Daytona State College

2020 Contributor Biographies

Alexander Thomas

"I'm 25 years old and have been writing poetry for almost ten years now. The poems here convey just some of the many I wrote while I was living in South Korea. Whether saddening or inspirational, these experiences shaped me into the person I am today."

Amy Hampton

"I'm Amy Hampton and I lived through domestic violence. I'm a simple person and I try very hard to be kind and honest. I am rebuilding a life for my grandson and me. I do hope this will help someone."

Brett Jaffe

"I was born and raised in Florida. I'm currently in school, working towards a bachelor's degree in history, with the ultimate goal of receiving a doctorate and teaching at university."

Caitlynn Lawler

“My name is Caitlynn and I am an aspiring novelist. I love all things books and writing, and I dabble in poetry when I’m being inundated with too many emotions.”

Grace Neal

"I am from Ohio and a nursing major at Daytona State College. 

The arts have always been an interest for me. 

Writing is the medium that I use to express the beauty of the world around us."

Rebecca Lewis

"I am a mother to four children. I enrolled to become a Registered Nurse. My hobbies include writing and helping impoverished people and animals."

Samantha Strukel

"Hi, my name is Samantha Strukel, I’m a returning student at Daytona State College. I thoroughly enjoy expressing myself through creative outlets such as writing. It has always been a dream of mine to captivate readers by sharing my thoughts and ideas whether it's through personal experiences or creating fictional stories that others can relate to."

Tanairi Feliciano

“I am a hard-working student who loves to write during my spare time. I was known to be a quiet person, but I am coming out of my shell to share my talents with other people and go beyond.”

Yafeng Lin

"I moved to America in 2013 from China. The differences between the two cultures have been challenging. It’s also a great chance for a person like me who is curious about everything to explore. Every day I enjoy my time as an outsider."