UGrow Fellows 2018-19

Maria Esquinca

Maria Esquinca is UGrow Fellow in Development Writing in the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Advancement. She is a second-year MFA poetry student. She received a Master's of Mass Communication from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Previously, she studied multimedia journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. She was the 2018 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize winner. Her poetry has been published in Scalawag Magazine and is forthcoming from the Florida Review. A fronteriza, she was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas

Ashley Hemm

Ashley Hemm is UGrow Fellow in Museum Collections at HistoryMiami Museum. She is a second-year PhD student in the department of English. Her research interests include speculative fiction, archival studies, and fandom studies, and how they intersect in a digital medium.

Koi K. James

Koi K. James is UGrow Fellow in the College of Arts&Sciences Program for Internship-Related Experiences/ASPIRE. She is a native of Trinidad and Tobago who completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish and International Business at the University of Miami. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Program of International Studies, where her research focuses on international political economy, development and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lilianne Lugo Herrera

Lilianne Lugo Herrera is UGrow Fellow in Digital Humanities in the UM Libraries. She is a PhD Candidate in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies (Modern Languages and Literatures Department). Lilianne received her BFA in Theater Studies from the University of Arts (ISA), in Havana, Cuba. She is interested in Theater and Performance Studies, Media Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

Stephanie Lane Sutton

Stephanie Lane Sutton is the UGrow Fellow/Managing Editor of the Creative Writing program’s literary journal, Sinking City. Her writing has recently been published or is forthcoming in The Offing, The Adroit Journal, and Black Warrior Review.

Kerri-Leanne Taylor

Kerri-Leanne Taylor is the UGrow Fellow/Program Coordinator at the Center for the Humanities. She is a third-year English PhD student. Kerri’s research interests include post humanism, animal studies, and ecofeminism in contemporary literature and film.

Barry Williams

Barry Williams is UGrow Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Communications. He is a second year PhD student in the English Department. He is interested in queer black diaspora studies and imagery/photography.