Marketing Committee

Our blog is designed and written by graduate students to create a strong sense of community between UCF faculty, students, alumni, and friends.

The MFA Marketing/Recruitment Committee schedules and publishes the blog posts, in addition to marketing the program through social media, documentation, campus tours, and correspondence with prospective students. If you have suggestions for the blog or want to propose a blog post topic, please email us your ideas at

2015-2016 committee members include:


Allie Arend is a first year MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arkansas (Go Hogs!), and currently works as the Graduate Editor for UCF’s Office of Prestigious Awards. If Allie’s dreams came true, she would meet Nicki Minaj and move to Iceland. More realistically, she hopes to own dogs and visit England again.


Rebecca Cobb is a first year MFA student studying fiction at the University of Central Florida, and edits for the Creative Writing MFA Blog. She is currently working on a series of short stories and can be found lurking in the book section at any local thrift store.

Brian Druckenmiller

11018943_10205275475260725_4011872638109292908_nAlli Martin is a second year MFA student at the University of Central Florida. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at UCF in 2003, she worked in editorial at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is currently a graduate assistant on The Cypress Dome, UCF’s student literary magazine. Her fiction appears in the 2011 anthology Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts.


Jonathan Phin is an MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida. He received his Bachelors of Arts in English at the University of South Florida, and he previously worked as a substitute teacher and currently works for an online website. For now, he resides in a four bedroom townhouse, unfurnished and filled with roommates he does not know.


Alexis Senior is a Literary Nonfiction candidate working on her thesis and constantly roaming the country for inspiration. After graduating from UCF with a BA in Creative Writing, Alexis worked as an editor for Orlando Magazine and went on to become a social media manager for an award-winning ad agency. She now writes cookbooks as a content writer at Tupperware. Bottom line—she’s always writing something.

unnamed-2Brendan Stephens is a first year MFA student. Brendan has a Master’s in the Arts of Teaching and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Frostburg State University. His works have appeared in the Little Patuxent Review, In Flight Literary Magazine, the Clash by Night Anthology, and the Backbone Mountain Review where he received the 2013 Prose of the Year award.

Consulting Alumni

Danielle Armstrong completed an MFA in fiction from the University of Central Florida in May 2015. While there, she worked with the Literary Arts Partnership to provide creative writing classes to community members impacted by mental illness. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in border crossing, riverSedge, the 2015 Savannah Anthology, Scissors & Spackle, Paragraph Line, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact Though a Tennessee native, she lives and works as a technical writer in Orlando, Florida.

Profile PhotoLana Issam Ghannam has an MFA in poetry from the University of Central Florida. Her work has appeared in Mississippi Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Foothill: a journal of poetry, Five2One, Red Booth Review, Sukoon, and The Cape Rock. She’s been teaching for over five years, including community outreach with UCF’s Literary Arts Partnership, a graduate assistantship, and as an adjunct for UCF. She hopes to one day be published in the trifecta of literary genres. 

2014-2015 committee members:

  • Danielle Armstrong
  • Lana Ghannam
  • Alli Martin
  • Jonathan Phin
  • Judith Roney
  • Alexis Senior

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