Saint Leo Broadens Scope of Literary Events at University Campus

March 11, 2014

Saint Leo University is hosting more events of interest to readers and to writers of all levels at University Campus. The events are part of the university’s role in encouraging and sharing creativity with students, faculty, staff, and campus neighbors.

  • At 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 11, the public is invited to attend a free panel discussion featuring readings by five authors of books for the young-adult market. The authors will speak in TECO Hall in the university’s School of Business building. The featured writers are: Jessica Khoury (Origin, Vitro); Amy Christine Parker (Gated); Christine Farley (Gilded); Anna Banks (Of Poseidon, Of Triton); Jessica Brody (Unforgotten, Unremembered). For more information on this, call (352) 588-8437 to speak with Dr. Patrick Crerand.
  • At 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities and the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library will jointly host readings from two new chapbooks by members of the Saint Leo community. The event will be in the browsing section of the library. Both chapbooks are published by Green Rabbit Press, which promotes the creative work of faculty and associates. Iraq War veteran and Saint Leo alumna Brooke King ’12 will read from Love in the Shape of a Warzone. Saint Leo creative writing faculty member Gianna Russo (pictured above) will read from The Companion of Joy. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on this, contact Ms. Russo at (352) 588-8282.
  • Early registration has opened for the second annual Sandhill Writers Retreat, to be held from 9 am to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at University Campus. The full-day retreat is sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities and features eight hands-on writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

A faculty of nationally acclaimed Florida writers include Enid Shomer (Florida Lifetime Achievement Award winner), Jeff Klinkenberg (award-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer), Ira Sukrungruang (who gave the workshop most highly rated by 2013 attendees and is pictured here), and poet Lola Haskins (Florida Book Award winner). These four renowned writers will guide attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works. The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional open reading for participants. Writers of all levels are invited to attend.

Early registration is open until April 30, as is the application period for student internships (with registration fees waived). The cost is $85 for the general public; $65 for teachers, students, and senior citizens; $25 for Saint Leo faculty, staff, veterans, and active-duty military; $10 for SLU students. Optional one-on-one manuscript review conferences will be available with retreat faculty for an additional fee of $75.

Late registration, from May 1 to 12, includes an additional fee of $15 per registrant. To read more detailed information and register online, click here.

For more information, contact Ms. Russo, the Sandhill Writers Retreat director, at (352) 588-8282 or