Dana De Greff

Fiction. Poetry. Features. Criticism.



University of Miami, 2015 to 2018
MFA, Creative Writing

The University of Texas at Austin, 2009 to 2011  
MA, Creative Writing

Florida State University, 2004 to 2008
BA, English, Spanish minor


Miami Arts Charter School, Homestead, Florida, 2018 to present
Director of Creative Writing
Lead middle and high school classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other forms of creative literary expression such as flash fiction and screenwriting. Organize field trips, fundraisers, and collaborations with other departments in the school and community at large.

The Sunroom, Miami, Florida, 2016 to 2018
Teaching Artist
Assist with and lead poetry classes to 3rd and 4th graders at Orchard Villa Elementary School in Liberty City with a focus on literacy, creative expression, and community engagement. 

VONA/Voices, Miami, Florida, 2016
Community Outreach/PR
Work with the local and national communities to spread the word about VONA, the nation’s only multi-genre summer writing workshops taught by established writers of color to emerging writers of color.

Miami Herald, Miami, Florida, 2015 to 2016
Book Critic
Read, analyze, and write book reviews for online and print media at the the Miami Herald. 

Miami New Times, Miami, Florida, 2014 to present
Arts & Culture Writer
Research, interview, and write articles for online and print media with a focus on literature, writing, and art.

Royal Media Partners, Miami, Florida, 2014 to 2015
Editor and writer for RMP, which creates original content for all onboard lifestyle magazines at Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises.                     

Conservación Patagónica, Valle Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile, 2012 to 2013
English Instructor; Public Outreach; Blogger
Led English classes for students of varying levels; blogger and researcher for conservacionpatagonica.org.

Badgerdog Literary Inc., Austin, Texas, 2011 to 2012
Creative Writing Workshop Instructor
Led bilingual workshops for elementary students with a focus on self-expression, literacy, and community. Helped organize local and community-wide bilingual readings, events, and fundraisers throughout Austin.

AWARDS & Fellowships

3rd-place winner for “Storms,” Glimmer Train Fiction Open JAN/FEB 2019

Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series Winner for ALTERATIONS, 2018

Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award, 2018

Literary Artist-in-Residence at the Deering Estate, 2017-2018

Dean’s Summer MFA Fellowship, 2017

Knight Arts Challenge Winner, 2016

Knight Arts Challenge Finalist, 2016

2nd place winner, Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction, 2016

2016 Fred Shaw Prize in Fiction, 2016

Story Houston Contest Issue 2nd place winner: “Miami Boys" 2015                                                              


Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop in Poetry with Rowan Ricardo Phillips, 2017

TENT Workshop in Amherst, Massachusetts, 2016

Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon,  2016


Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours

Fluent in English and Spanish