Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free of charge.

Fall 2018



TA Workshop: Spotlight on CRW 1101 and CRW 2100: Beginning Fiction Writing, Fiction Writing
Wednesday, 5 September, Period 7: 1:55-2:45 pm in Dauer Hall 215

Featuring Professor David Leavitt
Evan Grillon, MFA candidate
Kevin Mulligan, MFA candidate
Marsha Sasmor, MFA Candidate


MarketWise Professional Development Workshop: CRC, CVs, and Cover Letters
Friday, 7 September. 3pm in the Career Resource Center in Reitz Union

The workshop will involve the following:

For more information, contact


MFA@FLA alumna Marianne Kunkel reads from her book of poems Hillary, Made Up at Third House Books, 7 PM


MFA@FLA's new fiction faculty members, Uwem Akpan and Camille Bordas, will read in Ustler Hall at 7:30 PM


MarketWise: Research Statement
3:00 pm, Monday 1 October, Career Resource Center at the Reitz Union

I'll be presenting on the research statement, a document that is often solicited of candidates who have made the first cut in the job process. Please know, however, that you are more than welcome to attend this workshop even if you're not currently on the job market: many of the suggestions I'll be giving may be useful, for example, to those of you who are applying for grants and fellowships. Since I suspect this will be a smaller meeting than the earlier one, there will be time to discuss your individual research statements: if you're interested in workshopping a document, please send it to by Wednesday, 26 September.


MarketWise: A Career in Academic and Literary Editing
A Working Lunch with Kim Robinson-Walcott 12:30 pm, Tuesday 9 October, Dauer Hall 215

Dr. Robinson-Walcott will discuss her career as an editor of academic journals and books as well as of literary manuscripts. She will also provide advice for scholars submitting manuscripts.

Open to the public and co-sponsored by the Department of English, George A. Smathers libraries, and Center for Latin American Studies
(Please RSVP to and by 30 September to reserve lunch and indicate dietary restrictions.)


"Black Man Time Now!" Race, Class and Culture in 1970s Jamaica
Kim Robinson-Walcott, University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica
4:00 pm, Tuesday 9 October, Scott Nygren Studio, Library West

Kim Robinson-Walcott, PhD, is editor/head of Caribbean Quarterly, University of the West Indies, Mona. She is also the editor of Jamaica Journal, published by the Institute of Jamaica. She worked as a fiction and general trade editor for many years and worked closely with the Jamaican author Anthony C. Winkler on most of his novels. Her publications include the scholarly work Out of Order! Anthony Winkler and White West Indian Writing (University of the West Indies Press, 2006), Jamaican Art (Kingston Publishers, 1989, 2011) which she co-authored, The How to Be Jamaican Handbook (Jamrite Publications, 1988) which she co-authored and illustrated, and the children's book Dale's Mango Tree (Kingston Publishers, 1992), which she also illustrated. Her scholarly articles, book chapters, short stories and poems have been published in a number of journals and anthologies. A second illustrated children's book and a short story collection are forthcoming.

Slavery ended in Jamaica in 1838, but true emancipation, from mental slavery, is still a work in progress. In the 179 years since 1838 there has been a slow and (un)steady evolution of black pride and self-esteem, but there have been a number of pivotal moments in Jamaica's history where there has been a jolt in awareness—for example, 1865; 1938; the mid-1960s. The 1970s in Jamaica offered one such moment. Riding on the wave of the Black Is Beautiful, Black Power, Back-to-Africa movements of the 1960s, the PNP swept into power in 1972 with an agenda of social and economic empowerment for the poor majority—an agenda which, given the conflation of race and class in Jamaica, equates to black empowerment. A corollary to that agenda was a valorisation of the African-originated folk culture lived by the black majority as opposed to the European-derived culture promoted by the colonial rulers.

That agenda, however, was not perfect in its execution. Considering a selection of literary works written by Jamaicans in or about the 1970s such as Anthony C. Winkler's Going Home to Teach, Brian Meeks's Paint the Town Red and Margaret Cezair-Thompson's The True History of Paradise, and drawing on as well as Colin A. Palmer's insightful analysis of the divided Afrocentric/Eurocentric Jamaican identity as expressed in his Inward Yearnings (as well as Rex Nettleford's Caribbean Cultural Identity), in this paper I examine some of the complications and shortcomings of the PNP's execution of its vision, and more critically the shortcomings and contradictions of the Jamaican population itself, from the perspectives of these writers. Finally, I suggest that with the ouster of the PNP from power in 1980, Jamaican race/class relations quickly reverted to the status quo position of white economic power/black subservience, white exclusivity, and externally as well as internally imposed black denigration. 1980, indeed, would prove to be another pivotal moment, signifying not only the end of the socialist experiment in Jamaica and the abortion of "black man time now", but also a loss of idealism and a growth of cynicism and a self-serving pragmatism, disturbing features which have continued to mushroom and to scar the Jamaican psycho-social landscape up to the present day.

Open to the public and co-sponsored by the Department of English, George A. Smathers libraries, and Center for Latin American Studies


2018 Florida Writers Festival.

2018 Writers Festival Poster

The sixty-ninth annual Florida Writers Festival will feature the poets Henri Cole and Cynthia Zarin, the essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan, and the fiction writer Rebecca Curtis. The authors will read from their works and hold informal talks. All events will take place in the Ustler Hall Atrium, on the University of Florida campus and will be free and open to the public.

The festival, which is concluding its sixth decade, is presented by the 2019 class of MFA@FLA, the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English, University of Florida, and sponsored by The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research. It is made possible by generous donations from Terry and Dorothy Smiljanich and the Office of the Provost of the University of Florida.

For further information please contact Gardner Mounce ( and see: 2018 Writers Festival


Readings 8 p.m., Friday, October 26th
Ustler Hall Atrium

Craft Talks 1 p.m., Saturday, October 27th
Ustler Hall Atrium

Readings 8 p.m., Saturday, October 27th
Ustler Hall Atrium


Coffee and Conversation with Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumnus Ari Luxenberg, English '03. 10:30-11:30am Farrior Hall, 2nd Floor. For more information, see flyer.


MFA@FLA alumnus Eric Smith reads from his debut book of poems, Black Hole Factory, at the Bull at 8 PM



TA Workshop: Teaching Emily Dickinson
Friday, November 30, 4:00pm in Department Seminar Room

Featuring Professors Ange Mlinko and Marsha Bryant
Sonnet Graham, MFA candidate
Ashley Tisdale, PhD candidate

Spring 2019


Digital Assembly Symposium 2019 UF Digital Assembly


Plotting the Garden: Politics and Narrative in the Literature and Culture of the Garden conference organized by Dr. Judith W. Page (English) and Dr. Victoria Pagan (Classics)