Jennifer Maritza McCauley


Summary of Qualifications

  • Ability to write clear, thoughtful, creative, comprehensive and grammatically correct documents
  • Teaching, lesson planning and assistant teaching experience
  • Experience in arts administration, social media writing, transcription and publishing
  • Published creative and non-fiction work in a number of different outlets

Professional Experience:

Teaching Experience:

Composition and Creative Writing Instructor: University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 8/2015-Present

Responsible for teaching composition and creative writing to undergraduate students. Duties include: grading, lesson planning and leading class discussions.

Classes taught: English 1000: English Composition (Fall 2015), Introduction to Fiction (Spring 2016), Introduction to Fiction (Fall 2016), Intermediate Fiction (Spring 2016), Intro to American Literature (Fall 2017), Professional Writing (Fall 2017), Intermediate Fiction (Spring 2018) & (Fall 2018)

Composition and Creative Writing Instructor– Florida International University, Miami, Florida 8/2011-7/2015

Responsible for teaching composition and creative writing to undergraduate students. Duties include: grading, lesson planning and leading class discussions.

Classes taught: Writing and Rhetoric 1101 (T.A. Summer 2012), Introduction to Creative Writing (Head Instructor Fall 2013), Writing and Rhetoric 1102 (Head Instructor Spring 2014, Spring 2015), Essay Writing (Head Instructor Summer 2015).

Poetry in the Schools, Guest Teacher, DASH High School – Miami Florida, 4/2013-6/2013

Responsible for lesson planning, leading class discussions and teaching poetry to ninth grade students at DASH, a design and arts high school in Miami.

Composition Teaching Assistant– Florida International University, Miami, Florida


Responsible for grading, lesson planning and teaching labs for Professor Jeffrey Wehr’s freshman composition class.

Undergraduate Poetry Teaching Assistant– University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1/2010-5/2010

Assisted poet Lynn Emmanuel with the undergraduate course Introduction to Poetry. Responsible for grading papers, lesson planning, managing classroom order, leading discussions and developing creative writing prompts.

Editing and Publishing Experience:

Pleiades (Fiction Editor)– Columbia, Missouri. (July 2018-present)

The Missouri Review (Poetry Editor) Columbia, Missouri. (Fall 2018)

The Missouri Review- (Contest Editor) Columbia, Missouri 9/2016-spring 2018

Reader for Pleiades Press Poetry Book Contest (June 2016-June 2018)

Co-Judge for Columbia Daily Tribune’s LED Poetry Contest (Spring 2017)

Origins Literary Journal Poetry Editor/Associate Editor- Miami, Florida, 1/2014-Present
Responsible for organizing and writing content, reading submissions, managing social media outreach and conducting author interviews.
Authors interviewed: Edwidge Danticat, Heidi W. Durrow, Ashley M. Jones, Fabienne Josaphat, M.J. Fievre, Neil de la Flor, Sandy Rodriguez Barron, Anjanette Delgado, Cecilia Fernandez, Geoffrey Philp, Jaquira Diaz

Editorial Team Member @ Missouri Review Books Imprint (Spring 2017)

The Missouri Review fiction, audio, contest intern- Columbia, Missouri 9/2015-8/2016

Fjords Review Book Reviews Editor-Miami, Florida, 9/2014-5/2018
Responsible for editing, organizing and collecting reviews at Fjords and making arrangements with publishers.

Sliver of Stone Fiction EditorMiami, Florida 5/2015-12/2016
Responsible for editing, reading, and organizing content for Sliver of Stone magazine.

Florida Book Review  Contributing Editor– Miami, Florida, 9/2013-9/2015

Responsible for writing reviews of fiction and creative non-fiction books and writing blog posts on Miami-based events.

Gulf Stream Magazine Staff Member-Florida International University, Miami, Florida 8/2011-8/2014

Responsible for conducting author interviews and reading submissions for Gulf Stream, a student-run literary journal. Authors interviewed: Claudia Rankine, Cristina Garcia, Margot Livesy, Hugh Howey, M.J. Rose, Marc Fitten, Cathy Day, Johnny Temple and others.

Arts Administration Experience:

Reading Queer Program Coordinator – Miami, Florida, 9/2014-Present

Responsible for managing website content, organizational efforts, outreach, social media, event set-up and administrative duties for the non-profit literary organization Reading Queer.

Literary Citizenship Social Media Writer- Miami, Florida/Seattle, Washington, 1/2014 to 3/2014

Performed outreach and wrote social media posts for Literary Citizenship, a literary collective.

Marketing Intern, The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College/Miami Book Fair International – Miami, Florida, 9/2012-1/2014

Wrote promotional documents, completed marketing and advertising assignments, conducted Miami Book Fair International archive research, wrote author interviews, helped manage major events and conducted social media outreach for the Miami Book Fair International, The Miami Writer’s Institute, Teacher Fun Day and The Big Read.

Transcriber, Florida International University-Miami, Florida 01/2012/-8/2012

Transcribed and edited interviews for Debra Dean, author of The Mirrored World and The Madonnas of Leningrad.

Multimedia Assistant, Judy Miller of Miami Herald/O’Miami– Miami, Florida 02/2012-06/2012

Worked with Pulitzer Prize winner Judy Miller on a multimedia project promoting O’Miami, a South Florida literary festival. Conducted media research, worked with a web designer, and compiled and organized videos to create an interactive map.

Writers on the Bay (FIU Author Reading Series) Events Assistant– Miami, Florida 09/2011-05/2012

Responsible for managing crowds, event set up, catering and assisting authors.


Gus T. Ridgel Fellow (Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing) /University of Missouri, MO 65211 (Current)

John S. and James L. Knight Fellow in English Writing (MFA)/ Florida International University, FL 33181 (Graduated Dec. 2014)

English Writing (B.A.)/Minor: Theatre Arts and Religious Studies University of Pittsburgh, PA 15213/   (Graduated May 2010)


National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship: Prose (2018)

Pushcart Prize 2019 “Special Mention” for “Torsion” pub. in Vassar Review (2018)

Independent Publisher Award for Poetry (Bronze) – 2018

Best of the Net (non-fiction) Award (2018) for But There is Also Rosa.

Prairie Schooner Book Prize Finalist-Prose (2018)

Kimbilio Fellowship (Fiction) (2017)

CantoMundo Fellowship (Poetry) (2017)

Poem of the Week by Split This Rock for “Old Blood”

Academy of American Poets University Award from the University of Missouri (2016) for “Loriella is Dead”https://poets.org/academy-american-poets/university-missouri-2016-academy-american-poets-prize

Sundress Publications/SAFTA Academy Fellowship (Cross-Genre) (2016)

Short Story of the Day@ The Seattle Review of Books

Pushcart Prize Nominee for the story “Bagmen” pub. at Jabberwock Review

2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Finalist

Finalist for “All Write Conference” Flash Fiction Contest @Southeast Missouri State

Awarded a Gus T. Ridgel Fellowship from the University of Missouri

First Place Winner of 2014 FIU Graduate Awards in Fiction

First Place Winner of 2013 FIU Graduate Awards in Fiction

First Place Winner of the 2012 FIU Graduate Awards in Creative Non-Fiction

Awarded an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Contest for New Writers for the piece “Home Ghosts”

Accepted into, read at and attended Yale’s Writers Conference during the summers of 2012-2015.

Awarded the inaugural John S. & James L. Knight Fellowship in Fiction at Florida International University

Selected Readings/Presentations:

Visiting Writer for “Writers on the Edge” Series @Stephens College

(See Events page for more info)

Crossings and Crosses: Caribbean Women Writers on Immigration, Deportation, and Identity. AWP 2018. (Tampa, Florida.)

“Where Are All the Female Editors?” AWP 2018.  (Tampa, Florida.)

“Intersectionality & Story Telling.” 7pm, Stephens College: Black History Month (Columbia, MO.)

SCAR ON/SCAR OFF debut. With Jenny Molberg. Next Weather Series at Yellow Dog Bookshop. (Columbia, Mo.)

Performed work w/One Mic and Mangosteen on KOPN 89.5 (Columbia,MO)

Read work at Barnard College w/Canto Mundo Fellows and SMU with Kimbilio Fellows

Work displayed as part of the Columbia Daily Tribune/Partial Press’s LED Publishing Project at Unbound Book Festival: https://ledpublishing.com/2017/04/13/jennifer-maritza-mccauley/

Presented and read literary work at the Unbound Book Festival at Stephens College (2017)

Presented literary work at the Colleges and Languages Association Conference’s opening night on February 7th, 2017 at the University of Missouri.

Read literary work at The Next Weather Series with Marc McKee and Sara Strong at Yellow Dog Bookstore, February 2017.

Read literary work at #WritersResist event at Hitt Street in Columbia, Missouri with Anand Prahlad, Aliki Barnstone, Marc McKee, Joseph Aguilar, January 2017.

Co-moderated ReadCaribbean/Origin Literary Journal’s panel “The Politics of Pleasure” with Hector Duarte Jr and readers/featured guests Anjanette Delgado, Fabienne Josaphat, Katia D. Ulysse, Donna Aza Weir-Soley for Miami Book Fair International 2016. November 2016.

Featured Poet at One Mic’s Poetry Evening at Cafe Berlin in Columbia, MO. November 2016.

Visiting Writer for Stephens College’s Hispanic Heritage Month. October 2016.

Read poem at “Black Poets Speak Out” ft. Cornelius Eady, Monica Hand, Marc McKee, Aliki Barnstone, Anand Prahlad, Marshall Allen, Brian Goines II, Sequoyah Moore, Tiana Williams, Jonne Pratt, Nicholas “NicDanger” Rodriguez, Joseph D. Smith and T’Keyah Thomas.

Interviewed Shann Ray about his new book American Copper on stage at the Unbound Book Festival

Panelist on AWP 2016 panel “You Sent Us What?” with Lisa Kastner, William Patrick, John Gosslee. Featured on The Masters Review here: https://mastersreview.com/awp16-panels-for-the-emerging-writer/

Read short pieces at Miami Book Fair International’s 2014 Reading Queer Event:  “This is For the Ladies Who Brunch” event.

Read work at Guillermo Leon Gomez’s exhibit “Speech Actions” at the North Miami Beach Art Museum. See the article about the event here: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/o-miami-art-and-poetry-collide-in-speech-actions-7561460



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