Dez Deshaies, President

Dez Deshaies is a writer and game designer from Chicago. His writing has appeared in Foglifter, The Heartland Review, Menacing Hedge, and elsewhere. His multimedia/games work has been exhibited at the Adler Planetarium and the Orlando Museum of Art. 

Rebecca Fox, Vice President

Carissa Richetti, Secretary

Carissa Richetti is a genre fiction writer residing in Orlando, FL. Her work focuses on the constructs of good and evil and the gray spaces in between. She writes fantasy and magical realism.


Kenneth Noguera, Treasurer

Nicole Ballarini Pendleton, Social Media Chair

Nicole Ballarini Pendleton writes creative nonfiction, and writes and illustrates graphic memoir. She is a founding member of the Working Title Podcast, and has been published in Aquifer: The Florida Review Online and the literary journal, Egg. Nicole is a retired application developer and failed domestic engineer living with her family in Florida. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Central Florida.

Nicole Balsamo, Events Coordinator

Becca Rowell, Managing Editor of Graduate Publications

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