to connect with others!

Olivia has Swedish parents and grew up in Norway. She is graduating from Florida State with a double major in International Affairs and Creative Writing this spring.

Stephanie Levitt is a local attorney who enjoys the respite from law that writing provides. Her work has yet to be physically published, but she invites you to remember her name for when that time comes.

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.

Zachary Gerberick is a MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Florida State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati.

Stephanie Levitt is a local attorney who enjoys the respite from law that writing provides. Her work has yet to be physically published, but she invites you to remember her name for when that time comes.

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.

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. 

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