Board of Directors

Laura McDermott Matheric
Founder and President

Walter Matheric III
Vice President

Barbara McDermott
Advisory Panel

Denise Duhamel, M.F.A.

David Kirby, Ph.D.

Linda M. Lugo, E.A.

David H. Salmon, Esq.

Staff Members

Executive Director
Laura McDermott Matheric, a true native of South Florida, was born and raised in Broward County. She is the founder and executive director of Orange Island Arts Foundations and also a tenured assistant professor of English at Broward College, where she was the recipient of the 2014 Wells Fargo Endowed Teaching Chair. Laura earned a BA in creative writing at Florida State University and an MFA in creative writing at Florida International University. In recognition of her dedication to higher education and writing, Laura was awarded a Professional Equity Project Grant by the 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication and a 2012 Paragon Award by Phi Theta Kappa. She is the 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residency of Girls’ Club, a private foundation and alternative space that inspires cultural growth, in Broward County.

As a member of the Miami Poetry Collective, her poetry is regularly featured in its Cent Journal Series: A Modern Anthology of Miami Poets, and her poems can also be found in various publications such as Screw Iowa!; the Virginia Key website; The Selected Collective: Volume VIII of Tigertail, a South Florida Poetry Annual; and Poets & Artists. She also won honorable mention in the 2013 Poetry Society of Virginia poetry contest. Laura has developed several literary projects within her local community and served as the festival coordinator of a South Florida poetry festival for more than nine years. Her first book of poetry, Visions on Alligator Alley, was published by Lominy Press in the summer of 2015.

Director of Communications
Chelsea Greenwood is a writer, editor, and design aficionado with experience both online and in print, having contributed to more than 20 outlets in her 10-year career. She is currently the editor of The Boca Raton Observer, an award-winning lifestyle magazine in South Florida. In the past, Chelsea has served as managing editor of Boca Raton magazine and the national shelter publication Luxe Interiors + Design. A University of Florida graduate, she brings marketing and public relations skills to her position with Orange Island Arts Foundation

Digital Media Producer
Katie Bennett is a graduate of the Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication and brings with her skills in broad/narrow casting, video production, non-linear editing, and video compression for today’s digital world. She is currently an Assistant Director for NBC 6 South Florida, coordinating the on-air graphic and audio demands for the evening news. Her love of poetry led her to two poetry internships and planning community outreach programs with the Overtown Youth Center in Miami, Florida.

A lifelong resident of South Florida, Tammy Taylor specializes in capturing life's candid, magical moments. Earning an Associate of Science degree in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2001, Tammy has blended the creative with the practical by working in career advising for the artistic community and as a freelance special event photographer. She prides herself on her intuitive nature and inspiring others to pursue their creative passions. Tammy's work can be seen in various publications including the jacket cover for the novel Tarot for the Green Witch and The Drunken Odyssey podcast. Her work as an adviser has been acknowledged by the Outstanding Service Award in 2008, the Top Achievers Award - Regional Top 20 of 2008, the North Star Award - Regional Top 20 in 2009, and the Quarterly Certificate of Achievement 2001-2014 at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Community Coordinator
Sergio Mora is a poet and performance artist who has appeared at the Miami Performance International Festival, Edge Zones Art Fair during Art Basel Miami 2013, and acted in various short films and plays including Nomadis (2014), the physical theatre piece by Antiheroes Project, which was developed during his artists’ residency with the North Miami Arts Collective. Since 2012, he has worked in public relations, marketing, and coordinating community events with Antiheroes Project, a Miami-based nonprofit organization, which focuses on artistic projects and education that integrates people with and without disabilities. Sergio has spent the better part of the last decade as a paralegal in Broward County, but now dedicates his time to the enrichment of the South Florida arts community. He is currently studying with I Love Yoga Studio in Dania Beach, Florida, seeking instructor certification in 2015.

Workshop Coordinator
Emily Jalloul holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in American Studies from Lynn University. Having created the social media presence of Aurora's Voice Persley Community Garden in Delray Beach, Florida, and serving for three years as an intern for Palm Beach County based poetry events, Emily brings experience in non-profit promotions, marketing, and fundraising. She is a scholarship recipient from Florida International University's MFA program and the Sarah Lawrence College Summer Writer's Seminar. Her work can be found in such publications as Pan’ku and Quest.

Editor-in-Chief, Orange Island Review
Caridad Moro is the award winning author of Visionware (2009) published by Finishing Line Press as part of their New Women’s Voices Series. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Poetry and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry. Recent projects include the Pintura/Palabra Project— Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art in Conjunction with The Smithsonian Institute and Letras Latinas. Her work has appeared The Notre Dame Review, The Comstock Review, The Crab Orchard Review, MiPoesias, Lunch Ticket, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Meadowland Review, The Stonecoast Review, Storyscape Journal, Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual, This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, The Lavender Review, and others. She is Editor-In-Chief of Orange Island Review, as well as an English professor at Miami Dade College and a dual-enrollment English instructor for Miami Dade Public Schools in Miami, Florida where she resides with her wife and son.

Publisher, Orange Island Review
Beating Windward Press , established in 2011 and calling Orlando, Florida, its home, is an independent publisher of novels, short story collections, and non-fiction by emerging authors. It produces four to six titles a year, and the books reflect the individual tastes of the staff—mostly mainstream fiction with a literary edge. Beating Windward offers books with distinct voices and perspectives in hopes of bringing pleasure, knowledge, and entertainment to its readers.


Marci Calabretta is the recipient of a Knight Fellowship from Florida International University's MFA program, a Kundiman Asian-American Poetry Fellowship, and the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her chapbook, Last Train to the Midnight Market, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Print Oriented Bastards, a contributing editor for Florida Book Review, and an assistant editor for Jai-Alai Magazine.

Nadra Mabrouk holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida International University and is a two-time scholarship recipient of the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College. Her work has appeared in Best Teen Writing of 2010, published by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Jai-Alai #6, and RHINO 2014.
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