The New College of Florida writer-in-residence program brings a published writer to campus each spring to teach classes and hold workshops for students interested in creative writing. The writer-in-residence also gives public readings in the community.

Sarah Gerard
Sarah Gerard

2018-2019 Writer-In-Residence

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection “Sunshine State,” a New York Times critics’ choice, the novel “Binary Star,” a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks.

Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies.

She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, and Ucross. She writes a column for Hazlitt.

2018 Events

Dear New College faculty and students,

I’m reaching out as this year’s Writer-in-Residence to invite you to several events I’ve organized in conjunction with your peers. These are free and open to the public. I hope to see you at one or more of them.

All About Love: An Evening with Geoff Bouvier and New College creative writing students
Oct. 30, 5 p.m., at Bookstore 1 Sarasota, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota 34236

The poet Geoff Bouvier will be headlining a reading by New College students. The theme of the reading is love. This event grows out of my “Anti-Love Stories” class and will be organized by its students. Bouvier is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa. Learn more here.

Marriage of a Thousand Lies: Reading and Signing by SJ Sindu
Nov. 5, 2018, 6 p.m., in the College Hall Music Room

Novelist SJ Sindu will be reading and signing books. Sindu’s novel “Marriage of a Thousand Lies” won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was named an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Learn more here.

Bonfire Reading with Patty Yumi Cottrell and New College creative writing students
Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at Brant’s Books, 429 N Lime Ave, Sarasota 34237

Novelist Patty Yumi Cottrell will be headlining a bonfire reading by New College students at Brant’s Used Books, in Sarasota. This is a reading of political works, and grows out of my “Identity in the 21st Century” writing workshop. It is organized by that workshop’s students. Learn more here.

The Blurry Years: Reading and Signing by author Eleanor Kriseman
Nov. 14, 2018, 6 p.m., in the College Hall Music Room

Novelist Eleanor Kriseman will be reading and signing books in the College Hall Music Room. Kriseman is a Tampa native and “The Blurry Years,” set in Florida, is her first book. She’s now a social worker in New York City. Learn more here.

Finally, in an effort to boost the number of New College students who attend literary events, and participation in Tampa Bay literary culture in general, I’ve compiled a living calendar of upcoming literary events. Please feel free to share this list, and let me know if you would like anything added to it!

Tampa Bay Literary Events, Fall 2018 – Spring 2019


I look forward to getting to know you all better over the coming year. Please reach out if you’d like to share ideas or coffee.


Sarah Gerard

Previous Writers-in-Residence

Sandy Pool,
Fall 2017-2018 — Sandy is a poet who works in many genres including for stage and screen. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections and a chapbook. Her first collection, “Exploding Into Night” (Guernica Editions) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for English language poetry,  Canada’s most prestigious literary award.

Her second full-length collection, “Undark: An Oratorio” (Nightwood Editions) was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for the best book of poetry in the province of Ontario, an Alberta Book Award, and the Toronto Emerging Artist award administered by the Toronto Arts Foundation.  A series of librettos she wrote were performed by Tapestry New Opera Works in Toronto, and featured on NPR radio.

Her writing has been translated into French, Spanish and Japanese, and appears in more than 50 magazines, journals and anthologies in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan including The Cordite Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Arc Magazine, and The Capilano Review. She holds a Visiting Scholar position at the University of Calgary, and offered both semester courses and a January term workshop at New College in 2017-2018.

Reggie Scott Young, Spring 2017— who was until 2015, a member of the University of Louisiana Lafayette English faculty. He taught courses in creative writing courses (poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction), as well as American literature, contemporary poetry, a Blues literature course, various other courses in American ethnic literatures, and modern fiction at the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

He is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop and his poems and stories have appeared in Louisiana Literature, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Oxford American, The Christian Imagination: Essays on Literature and Writing, African American Review, The Christian Century, and the West Side Stories anthology.

Lenore Myka, Spring 2016 —  Lenore Myka is the author of King of the Gypsies: Stories, winner of the 2014 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. She is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Her fiction has been selected as distinguished by The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading series, and has appeared in New England Review, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, West Branch, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others.

Michael Tod Edgerton, Spring 2015 — Michael Tod Edgerton is the author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink 2013). His poems have appeared as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review poetry contests, and in Coconut, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, EOAGH, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Sonora Review, and Word For/Word, among other journals.

Adam Davies, Spring 2014 — Adam Davies is the author of the novels The Frog King, Goodbye Lemon and the comic-crime thriller, Mine, All Mine. His nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, and he has appeared on NPR and A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts.”

Shira Dentz, Spring 2012 and Spring 2013 — Shira Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman Books), a book of poems that was nominated for the PEN/Osterweil Award 2011. She is also the author of a chapbook, Leaf Weather (Tilt Press), and door of thin skins, a forthcoming book from CavanKerry Press. Her poems and stories have appeared in many journals such as American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, jubilat and Brooklyn Rail. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, The Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Prior to her current role as reviews editor for Drunken Boat, Dentz was the poetry co-editor of Quarterly West. In addition to writing and teaching, Dentz is also a freelance graphic artist. (Courses at New College: Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry Workshop).

Adam Davies, Spring 2011 — Adam Davies is the author of the novels The Frog King, Goodbye Lemon and the comic-crime thriller, Mine, All Mine. His nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, and he has appeared on NPR and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.

Wendy Call, Spring 2010 — Something of an itinerant writer-in-residence, Wendy Call has done residencies at a school for visual artists, a hospital, a national park and a historical library. She has taught creative writing to college students at Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle University as well as to high school students, library goers, recent immigrants, Mexican and U.S. journalists, and prisoners. While Wendy writes almost exclusively nonfiction, she translates fiction and poetry from Spanish. She co-edited an anthology about how to write literary journalism, Telling True Stories (2007), and wrote a book about Mexican villages and globalization, published in 2011.

Sandy Florian, Spring 2009 — Of Colombian and Puerto Rican descent, Sandy Florian was born in New York and raised in Latin America. She is the author of Telescope (Action Books), 32 Pedals & 47 Stops (Tarpaulin Sky Press), The Tree of No(Action Books), Prelude to Air From Water (Elixir Press) and On Wonderland & Waste (Sidebrow Press). She has been awarded residencies at Caldera Arts, Stonehouse and the Vermont Studio Center as well as literary prizes from Elixir Press, New Voices and Brown University. Sandy lives in San Francisco where she is an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts and teaches writing classes at the Hayes Valley Writing Center. She also works as one of the “other” editors forTarpaulin Sky Journal.

Catherine Daly, Spring 2008 — An Illinois Scholar at Trinity College and Merit Fellow at Columbia University, Catherine Daly has worked as a technical architect, officer in a Wall Street investment bank, engineer supporting the space shuttle orbiter, software developer for motion picture studios and teacher. She lives in Los Angeles and is the author of DaDaDaand Locket.

Nick Carbo, Spring 2007 — Nick Carbo is the author of three books of poetry, El Grupo McDonald’s (1995), Secret Asian Man (2000) and Andalusian Dawn (2004). He lives in Miami, Fla., with his poet wife Denise Duhamel.

Jennifer S. Davis, 2005-06 Academic Year — Jennifer Davis is the author of Her Kind of Want (Iowa Short Fiction Award, 2002) and Our Former Lives in Art (Short Stories, 2007). She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Alabama.

Lenore Hart, Spring 2005 — Lenore Hart is a native Floridian with degrees from University of Central Florida (BA) and Florida State University (MSLS) in addition to her MFA from Old Dominion University in Virginia. In addition to her time as writer-in-residence at New College, she has taught writing at Flagler College, Old Dominion University and Wilkes University. She is the author of Becky: The Lives and Loves of Becky Thatcher (2008), The Treasure of Savage Island(Young Adult, 2005), Waterwoman (2002) and Ordinary Springs (2005), which is set in 1950s Florida. Her novel Raven’s Bride was published in 2011.

Bette Pesetsky, Spring 2004 — Bette Pesetsky is a short story writer and novelist whose books include Stories Up to a Point (1982), Author of a Savage People (1983), Digs (1985), Midnight Sweets (1989), Confessions of a Bad Girl (1990),The Late Night Muse (1991) and Cast a Spell (1993). At New College, she taught a course on the essay.

Matthew Sharpe, Spring 2003 — Matthew Sharpe is the author of the novels You Were Wrong (2010), Jamestown (2008),The Sleeping Father (2003), Nothing Is Terrible (2000) and Stories from the Tube (1998) as well as essays and nonfiction. In addition to New College, he has taught at Columbia and Wesleyan Universities, Bard College and in New York City public schools.

Liesl Litzenberger, Spring 2001 — Liesl Litzenberger is author of Now You Love Me (2007) and The Widower (2006). Born in Petoskey, Mich., she writes “I’ve always loved stories — written or spoken. As a child, I liked to listen to people talk, the way each person put his or her life into words, the way things were described or made funny or made sad, depending on who was doing the talking. I was a big eavesdropper. Later, as an adult, I’d remember something I’d heard someone say years before and think ‘So that’s what that meant.'”