S262. What I Found in Florida: Essays From the Sunshine State

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This reading will feature five writers whose essays appear in the What I Found in Florida anthology, forthcoming from University Press of Florida (2018). Travel with these authors to a nature preserve in the panhandle, a Miami neighborhood beset by crime, and a centuries-old city in the path of a hurricane. In their works, Florida is not only a backdrop but also a character—one that inspires meditations on motherhood, the meaning of home, the passage of time, and the future of our planet.


Jim Ross is managing editor at the Ocala Star-Banner, an adjunct at the University of Florida, and an essayist. His essays have appeared in multiple journals including The Eastern Iowa Review and Clockhouse Review. Two were listed as notable essays in The Best American Essays (2015 and 2016.)

Jill Christman is the author of two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction winner) and Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood. She teaches nonfiction writing in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA and at Ball State University.

Corey Ginsberg’s nonfiction has been listed as a Notable in the Best American Essays and her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook Bowling in the Bumper Lane is forthcoming. Ginsberg works as a freelance writer and a writing consultant at Florida International University.

Katelyn Keating is the fifth editor in chief of Lunch Ticket, the journal of the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community. She will complete her MFA at AULA in 2017, and join the 2017 USC/LARB Publishing Workshop cohort. Her essays and book reviews appear or are forthcoming in various journals.

Lucy Bryan is a teacher, adventurer, and nature writer. Her essays, reviews, and short fiction have appeared in various literary journals and magazines. She has an MFA from Penn State, and she teaches science and research writing at James Madison University, where she is faculty in the Writing Center.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside