SFA is pleased to introduce Illiana Rocha as a 2018 Smith Symposium Fellow. She’ll join us for the second time at our 2018 Winter Symposium in Birmingham. Illiana was the poet in residence at the 2017 fall symposium.
Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The Nation, RHINO, Blackbird, and West Branch. Karankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and is available through the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three chihuahuas Nilla, Beans, and Migo.