Enjoy readings from the graduating students of UCF’s creative writing MFA program.

Hosted by the UCF Department of English

Write of Passage 2024 showcases the work and talent of the Spring 2024 graduating students of UCF’s creative writing MFA graduate program.

This reading will feature works by Justin Ahlquist, Camila Cal Mello, Fernanda Coutinho Teixeira, Kristi Dao, Colleen Dieckmann, Kianna Greene, Michelle Munoz, Spencer Reynolds, Jessa Santiago, Dani Sarta and Nicholas Stovel.

Arrive early to enjoy a showcase of other projects from the UCF English department, including:

  • The Florida Review, UCF’s international literary journal
  • The Cypress Dome, UCF’s undergraduate student literary journal
  • Writers in the Sun, UCF’s visiting writers’ series
  • UCF Creative Writing faculty book display
  • Zeppelin Books and Burrow Press display

Justin AhlquistJustin Ahlquist is a literary fiction writer living in Orlando. He likes to write fiction that experiments with voice and form.

Camila Cal MelloCamila Cal Mello is a Uruguayan, first-generation, emerging creative nonfiction writer, poet, and journalist. She received UCF’s Provost Fellowship for her graduate study. Her work has been published in The Acentos Review, The Roadrunner Review, and others. She has taught creative writing workshops in the community with the Literary Arts Partnership.

Fernanda Coutinho TeixeiraFernanda Coutinho Teixeira is a fiction writer who deals in the fantastical, the scary, and the weird. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she is a Brazilian writer exploring themes of change, transformation, the reasons we leave and the reasons we stay. Her work has been featured in Strange Horizons, The Ex-Puritan and The Deadlands.

Kristi DaoKristi Dao is a creative nonfiction writer exploring the psychological differences between Eastern and Western Cultures. Her essays question gender roles and sexual relationships, consider the impact of society on perspective, and evaluate the components of true happiness.

Colleen DieckmannColleen Dieckmann’s upcoming collection is based on her hunt for heritage, healing, and the twists of DNA in poetic and hybrid forms. Originally from Chicago and Kentucky, Colleen has read across the country, co-hosted Nashville’s Pub of Love, and performed with the Nashville Poetry Slam Team. Colleen works in Orlando as an editor and college writing instructor.

Kianna GreeneKianna Greene, raised simultaneously between Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia, is a poet and writer. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Coachella Review, Maudlin House, 3Elements Review, and Ruminate Magazine. Kianna is an alumna of The Kenyon Review’s Writers Workshop and currently serves as an Associate Poetry Editor for The Florida Review.

Michelle MunozMichelle Munoz is a Provost Fellow and teaches in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. She has been published in Hash Journal, Levitate, and Variant Lit. Michelle lives in Orlando with her three-legged cat, Levi.

Spencer ReynoldsSpencer Reynolds is a writer and teaches multi-genre creative writing. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Spencer completed his BA at the University of DC. Spencer draws comics, writes songs, and runs a horror roleplaying game for his friends. He is Senior Associate Editor of The Florida Review.

Jessa SantiagoJessa Santiago is an aspiring teacher and writer who was born in the Philippines. She’s an avid bibliophile who enjoys expanding her reading list through her experiences as a freelance editor and as a former assistant editor from The Florida Review. She enjoys visiting local gardens, novelty bars, and accidentally scaring her friends.

Dani SartaDani Sarta writes about her experiences as a queer, Hispanic transracial adoptee through experiments in hybridity across poetry and creative nonfiction. The goal of her thesis is to give a voice to a currently unrepresented demographic and create a platform for others like her to share their stories. Her work can be found in Beyond Queer Words and Honey Literary.

Nick StovelNick Stovel is a Bahamian American writer from West Palm Beach, Florida. He received his BA in English from Florida Atlantic University in 2021, graduating cum laude. His stories often feature young characters struggling with anxiety, sense of self, and their places within social hierarchies. Nick’s work has appeared in Fterota Logia.

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We extend particular gratitude to the staff and administration of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for their partnership over the past ten years.

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • The Judith and David Albertson Endowment in the Arts
  • Cartwright Family Humanities & Arts Endowment
  • Phil and Jane Easterling
  • LIFE at UCF
  • Orlando Downtown Development Board
  • OUC – The Reliable One
  • Women’s Club at UCF, Inc.

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  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • National Young Composers Challenge
  • Orlando Family Stage
  • Orlando Shakes
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences
  • UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives
  • UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Winter Park Institute
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