Yes, They’re Real staff

Mark Ari — Faculty Advisor, Introduction (Paperback)
Thomas Eadie — Editor (Vol. II)
April Hutchinson — Cover (Vol. III)
René Tomey — Cover (Vol. II)
Travis Wildes — Cover (Vol. I/Paperback), Editor (Vol. I/Vol. III/Paperback)

Stories by

Sam Bilheimer, Sarah Block, Summer Brooks, Thomas Eadie,
JJ Grindstaff, April Hutchinson, Benjamin Liff, Heather Peters,
Matt Randall, Michael Selvester, Travis Wildes and Andrew Wilkins

Author bios

Sam Bilheimer studies English and creative writing at the University of North Florida. He recently published a chapbook titled Send Me Something Shiny that collects his poetry, fiction and nonfiction. He’s also recorded and released music via five EPs, four with the independent acoustic project Radio Hero and one with the folk punk project The Beautiful Freaks.

Sarah Block graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is currently a preschool teacher fascinated with the lies people tell to children. In her free time she enjoys playing darts in bars, writing, and driving unnecessary laps around the block to finish the song she’s listening to. She lives with her girlfriend in the Tampa Bay Area.

Summer Brooks is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Health from the University of North Florida. Her first published work, Robert, was written in a creative nonfiction workshop before it was picked up for the second volume of Yes, They’re Real. When not busy with school, Summer enjoys spending her days writing and drawing..

Thomas Eadie is an aspiring writer and idealist awaiting his first grudge match with the windmills of life. When not attempting to follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote, he enjoys a simple life of artistic exploits not limited to reading, writing, and crafting. He is currently earning his bachelor’s degree in English at the University of North Florida. He hopes to one day write professionally in fiction and nonfiction alike, but not before taking over the world one open mind at a time..

JJ Grindstaff has been writing since she could hold a writing utensil. In middle and high school, she went to LaVilla and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and studied creative writing at both. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Florida with a minor in creative writing. She is currently working on her master’s in English and hopes to enroll in a PhD program in the next few years. In her spare time, she thinks up new story ideas, which lately stem from her odd office environment, thanks to a new full-time job..

April Hutchinson, a practicing writer, began penning nonfiction in childhood. Early on she explored themes of love, loss and Saved by the Bell. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English. April currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her partner Brittany and their Pomchi, Riley..

Benjamin Liff has spent the past five years alternating between teaching English in China and finishing his bachelor’s degree. He’s an irregular staff member of Fiction Fix literary journal. As of Fall 2012, he will be an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at George Mason University. He also enjoys movie nachos and is a member of the 3-4-5 writing community..

Heather Peters is currently majoring in English with a minor in creative writing at the University of North Florida. Comic Relief is her second published story, the first being Lost Frankenstein for the online journal deadpaper. After graduation, Heather plans to frame her degrees and potentially hang them. She encourages practicing good dental hygiene, reading comic books, watching Bollywood, and feeding ducks (but not necessarily in that order)..

Matt Randall is an economics major at the University of North Florida. He has an enthusiasm for Eastern philosophy and a penchant for conspiracy theories. He was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and would love to one day grow gills and disappear into the Atlantic Ocean..

Michael Selvester graduated from UNF with a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently a first-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He spends too much time watching documentaries about the Civil War. Michael lives in Gainesville, Florida with his girlfriend Mandy, their two dogs and two chickens..

Travis Wildes has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Florida. His story Paper Wait was published in issue seven of the literary journal Fiction Fix and his travel narrative Sidewalks won the 39th Annual UNF Writing Contest for the category of Creative Nonfiction. He is convinced The Rentals are the best music group ever..

Andrew Wilkins was born in Jupiter, Florida. He attended the University of North Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He currently works as a freelance cinematographer and CGI artist in Jacksonville.

Special thanks

Mark Ari — For your encouragement, time, and kind words. To our group, you will always be the Reader.
Dr. Betsy Nies — For your invaluable help with the Yes, They’re Real II event on campus.
And to everyone who happens to read our work, thank you!


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