Curriculum Vita–Gregory Byrd

Gregory Byrd

St. Petersburg College
P.O. Box 13489
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

(727) 791-2695


2001: Ph.D. American and Nineteenth Century British Literature, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dissertation: Desert Places: Wilderness in Modernist American Literature, 1900-1940.  Director: Karen Kilcup

1990: M.A., Creative Writing. Florida State University

Thesis: Trolling, a collection of forty-six original poems.

Director: Van K. Brock

1987: B.A. Literature and Creative Writing. Eckerd College,

St. Petersburg, Florida. Major professor: Peter Meinke


2018:  Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize, Texas Review Press

2016:  Sabbatical awarded by SPC. Project: research and write novel.

2016: Rapid Returns $5000 Individual Artist Grant from Creative Pinellas.

2015:  Distinguished Faculty Award. Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at St. Petersburg College  (associated faculty spotlight video)

2011: Fulbright Fellow, Albania

2009: Finalist: Snake Nation Prize, Pinyon Press Prize

2008: Finalist, National Poetry Series

2005: Winner, Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Competition for Florida Straits

2004: Silverberg Grant (with Karen Sidwell) for High School Creative Writing Workshop

1999:   Carnegie-Mellon Grant: Professional Balance. 1998:   Pushcart Prize nomination, Tampa Review, poetry

1990:   Ann Durham Award for Outstanding M.A. Thesis in Creative Writing

(Florida State University)

1989:   First Place, Academy of American Poets Award Florida State University (Judge: William Harmon)

1988:   Albert Howard Carter Poetry Contest, Second Place, (Eckerd College)

1986-87:   Dean’s List, Eckerd College Special Talent Scholarship in Poetry

(Eckerd College)

1983-84: Freshman Research Associate Award, Eckerd College

Teaching Experience:

Fulbright Scholar        University of Tirana, Albania. (2011)                                                 Creative Writing for English Majors

Professor St. Petersburg College (1990-present): Honors College faculty                      

CRW 2001       Creative Writing
CRW 2003       Poetry Workshop
AML 2012:      American Literature to 1865.
AML 2022       American Literature 1865 to present.
IDH 2029H     Honors Cornerstone Seminar
ENL 2012:       British Literature to 1780
ENL 2022:       British Literature 1780 to present.
ENC 1121H     Honors Composition I: Nature and Self
ENC 1122H     Honors Composition II: Literature and Justice
ENC 1102        Writing About War Literature
ENC 1101        Freshman Composition
HUM 2210      Western Humanities I
HUM 2233:     Western Humanities II
IDS 1102H:     Honors Interdisciplinary Studies II
IDS 1101H:      Honors Interdisciplinary Studies I
LIT 2010:        World Literature I

Adjunct Instructor:
Eckerd College.
American Literature I (2001)
Literature and the Environment (2005-08)
Poetry Workshop (2007-2011)
Poetry Thesis Committee Chair and Reader (2007-2011)

Teaching Assistant:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1994-95, 97-99):
ENG 101: Composition One: The Semiotics of Popular Culture
ENG 102: Composition Two: Inquiry into Justice and Injustice.

Florida State University (1988-1990):
ENC 1142 Freshman Imaginative Workshop: A Synthesis of
Student Poetry Writing and Composition.
ENC 1102 and ENC 1101

Guest Poet:
Tampa YMCA Writer’s Voice (Spring 1997)
Writer’s Workshop in Poetry and Mythology using mythic structure and tropes for writing and revising poetry.

Teaching Interests:     Creative Writing (especially poetry), Literature and Ecology (ecocriticism, wilderness, place), 20th Century American Literature, Southern Literature, 19th Century British and American Literature, American and British Literature Surveys, Composition

Selected Publications:


The Name for the God Who Speaks. (poetry chapbook). Forthcoming May 2019. Texas Review Press.

Glass Bottom Sky: 10 Years of YellowJacket Press. Silvia Curbelo and Gregory Byrd, Eds.  YellowJacket Press, 2015.

Salt and Iron (poetry book). Snake Nation Press. 2014.

At Penuel (poetry chapbook) Split Oak Press, January 2011.

Florida Straits (poetry chapbook). Yellow Jacket Press, 2005.

“‘Storm Fear:’ Weather as Wilderness in the Modernist Imagination.” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature 17(2009): 105-126.

“Elements of Southwestern Humor in The Yearling.” Proceedings of the Florida                                           College English Association 2006. Cambridge Scholars Press.

“Teaching Nineteenth Century American Poetry in the Community College.”            Teaching Nineteenth Century American Poetry. Eds. Paula Bennett, Karen Kilcup and Phillipp Schweighauser. New York: MLA, 2007.

“War and Antiwar Poetry,” “Richard Eberhart” and “Peter Meinke.” Facts on File Companion to Twentieth Century American Poetry. Ed. Burt Kimmelman. Facts on File, 2005.

Aesthetics at the Southernmost Point: Towards a Definition of Florida Poetry.Mississippi Quarterly, Spring 1999.

“Congratulations! You’re Leroy Moffitt!: Role-Playing to Bring Out Course Concepts and Encourage Critical Thinking”, Innovation Abstracts 15.1

Creative Nonfiction:

A Toast to Our Fathers.”  Creative Loafing.  June 17, 2018.  Web.

“Deer Hunting in the Everglades.” Odet.  Winter 2017: 29-32.

Color in Tirana.” The Manila Envelope. Fall 2012. Web.

The Zen of Restaurants.” From Plate to Palate. Connotation Press Oct 2010. Web.

“Making Carly a Sailor.” Good Old Boat 64 (January/February 2009): 67-69.

“Through adversity, to the stars.”  Sunday Journal.  St. Petersburg Times 16 November 2003:  1F

Things that go Grump in the Night.” Sunday Journal. St. Petersburg Times 2 Feb 2003: 1F.

Shivering in the Sunshine State.” American Motorcyclist Feb. 2002: 46.

Private Lives Column St. Petersburg Times 18 April 1999: 3F.

Private Lives Column St. Petersburg Times 19 January 1994: D1.

Private Lives Column St. Petersburg Times 17 November 1996: 8F.


“An excerpt from Where Shadow Meets Water: March 18, 1923.  Pas de Calais, near Arras”  Apalachee Review 68  (Summer/Fall 2018).

“Circular Reasoning.” The Siren. Spring 1997.


“for Paul Zweig.”  South Florida Poetry Journal.  May 2018.

“The Girl and the Cello,” “How to Bow,” and “No Country for Young Men.”  And the Rocks Will Hum, a Peter Meinke commemorative volume.  Winter 2017.

“Late Trail.” Pinyon Commemorative Issue. (Spring 2016): 70.

“This is the Name for the God Who Speaks.”  Apalachee Review 66  (Fall 2016): 54.

“6th Century Chronometer,” “Deer Hunting in the Everglades,” “Whistling.” Glass Bottom Sky: 10 Years of YellowJacket Press. Silvia Curbelo and Gregory Byrd, Eds.  YellowJacket Press, 2015.

“Dark Lesson.” The Eckerd Review. Spring 2014.

“Salt and Iron,” “Dark Lesson,” “No Country for Young Men,” Fables of the Eco             Future. Gallery Show. Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Rabun Gap, Georgia. March 30-June 8, 2013. Also in hardback

 “Gjuetia e drerit ne Everglades” (“Deer Hunting in the Everglades”), “Teoria e             gravitetit” (“Theory of Gravity”), “Ne Penuel” (“At Penuel”), Trans. Arian Leka. Poeteka 19(Autumn 2011).

“Gjuetia e drerit ne Everglades” (“Deer Hunting in the Everglades”), “Teoria e             gravitetit” (“Theory of Gravity”), “Ne Penuel” (“At Penuel”), Trans. Arian Leka. Milosao 17 April 2011: 8-9.

”Orpheus Today” Eckerd Review 2011

“Going for the Honey” and “Palafox Road” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature (Fall 2008)

“Ras Gene” Apalachee Review 57   Fall 2007

“Dusk,” The Cortland Review 36   August 2007

“Woman at the Airport Bar.” The Rambler Jan/Feb 2007: 52.

“High School All-Star” and “Ted Williams’ Toothpick.”  Gulf Stream 26 (2006): 23-26.

“White Rose” and “Introduction to American Literature.”  Snake Nation Review.

“Advice” and “First Cold”  Eckerd College Review.  Spring 2006.

“Why Men Work,” “What Galahad Could Not Do,” “A Fire Between Them and Everything Else.” Family Matters: Poems of Our Families. Bottom Dog  Press, 2005.

“After Being Asked What I Thought of Neruda’s ‘The Enigmas.’”     The Cortland Review 26 (Spring 2004).

Tintoretto Painting His Dead Daughter (after Leon Cogniet)” and “Groundhog Day (after Andrew Wyeth)” Ekphrasis 3.1  (Spring/Summer 2003): 18-19.

“Plantation Key Dump” and “Swimming the Green Canals with an Old  Dog.” Apalachee Review 51(Spring/Summer 2002): 40-43.

“Crossing the Appalachians by Motorcycle,” and “Monk Parrots.”  you  are here: the journal of creative geography  4.1 (Summer 2002): 30-31.

“Bourbon.” MacGuffin. 16.3 (Fall 1999): 104.

“Antique Store.” Poet Lore. 93.4 (Winter 1998-99): 13.

Featured Poet:  “Claire de Lune,” “Salvage,” “Tintoretto Painting his Dead Daughter (after Leon Cogniet), ” “Britain’s Chief Executioner Dies,”“Space Shuttle Discovery Orbits NearEnough to Be Seen with Naked Eye.” Pinyon Poetry 5 (Spring1998): 22-30.

“What Red Clay Holds.” The Siren. Spring 1997.

“Writing the Rosetta Stone.” Poet Lore 92.2 (Summer 1997): 22.

“Theory of Gravity.” Tampa Review 16 (Summer 1998): 24.  *Nominated for a 1998 Pushcart Prize

“Handwork.” Scarp 28 (May 1996): 39. (New South Wales, Australia).

“Skydiving.” New CollAge 24.3 and 25.1 (1996): 9.

“The Caller’s Message.” Tampa Review 11 (Fall 1995): 32.

“Farewell to Lincoln Square.” College English 57.3 (March 1995): 337

“Tarpon.” Scarp 26 (May 1995): 51. (New South Wales, Australia).

Deer Hunting in the Everglades.” International Quarterly 1.4 (1994): 98.

“Letter to a Musician Who Has Lost the Ability to Remember,” “Thrift Store,”

“Tarpon,” and “Insomnia.” The Panhandler 28 (1994): 10-16.

“Late Epithalamion.” Tampa Review 9 (Fall 1994): 52.

“Handing Down the Dead.” Pavement Saw (Spring 1994): 28.

“Neck Tie” and “Trolling.” New CollAge 23.1-2 (Spring 1993): 26-7.

“Music for Atlanta.” Birmingham Poetry Review 9 (Fall/Winter 1992):6.

“A Preacher’s Wife Recalls Georgia.” Tampa Bay Review 3.2 (1991):22.

Ostwind.” Sundog 11.1 (1991): 28.

“Why I Watch James Bond.” Whiskey Island Magazine (Fall 1990): 36.

“Wyler’s Blues.” Half Tones to Jubilee (1990): 30.

“Meeting Jeff at Mrs. Mac’s Grill.” Panhandler (1990).

“Burning Clean” and Loggerhead.” New CollAge 21.2 (1990): 6.

“Whistling.” North of Wakulla (Anhinga Press Anthology: 1989): 154.

“Whistling.” Gryphon 13.1 (1988): 12.


“Lowtide Sunset, Dunedin, Florida,” “Sheepdog, Apollonia, Albania,”  “No Gondola.”
            Roads Traveled Landscape Exhibit.    Cloudfolios Feb 1, 2019.

Bowers House, Canon, Georgia. Summer 2014

Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. Summer 2005 and 2008.

Recent Readings:

Poetry at the Dali. Dali Museum.  St. Petersburg, Florida.  10 May 2018.

Inkwood Books. AWP Offsite.  March 2018.

Tampa Free Public Library. AWP Offsite.  March 2018.

Evening Reading.  Other Words. University of Tampa.  October 2017.

Safety Harbor Art and Music Festival. November 2016.

Other Words.  Flagler College. November 2016.

Convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.  St. Petersburg, Florida.
June 2015.

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Tarpon Springs, Florida. April 2015

Other Words.  Flagler College.  St. Augustine, Florida.  November 2015.

Dunedin Public Library (with Carlyn Byrd, cello), April 2015.

Jimmie B. Keel Public Library. Tampa, Florida. April 2013.

International Poetry Day. City Library of Berat, Albania.  21 March 2011.

“African American Literature.” Lecture. Aleksander Xhuvani University, Elbasan, Albania. 10 Feb 2011

Transformations. Collaboration with artist Suzanne Clements.  Brevard Art Museum and Florida Institute of Technology.  June 2010.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Daytona Beach, Florida. Fall 2007. Florida Literary Arts Coalition. Tallahassee, Florida. Spring 2007.

Florida College English Association. Lakeland, Florida. Fall 2006.

College English Association. San Antonio, Texas. Spring 2006.

St. Petersburg College-Clearwater Fall 2005

Blake High School for the Arts Tampa, Florida. Spring 2004, 2005

Brandon Public Library, Brandon, Florida. Spring 2005

Barnes & Noble. Clearwater, Florida. Summer 2003.

Inkwood Books. Tampa, Florida. Fall 2002.

Southeast Association of Teachers of Creative Writing. Fairhope, Alabama. Spring 2002.

John F. Germany Public Library. Tampa, Florida. Fall 2001.

Times Festival of Reading.  November 1999. Soapbox Stage. Eckerd College.


“Music and Literature: Inspiration, Collaboration and Cognition”  With Carlyn Byrd. Gulf Coast Teachers Of Creative Writing Conference. Fairhope, Alabama
March 2019

Author Q & A Tampa Bay Publishing Conference.  Wordier than Thou
Largo, Florida.  Feb 2019.

“Fiction and Historical Research,” “Poetry and Research,” “What Makes a Florida
Poet?” Other Words Conference.  University of Tampa, 2018.

“Fulbright Experience Albania 2011” 4th Annual International Symposium.
St. Petersburg College.  March 2018.

“Frontier as Trope in Florida Writing Past and Present.”  AWP.  Tampa, March 2018.

“Grits, Yoohoo and Fried Fish: Southern Food in Florida Literature.”  Other Words, University of Tampa, October 2017.

“Blindsided, the unexpected power of laugh lines in otherwise serious work–a reading and discussion.”  Other Words. Florida Literary Arts Coalition.  Flagler College.  Nov. 3-5, 2016.

“Metaphysical Connections: The Obvious Metaphor You Didn’t See Coming.”  Safety Harbor Writers Conference. November 2015

Poet in Residence. Creative Writing Institute. Florida Institute of Technology.  June 5-9, 2013.

Keynote Speaker. International Conference on English Studies. University of Tirana             (Albania) Foreign Languages Department. Spring 2011. “Wilderness in American Modernist Literature.”

Florida College English Association. Boynton Beach, Florida. Fall 2009. “Beyond            Ekphrasis in the Poetry of Peter Meinke.”

Florida College English Association. Ybor City, Florida. Fall 2008. “Inner and Outer Landscape in Two Stories by Ernest Hemingway.”

Florida College English Association. Lakeland, Florida. Fall 2006. “Southwestern              Humor in Rawlings’ The Yearling.”

Florida Literary Arts Coalition. Tallahassee. Winter 2006. “The Chapbook” Florida College English Association. Fall 2003. Presenter.

“Where is the Wilderness in Southern Literature?” Southern Writers Symposium. Fall 2001.

“’And so the storm passed and everyone was happy: Weather as Carnival in Kate Chopin’s ‘At the ‘Cadian Ball’ and ‘The Storm.’”  Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Spring 2000.

“’Yuh Got to Go There to Know There’: Wilderness as Place of Epiphany in Hurston and Rawlings.”  Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Spring 1998.

“Bricoleurs at the Southernmost Point: The Aesthetics of Southern and Florida Poetry.” Southern Writers Symposium. Fall 1998.

“Working at the Fountain of Youth: Yankee Redemption in Narratives of Florida by Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe and E.P. Powell.”

Publications About:

St. Clair, Barbara.  Arts In-Greg Byrd. Creative Pinellas. podcast.  June 2018.

“Interview with a Poet.” South Florida Poetry Journal.  May 2018.

Dunbar, Chester.  “Award Creates Opportunity to Write.” Sandbox News 24 June 2016.

Trammell, Michael.  “Salt and Iron.” Book Review.  Apalachee Review 64. Print.

Thornton, Grace. “Review: Fables of the Eco-Future at Hambidge’s Weave Shed GalleryBurnaway. 20 June 2013. Web.

Bartman, Jennifer.  “Florida Straits.”  Book Review.  Gulf Stream 26 (2006): 101-102. Print.

Johnson, Susan Hemmingway. “Immersed in Verse.” The Tampa Tribune 4 April 2005.

Dennis, Brady and Kris Hundley. “Fear of War at Home, At Work and in Verse.” St. Petersburg Times. 10 March 2003: 1A.

Shepherd, Jennifer.  “Editor’s Note.”  You Are Here 2002.

Referenced in:

Davis, Cynthia and Verner D. Mitchell.  Zora Neale Hurston:  An Annotated Bibliography of Works and Criticism.  Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2013.

Galvin, Mary.  “Are We There Yet?  In Search of Florida Poets.”  Florida Studies: Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Florida College English Association.  Ed. Paul Reich and Maurice O’Sullivan.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Habibi, Morteza.  “On With Shobeyro: An Ecocritical Approach.”   ContemporaryLit 4.4 (Winter  1393): 95-115

Runge, Laura.  LIT 6934: Literature of Place.  University of South Florida.  Recommended reading.

Academic Service:

At St. Petersburg College:

Advisor and Founder: Student Veterans Association 2009-2012, 2015-2016, 2017-present.

Advisor, SPC Writers’ Collective 1996-97, 2002-03.

Mentor, Project Success: a program for at-risk students.

Coordinator of Student Literary Readings, 1991-1997, Clearwater

Faculty Council, 1992-93, 2000-2010.

ENC 1101 and 1102 Textbook Committees, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2003

Applicant Search and Screen Committee, Summer 1991, Spring

1993, Summer 2003, Fall 2003.

At Florida State University:

Committee, McCrimmon Awards for Undergraduate Composition, 1988-1990.

Assistant, Spring Festival of Writers, 1990.

Community Service:

Member, Dunedin Youth Sailing Association, 2009

Volunteer discussions at Academie Davinci Elementary School. 2006-09.

Lecture on Robert Frost. Unitarian Universalist Church. Fall 2004 Clearwater, FL.

Shepherd’s Center Poetry Series, Fall 1997. Greensboro, NC.

Judge, Sunrise Hospital Seniors Essay Contest, Fall 1995.

Judge, Pinellas County Arts Council Seniors Poetry Contest, 1993, 1991.

Poetry Staff, Sundog: The Southeast Review, 1989-1990.

Reader, Anhinga Prize in Poetry, 1989.



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