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June 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Corey B. Collins, Camille Frazer & Gonzalo Barr


June 29, 2018
6:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134


From the Practice to Poetry and Prose – Please join us for an informative evening with our distinguished panel of Florida attorneys as they discuss the business end of writing and how to get published.  If you ever considered what it would take to become a published writer, wonder no more. This panel is just for you.


About the Panelist:

Corey B. Collins is associate general counsel at MasTec, Inc., a specialty infrastructure contractor with an international footprint based in Coral Gables, Florida. In that capacity, he negotiates complex construction contracts and manages litigation.

Collins attended college at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a dual degree in Government and Spanish in 1991. Thereafter, he spent a year working for a member of the United States House of Representatives before continuing his education at the University of Miami School of law. He graduated from law school in 1995 and has practiced law in South Florida since then.

Beyond practicing law, Collins chairs the board of directors of the James B. Collins Memorial Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization formed for the dual purpose of (1) providing scholarships to high school seniors needing financial assistance for college and (2) raising funds to further the search for a cure for cancer. He also serves on the board of directors of the St. John Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of, among other things, ensuring the availability of affordable housing in Miami’s Overtown community.

In his spare time, Collins enjoys writing short stories and running, having completed four marathons and twelve half marathons. In The Thanks You Get, published in 2017, Collins explores human behavior and the driving force behind people’s actions, encouraging his readers to contemplate whether there really is such a thing as coincidence. The Thanks You Get is Collins’ first novel.


Camille Frazer currently serves as Regional Legal Counsel for the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. Ms. Frazer has been with the Guardian ad Litem Program for twelve years. Prior to her current position, Ms. Frazer was the Supervising Attorney in the 19th Judicial Circuit. In 2005, she began her tenure with the Guardian ad Litem Program as a Best Interest Attorney in the 11th Judicial Circuit. While there, she also represented the Guardian ad Litem Program in the capacity of Litigation Attorney. After a one year hiatus practicing in the field of Insurance Defense, Ms. Frazer re-joined the Guardian ad Litem Program in October 2009, continuing her advocacy for the best interest of children.

Ms. Frazer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. She obtained her law degree from New England Law, where she served as a Senior Editor for the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Ms. Frazer serves as a mentor with the Florida Take Stock in Children Program, which prepares high school students for college and provides scholarships to assist with their educational needs. She is also a member of the Family Support Committee with Habitat for Humanity.

The Unveiling is her first collection of poems. The poems cover the many nuances of a relationship between people, between an individual and a community. Ms. Frazer believes that every moment has meaning, and each should be utilized to achieve its full potential.


Gonzalo Barr is a trial lawyer who has represented physicians and lawyers in malpractice suits, major airlines in actions arising out of catastrophic accidents, and the tobacco industry in the U.S. and Latin America. Most recently, he opened his own law firm where he practices business litigation with a sprinkling of civil rights cases. Barr was born in Miami, Florida, graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and Columbia University.

Barr was a Fellow at Breadloaf and Suwanee. He studied under Julia Alvarez, Christopher Tilghman, and Steve Yarbrough. Last year, he completed his first novel, about two women whose lives collide when a commercial airliner crashes into a mountain. In the end, one of the women discovers who she really is and the other realizes who she needs to become. The manuscript is in the hands of a literary agent in London.

Barr’s The Last Flight of Jose Luis Balboa (Houghton Mifflin 2006) won the Bakeless Prize (Francine Prose, judge) awarded by the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and was selected as a finalist for the 2007 John Gardner Fiction Prize, awarded by SUNY Binghamton. Of the stories, The Los Angeles Times wrote – “Gonzalo Barr’s pitch and timbre is absolutely perfect . . . the stories sparkle with daily ritual, along with the bonus (beyond pleasure) of a spirit-cleansing kindness.” The Miami Herald wrote, “Confronted with this most inexplicable cities, Barr’s characters have the courage to move and get on with their lives, no matter how bizarre, painful or even tragic the circumstances of those lives may be.” And the Times Literary Supplement called the book “…[a] brilliant short story collection …”