MFLA Calendar – Stay Tuned for 2023

Check Out the lineup from MFLA 2022 and imagine what’s to come for MFLA 2023!

















March 8 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Marquise McGriff, Author of The Dad I Had

Hosted by Dr. Robert Morris

Marquise McGriff is the author of the renowned book, The Dad I Had. His book is a reflection of a young man who only realized how special his dad was after he was grown up and preparing to be a dad himself. Thankfully, it was not too late for him to share with his dad how much he loved and appreciated him.

South Campus

March 8 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Evolution of Gay Romance Novels

Hosted by Professor Neil Plakcy

Professor and author Neil Plakcy will discuss how the changing attitudes of LGBT students has affected the writing of his gay romance novels.

March 9 | 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Anika S. Madison, Author & Podcaster

Hosted by Dr. Billy Jones

Anika S. Madison, author of Step-by-Step Caregivers Guide: For Medical Appointments & Hospital Visits, and a podcast host for Journey into Passion, presents and interactive presentation about following one’s passions and goals while navigating an evolving world.

March 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Brandon Vega, Author of Ghetto Conscious

Hosted by Dr. Robert Morris

Brandon Vega’s work Ghetto Conscious parallels the life of young men of color in America. Vega helps those struggling ghetto consciousness come into the light; his work provides unique and groundbreaking experiences that capture the hope in the movement for change. Vega provides an account of his life challenges through self-discovery.

South Campus

March 9 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Book Discussion | The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu

Hosted by Professor Eileen Santiago

The book discusses the nature of True Joy and confronts each of the obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. It shares the Eight Pillars of Joy. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu share stories, wisdom, and their daily joy practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

Central Campus

March 10 | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Daijah Shine, Author of If You Love Me, Say It

Hosted by Dr. Robert Morris

Daijah Shine is renown in the literary genres of Urban Fiction, Urban Romance, and Street Literature with her best-selling novel If You Love Me Say It. She has been a published author at 19 and featured on Amazon’s African American Urban Fiction Best Seller’s list and featured on the cover of UBAWA’s April 2019 issue.

South Campus

March 10 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Wildlife Conservation in 2022 with James Wildman

Hosted by Professor Omar Deshazior

Humane educator James Wildman looks at the relationship between humans and animals and the environments we share. Also, the presentation takes a critical look at animals living captivity and how we can better protect endangered animals and their habitats.

March 10 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Raquel V. Reyes, Author of Mango, Mambo, and Murder

Hosted by Professor Neil Plakcy

South Florida author Raquel Reyes will talk about her new mystery novel, Mango, Mambo, and Murder, and multiculturalism in crime fiction. She will prepare mango smoothies (recipes from the book). Reyes is of Puerto Rican and Cuban origin. Visit  to learn more about Reyes, including an interview with one of her book’s characters.

South Campus

March 14 | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Dr. Carlos Ewing, Author of The Struggle Is Real: From High School to Careers

Hosted by Dr. Robert Morris

According to author Dr. Carlos Ewing, figuring out what you are going to do with your life after high school and college is hard enough without all the challenges and pitfalls that come along with that journey. In The Struggle Is Real: From High School to Careers, Dr. Ewing “keeps it real” with intriguing, forthright conversation about life after high school.

South Campus

March 15 | 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Beverly Melasi-Haag

Hosted by Dr. Billy Jones

Beverly Mesali-Haag, author of the Diary of a Creative Writer series, presents an interactive presentation that teaches participants how to write about life’s changes. Audience members will share their impromptu creations during the live session.

March 15 | 6:30 pM – 7:45 pM

Jarred Amato, Founder of Project Lit

Hosted by Professor Eileen Santiago

Jarred Amato is an English teacher and founder of Project LIT. In 2016, his students organized a book drive and set up kiosks using converted USA Today newsstands to make 15,000 books available to families. Attendees will learn about the book selections that are part of Project Lit.

North Campus

March 16 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

From Indie Cinema to Blockbuster Visual Effects: Current Realities and Future Opportunities in the Film Industry

Hosted by Professors Jennifer Killam and Heather Perez

Erin Cipolletti Brown (Art Director/Writer & Actor), Ryan Michael Brown (Writer, Director & Producer), and Suzanne Cipolletti (Visualization Supervisor) discuss their experiences in the film industry and how film projects move from initial concept to finished product.

March 16 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

There is No Try: The Unifying Force Behind Cinematic Storytelling

Hosted by Professor James Eimmerman

Students participate in an interactive lecture where Prof. Eimmerman helps audience discover the tools of cinematic plot structure. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

South Campus

March 17 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Blackout Poetry: An Interactive Experience

Hosted by Ms. Tiffany Walker

Audience members will create “blackout poetry” by redacting words from historical texts (U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, etc.) to create their own unique poetry about recent changes to our world and their vision of “what’s next.”

April 1 | 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Seahawk Writing Conference

Hosted by Professors Regine Darius and Elisa Albo

The 2022 Seahawk Writing Conference is a virtual, all-day event for writers of all levels. The morning sessions will hold workshops. The afternoon session is with keynote speaker, Ravynn K. Stringfield, a writer and Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at William & Mary. The conference will close with an Open Mic, where participants and speakers share their writings.