Luis Martinez, CantoMundo 2014 Fellow
After being lucky enough to win the Academy of American Poets Prize at USF, I took it as a sign of encouragement, since then I haven’t stopped working. At the end of my senior year, I was named one of ten undergraduate students in the country accepted to the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, a 3-week poetry writing fellowship at Bucknell University, an incredible experience where I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite poets, Jean Valentine. I almost cried. Just recently, I almost cried again as I was honored to be named a CantoMundo Fellow, a fellowship for Latino/a poets held at the University of Texas, at Austin. I couldn’t have accomplished any of that without the constant support and devotion of the faculty. I think a lot of people find their calling but don’t pursue it. They’re afraid to become themselves. I was. Professors at USF ensured I listened to my calling.
Professor Susan Steinberg
The USF English and MFA in Writing professor’s “Spectacle” was among five authors in the running in the Los Angeles Times Book Prize fiction category for 2013. O, The Oprah Magazine previously named Steinberg’s story collection to the magazine’s summer favorites list as well as the fall and winter recommended reading lists last year. Read more.