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.

The editorial staff for the Orange Island Review is solely comprised of student editors enrolled in CW I at G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High School in Miami, Florida, which is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Some editors have received dual enrollment credit from Florida International University for their contributions.

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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.

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Executive Director, Orange Island Arts Foundation

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

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