S246. Critical Mass: How to Organize a Hot Literary Scene Wherever You Are

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Orlando is known for its theme parks and traffic, but less so for its literary community. Five members of this city’s lit scene talk about how they’ve helped to create a flourishing writing community through their college’s English departments, curated reading series, strange podcasts, literary magazines, and local literary press.


Danita Berg directs the English department at Full Sail University and is the founder and nonfiction editor for Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. She coedited Creative Composition with Multilingual Matters and she has published in Redivider, Literary Mama, and Black Market Review, among others.

Lisa Roney is editor in chief of The Florida Review and Aquifer: TFR Online. She is author of Sweet Invisible Body (memoir); The Best Possible Bad Luck (poetry); and craft guide Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres, and is associate professor of English at University of Central Florida.

John King earned an MFA in fiction writing from New York University in 2010, and a PhD in literature from Purdue University in 2003. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Palooka, Turnrow, and others. He is the host of The Drunken Odyssey: A Podcast About the Writing Life.

Susan Fallows is nonfiction editor at Burrow Press and serves as series editor for The Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Award. She earned an MFA from the University of Central Florida in 2007, and her work has appeared in 15 Views of Orlando Volume II, Organization & Environment and The Southern Review.

J. Bradley is the author of The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective, and the Yelp review prose collection Pick How You Will Revise a Memory. He received his MFA from Lindenwood University. He ran the Broken Speech Poetry Slam from 2001–2011. He currently runs There Will Be Words.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside