R204. Complicating Florida

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Florida sometimes comes off as the court jester of the United States. But writing by Floridians exposes the incongruities and felicities of living in a state with such natural beauty and diverse culture but that is also infrastructurally and politically conservative. These authors—all of them Floridians—reflect in their work the complexities and contradictions of the state. This panel convenes in order to discuss how diverse writers' works can represent home's beautiful, complicated terrain.


Erika is Coffee House Press's poetry editor at large. She freelances as Quick Bread Editorial. She is formerly of the University Press of Florida and the University of Georgia Press.

Raymond McDaniel is the author of Murder (a recipient of the National Poetry Series), Saltwater Empire, Special Powers and Abilities, and The Cataracts. He is a staff writer for The Constant Critic and teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Lightsey Darst's most recent book, Thousands, came out from Coffee House Press in fall 2017. She has published two previous books with Coffee House, Find the Girl and DANCE. Her awards include National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for literature and dance criticism and a Minnesota Book Award.

M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, and Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War. She directs the MFA in creative writing at the University of Miami, and she is board member and faculty of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She has held several writing fellowships and was Ninth Letter's 2015 Award Winner in Fiction. She holds a master's in library science from FSU and is the author of Felt in the Jaw, a collection of short stories dealing with the lesbian domestic.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside