Fall 2020 Graduate Reading & Kerouac Karaoke

Sunday, December 6th, 2020
Graduate Reading 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kerouac Karaoke 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us this Sunday December 6th for a celebratory graduate reading presented by UCF’s Creative Writing MFA program. Graduating MFA’s Heather Orlando Jerabek, Kyle Kubik, Tara Mayer, Connie Owens, Will Rincon, and Robin Schulte will be reading excerpts from their creative theses. Readings will start on Zoom at 6pm but feel free to join us a little earlier at 5:50pm to hangout. Bring your own beverages, snacks and your excitement for our Fall 2020 Graduates!

Our schedule for the evening is as follows:

5:50 PM – Zoom will open
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Graduate Readers (in order)
Heather Orlando
Will Rincón
Robin Schulte
-5 minute BREAK-
Connie Owens
Kyle Kubik
Tara Mayer

7:30 PM Short Break followed by Keuroac Karaoke hosted by David K. Gibson


Heather Orlando-Jerabek

Heather Orlando-Jerabek is a graduate of the Columbia University Publishing Course, an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of Central Florida and received a BA degree in English literature from Hillsdale College. Prior to teaching creative writing and English, she worked with publications such as National Geographic and TV Guide Magazine. Heather was an editorial intern at the Florida Review before taking her current position in publicity with Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan. She lives with her husband and two mischievous cats in Brooklyn.

Kyle Kubik

A fiction-focused student in UCF’s MFA program, Kyle Kubik is an author and poet that writes folklore-inspired works about mental illness, trauma, identity, and escapism. When not playing video games, sleeping, or keeping up with homework, he chips away at his thesis, a dystopian novel about a society in which individuals must constantly wear masks. 

Tara Mayer

Tara Mayer is a writer and editor, specializing in essay and memoir. Her work grapples with queerness, femininity, and mental health through atypical perspectives which serve to hold a mirror to readers like herself, staring down stigmas and approaching questions of identity. If not reading or writing, she can be found listening to David Bowie while smothering her cat with unwanted affection. 

Constance Owens

Constance Owens resides in Florida with her two Volpino Italiana furbabies where she writes creative nonfiction and poetry. A graduating MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida, Constance is the book review editor for The Florida Review. She completed her poetry chapbook Other Shiny Things, and her work has been publishedin Bright Flash Literary ReviewThe Helix MagazineMeat for Tea: The Valley ReviewThe Write Stuff Anthology, and Sundog Lit, where her poem was a finalist in their 2019 Collaborative Contest.  

Will Rincón

Will Rincón is a writer from Kissimmee Florida. He enjoys speculative fiction and visiting new places. 

Robin Schulte

Orlando-area storyteller, Robin Schulte, creates stories that tap into the collective, clumsy experience of growing up. She is a winner of the National Storytelling Festival Story Slam in Jonesborough, Tennessee. A former high school English teacher and past-president of the Florida Storytelling Association, she has produced two audio recordings: Jack and the Levitator and Other Stories and Late. Night. Stop., which received a Storytelling World Honor Award. Her thesis, Dutiful Daughter, is a memoir which explores her unsettled childhood shaped by an alcoholic mother and details an adult reunion with a brother who spent thirty years homeless. Find more at www.RobinSchulte.com