Chantel Acevedo’s novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year. Her most recent work is The Living Infinite, a novel about the Infanta Eulalia, published by Europa Editions in 2017. A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press) won the Doris Bakwin Award, and National Bronze Medal IPPY Award. Her 2015 novel, The Distant Marvels, (Europa Editions), one of Booklist's Top Ten Historical Novels of 2015 and a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Chantel has also written for young adults; her historical novel Song of the Red Cloak, uses Greek myth to weave a tale of Spartan twins. Chantel is a native of Miami who brings Cuban culture and childhood to life in non-fiction. She is currently an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program of the University of Miami. Find more information at https://www.chantelacevedo.com.
Lynne Barrett's most recent story collection, Magpies, received the Florida Book Awards fiction gold medal. Her handbook What Editors Want guides writers through the submissions process, and she has edited literary journals and anthologies, including Tigertooth: Florida Flash and the upcoming: Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida. You can find her fiction and nonfiction in New Flash Fiction Review, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Mystery Tribune, Necessary Fiction, The Miami Rail, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Flash Writing the Very Short Story!, One Year to a Writing Life, Miami Noir, and Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash. An Edgar Award recipient for best mystery story, Barrett teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and is editor of The Florida Book Review. Learn more at her website, www.LynneBarrett.com, on Twitter @LynneBarrett, or Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/LynneBarrettauthor/.
Bob Bowersox is an actor and active dramatist who writes scripts for screen and stage. His last four stage plays received professional World Premieres at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West, Florida. His film scripts have received recognition in competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowships, the Austin Film Festival, the American Screenwriting Awards, Project Greenlight, the Benderspink Big Break, and the Marco Island Film Festival. He’s had a film script optioned by a Hollywood production company and a play produced internationally in Belgium. A former reporter, columnist, television personality and magazine editor, Bob is known for his acting roles on stage in Key West and also in films such as Burn After Reading (2008), Bamboo Shark (2011) and A Perfect Murder (1998). He was a journalism graduate at the University of Delaware and received his Professional Program Masters in Screenwriting from the University of California – Los Angeles. He resides and writes full time in Key West. For more information see http://www.bobbowersoxwriter.com.
Flower Conroy is the author of the chapbooks: Facts About Snakes & Hearts (winner of Heavy Feather Press’ Chapbook Contest); The Awful Suicidal Swans; and Escape to Nowhere. She’s a scholarship recipient of Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Key West Literary Seminar. Her poetry has appeared/is forthcoming in American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Gargoyle and others. Flower is an active member of the Key West Poetry Guild, a reader for The Literary Review, and an editor of the Florida Keys-based journal, Decimos. She is the current Poet Laureate of Key West. For more information see http://www.flowerconroy.com/about.html.
John Dufresne is the author of six novels: Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, (both New York Times Notable Books of the Year) Deep in the Shade of Paradise, Requiem, Mass., No Regrets, Coyote, and I Don't Like Where This Is Going. He has also written two short story collections: The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, as well as three chapbooks: Lethe, Cupid, Time and Love; Well Enough Alone; and I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window. He has three books on writing and creativity: The Lie That Tells a Truth: a Guide to Writing Fiction, Is Life Like This?: a Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months, and Flash!: Writing the Very Short Story. John was one of the thirteen authors of the mystery novel, Naked Came the Manatee. His short story “The Timing of Unfelt Smiles” was included in Miami Noir and in Best American Mystery Stories 2007. Another short story, “The Cross-Eyed Bear,” was included in Boston Noir and Best American Mystery Stories 2010. John’s work in drama includes a full-length play, Trailerville, produced at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York in 2005. He also wrote the screenplay for the award-winning short film The Freezer Jesus. He is co-author of the screenplay for To Live and Die in Dixie with Don Papy. John was a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami. Find more information at http://johndufresne.com.
Dustin Porta is an artist, poet and writer from rural Pennsylvania who moved to the Keys to live and work on the ocean. He is the author of Pennsylvania Music, a collection of poems and short fiction about Pennsylvania's historic Oil Region. Dustin studied poetry in college but soon turned to professional sailing and science fiction. Much of his first novel, Children of Atlas, was written while living on a sailboat in the small, coastal community of Fairhope Alabama, a town known for its high concentration of writers and artists. He is also the author of a sequel, Beneath the Black Crescent and, most recently, Cast in Sand (2017), a collection of novellas. Dustin is a Beta Reader for science fiction manuscripts and is active in online communities of writers who analyze the world of digital publishing, ebooks and connections between digital, do-it-yourself publishing and traditional models in trade publishing. Dustin paints seascapes and marine life and still writes poetry. For more information see http://www.dustinporta.com.
Emily Schulten Weekley
Emily Schulten Weekley is the author of Rest in Black Haw. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, Barrow Street, and Tin House, among others. She received the 2016 Erskine J. Prize for Poetry and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Florida Keys Community College. For more information see http://emilyschulten.com.