SPP Advisory Board Members

Paul Wilborn

Paul Wilborn

As a journalist, Paul Wilborn has won multiple awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He won the Green Eyeshade Award from the Atlanta Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the South’s top writing prize. Based on a selection of his writing, Wilborn was chosen for the Paul Hansel Award, Florida’s top journalism prize. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. His plays have been produced at Stageworks, Off-Center Theater, Radio Theater Project, and University of Michigan. Wilborn is executive director of the Palladium at St. Petersburg College and lives in Saint Petersburg with his wife, the film actor Eugenie Bondurant.

Maureen McDole

Maureen McDole

Maureen McDole was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a direct descendant of carnies, carpenters and fishermen. This do-it-yourself ethos in her DNA infuses every area of her life. As far back as she can remember she loved to write. Her first book of poems, “Exploring My Options,” came out in 2006. Her second poetry book, “Longing for the Deep End,” was released in December 2011. Maureen is working on her third collection of poems. She has a BA in English Literature from USF-St. Petersburg and a certificate in Arts & Culture Strategy from University of Pennsylvania. Her poetry has been set in a variety of different ways including: film, dance, spoken word, art installations, Sprechstimme, and traditional vocal works. She is an Associate Editor of Creative Pinellas Magazine. She is the recipient of St. Petersburg Art Alliance’s 2016 MUSE Award for Literary Arts. She is also the President of Friends of the Mirror Lake Library. Maureen has been leading workshops and speaking about creativity for over 15 years. She founded Keep St. Pete Lit because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of literature to change the world.

Tenea Johnson

Tenea Johnson

After time well spent in alphabet cities—NYC, ATL and DC—Tenea lives near the Gulf of Mexico where she writes speculative fiction, makes music, and builds an arts & empowerment enterprise. Her short work appears in anthologies like Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism and Sycorax’s Daughters. Her musical stories were heard at venues including The Public Theater, The Studio@620 and The Knitting Factory. She also wrote the novels Smoketown and R/evolution (Parallax Award Winner and honorable mention, respectively). Her virtual home is teneadjohnson.com. Stop by anytime.

John Capouya

John Capouya

John Capouya teaches journalism in the undergraduate program at the University of Tampa and nonfiction narrative in UT’s Creative Writing MFA program. He is the author of three nonfiction books including the biography Gorgeous George, and his most recent one, Florida Soul, which won the 2018 Charlton Tebeau Award given by the Florida Historical Society. He also works with private writing clients.

Gloria Muñoz

Gloria Muñoz

Gloria Muñoz is a Colombian-American writer and translator. Her writing has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Shift, Lumina, The Rumpus, Best New Poets, Acentos Review, Forage Poetry, Sweet, YES Poetry, Juke Joint, The Brooklyn Review, Entropy, The Florida Reviewand elsewhere. She is the author of Your Biome Has Found You. Her writing has been honored by a Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant, the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize, the Bettye Newman Poetry Award, the New York Summer Writer’s Institute Fellowship, USF Humanities Institute Poetry Award, and the Think Small to Think Big Artist Grant. Gloria holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of South Florida. She teaches at Eckerd College and she is a co-founder of Pitch Her Productions, an organization dedicated to women in film.

Lisa Kirchner

Lisa Kirchner

Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of the critically-acclaimed Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar (Greenpoint Press, 2014). Her essays, op Eds and features have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Salon, among numerous other outlets. She currently writes an advice columnist for Creative Loafing Tampa, “Love, Confidential.” More at www.LisaLKirchner.com. Follow her on Twitter, @lisalkirchner.

Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung, a native of St. Petersburg, spent more than three decades as an arts writer and editor with the Gainesville Sun, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and Connect Savannah. His essays have appeared in more than 100 archival record releases. In addition, Bill is the author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down and Phil Gernhard, Record Man.

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