University of South Florida
English department hosts annual celebration of graduating MFA Candidates[04.17.2017]
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida’s Department of English
hosted its annual celebration of the graduating Masters of Fine Arts
candidates on Friday, April 7, 2017. The event was held in the seventh
floor atrium of the Interdisciplinary Science building.
Curtain Call provides graduating MFAs with the opportunity to read portions
of the creative work they’ve created during their time at USF. Candidates
read completed and excerpted short stories, poems, comics and essays.
Professor Ira Sukrungruang was the master of ceremonies. Their thesis
directors introduced the candidates and the event was open to the public
and attended by undergraduate and graduate USF students, family, friends,
alumni and faculty.
This year’s graduating class included Aracelis González Asendorf (fiction),
Chelsea Dingman (poetry), Carmella Guiol (fiction), Colleen Kolba
(fiction), Annalise Mabe (nonfiction), Dennis Mont’Ros, TJ Murray, Jay
Thompson (fiction) and Karissa Womack (nonfiction).
Chapbooks, designed and created by Alysia Sawchyn, Alexander Cendrowski,
Sarah Basil and Allyson Hoffman, featuring work by the graduating
candidates, were available for purchase at the event. All proceeds from
their sales went to a charity of the graduating class’ choosing; this year,
the Curtain Call committee was able to make a donation of $215 to the
Florida chapter of the Sierra Club.
Dr. John Henry Fleming, the incoming program director of USF’s MFA, also
honored current director, Professor Rita Ciresi, for her work for the
Following the reading, candidates, friends, family and faculty met for the
Curtain Call after-party at Fodder and Shine in Seminole Heights.
For more information about this and other events hosted by USF’s English
Department, please contact professor Ira Sukrungruang at email@example.com.
To learn more about USF's creative writing program in the Department of
English, contact program director Rita Ciresi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: 2017 Curtain Call readers from left to right: TJ Murray, Carmella Guiol, Chelsea Dingman, Jay Thompson, Annalise Mabe, Colleen Kolba, Aracelis González Asendorf, Karissa Womack
The University of South Florida’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative
Writing is a graduate-level program offering concentrations in poetry,
fiction and creative nonfiction. The program emphasizes the craft of
writing and concentrates on students’ original work. For more
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