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September 12, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

FIU MFA Alumni Readings


September 12, 2021
4:00 pm


The Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books, the Florida International University Master of Fine Arts program present…

Writers on the Bay Reading Series

Florida International University Master of Fine Arts Alumni Reading

Sunday, September 12th at 4 PM


Please save the date and join Books & Books in presenting the Creative Writing Program’s Writers on the Bay Series at the Coral Gables Museum.


Please be aware that at this time, masks are still required inside for all our events by all patrons. Thank you for your cooperation.

Meet the readers:

Susan Falco is a recent graduate of FIU’s MFA program. She lives and works in Miami Florida, where she has published stories in magazines including Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and Blood Orange Press. Her nonfiction has been listed in the Best American Essays.

Michael García Juelle is a Cuban-American writer and teacher from Miami, Florida, and a graduate of the MFA program at Florida International University. His work has been featured in Shotgun Honey, Typehouse Magazine, Ghost City Review, and Home in Florida: Latinx Writers & the Literature of Uprootedness, out October 26 through the University Press of Florida.

Bri Griffith earned her MFA in poetry from Florida International University in 2021. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass Mountain, Columbia Poetry Review, Small Orange, Alien Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Griffith teaches creative writing and composition; she’s a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic.

Robert Gryder is a creative writer and college instructor of writing, rhetoric, and creative writing. He earned his BA in English from Yale University and his MFA from Florida International University. Robert’s writing has appeared in Outlook Springs, among others, and is forthcoming in The Heartland Review. When Robert is not writing or teaching, you can find him sweating buckets on the tennis court, talking to his house plants, pampering his dogs, or rewatching one Star Trek movie after another.

Claire Ibarra‘s novel Fragile Saints was published by Adelaide Books in 2021. Her poetry chapbook Vortex of Our Affections was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. Claire’s fiction, poetry, and visual art can be found in many fine literary magazines and anthologies. She currently lives and teaches in Colorado.

Phil LaPadula received his MFA in creative writing from FIU in May 2021. His thesis, Shadows of the Morning Twilight, is a collection of seven short stories and one novella about men who, facing transitions in their lives and in society, grapple with issues of sexual identity, past traumas, and corruption. Phil is a former journalist, so the main characters in his stories are usually journalists or writers of some kind.

Shane McFarlane is an emerging novelist, essayist, and poet who recently earned his MFA in Fiction at Florida International University, where he won FIU’s 2019 Graduate Fiction & Nonfiction Awards, respectively judged by Lisa Glatt and Brenda Miller. His early passion for words led him to journalism where he published with FSView, The Famuan, and Capital Outlook News before serving as the editor in chief of Florida State University’s The Kudzu Review Journal of Literature & Arts. His creative work is featured in Hunger Mountain’s most recent collection Art Saves and is forthcoming in Grist. He lives in Miami with his wife, Krystil.

Ellene Glenn Moore, or “Leenie” if you like, is a writer currently living in Philadelphia and soon to be living in Zürich. (Don’t worry, she also didn’t see that coming). Leenie, who was a Knight Fellow in Poetry during her time in the MFA program, graduated in 2016. Leenie’s poetry, lyric non-fiction, and critical work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, West Branch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, Brevity, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere, and she is the author of How Blood Works (Kent State University Press, 2021), selected by Richard Blanco for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize.

Camila E. Saavedra is a recent graduate turned full-time poet. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and is still kicking. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University and lives in an apartment five minutes away from her favorite restaurant with her dog, Dash. They take long walks and read poems.

Terin Weinberg earned her MFA from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies and English from Salisbury University in Maryland. She has been published in journals including The Normal School, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, Red Earth Review, Dark River Review, Split Rock Review, and Waccamaw. Terin received a 2021 Best New Poets nomination as well as a 2020 Best of the Net nomination. Her work is featured in Z Publishing House’s “New Jersey’s Best Emerging Poets of 2019” contest issue and is in Rewilding: Poems for the Environment, a 2020 anthology.