Erik Deckers was the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House. He is a proud graduate of Ball State University, earning his B.S. in Philosophy and M.A. in College Student Personnel Administration.
Erik moved to Orlando in 2015, after spending his entire life in Indiana. He owns a content marketing agency, ghostwrites books, and has worked in sales and marketing for nearly 29 years, as well as spending a couple of years handling crisis communication for the Indiana State Department of Health.
Erik has co-authored four books on social media marketing, including Branding Yourself and No Bullshit Social Media, as well as his first novel, Mackinac Island Nation, the first chapter of which was his submission for his Kerouac residency.
Erik is married to Toni, a local jazz singer and actor, and they have three children, Maddie, Emma, and Ben.
Marelize Roets is a globe-trotting South African currently living in Central Florida. She is rapidly gaining her ten thousand hours of experience writing and she lives her life by making bad decisions until someone comes from the future to stop her. She primarily writes screenplays, short scripts, flash fiction, and short stories.
Her work has previously appeared in The Writer’s Path 2023, Bending Genres, FishFood Magazine, and Scarlet Leaf Review. Her short script, “Table,” has been selected as the category winner (Best Short Script/Screenplay) by Festigious International Film Festival (December 2022), Paris Play Film Festival (June 2022), and Top Shorts Film Festival (May 2022), among others. She is also an educator, an assistant editor at Ghost Parachute. Follow her on Twitter @MRoetsWritrix. Visit her online at https://www.marelizeroets.com.
William C. Jones is a commercial relationship manager at SunTrust and has over 25 years of Institutional and Commercial banking experience.
William is actively involved in the Orlando community, currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Rollins College – Hamilton Holt School. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer for the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando, Inc.
William has previously served the community as Board Member for the Good Shepherd Catholic School Foundation, mentor for Orlando/Orange County COMPACT and a Board Member for the Florida Development Finance Corporation.
Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand, where he worked as a journalist before moving to Orlando in 2010. As a radio host and reporter in Central Florida, Matthew has covered elections, the economy, hurricanes, rocket launches, and Orlando’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. With more than a decade of experience telling stories of Central Florida’s dynamic and growing community, Matthew recognizes the historic and cultural value of the Kerouac project and the value that it brings, not only to the literary community but the cultural identity of Orlando.
Vice President, Residency
Brett Pribble is a teacher, writer, and editor. He moved to Orlando from the retirement home known as Sarasota after graduating high school. In the past few decades, he’s knocked on doors and volunteered for various progressives causes and organizations.
He’s taught creative writing at Full Sail University since 2006. His stories have appeared in such places as Stirring: A Literary Collection, decomP, Saw Palm, The Molotov Cocktail, Maudlin House, and Five of the Fifth. He is the editor-in-chief of Ghost Parachute, a flash fiction magazine.
Brett has been on both the Board of Directors and Selection Committee of the Kerouac House since 2015.
John King is the author of the postmodern adventure novel Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame, published by Beating Windward Press in 2019. His creative work has appeared in Gargoyle Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly Annual, Turnrow, and more. He is the host of The Drunken Odyssey: A Podcast About the Writing Life, which has appeared on recommended podcast lists at The Millions, Book Riot, Reedsy, and others.
Moriah Russo is a curator, art writer, and organizer based in Orlando, Florida. She holds a BA from Rollins College in Art History and Studio Art. Moriah has co-curated the semiannual publication and exhibit of feminist art, AGENCIES, facilitated community workshops and meet-ups for the annual Orlando Zine Fest, and contributed freelance arts coverage for the Orlando Weekly and other local publications over the past decade.
Her work first for Orlando’s only independent bookstore, Bookmark It, then as events manager for a regional hub for live music and alternative arts culture, Will’s Pub, widened Moriah’s involvement within Central Florida’s literary, performing, and visual arts scenes.
Moriah has recently focused her organizing efforts in Sanford, serving as director of Hollerbach’s Art Haus Gallery, where she curates exhibitions and workshops highlighting the strengths of artists working throughout Central Florida.
Moriah joined the Board of Directors for both the Jack Kerouac Writers Residency Project of Orlando and the Sanford Art Alliance in 2023.
Ciera Horton McElroy
Ciera Horton McElroy is the author of ATOMIC FAMILY (February 2023). Her work has appeared in AGNI, Bridge Eight, Iron Horse Literary Review, the Crab Orchard Review, and Saw Palm, among others. Ciera is a novelist, short story writer, and owner of a boutique consulting agency, Clover and Bee Communications, which serves studios such as Lionsgate and Kingdom Story Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and nonprofits like Open Eyes. She currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and two children.
Genevieve Anna Tyrrell
Genevieve Anna Tyrrell is a mixed media artist, editorial illustrator, creative writer, and editor. Her art has appeared in The Rumpus, Smokelong Quarterly, and Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. Her writing has been published in Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, Hippocampus, and Carve Magazine. She is an assistant editor for Ghost Parachute.
She earned her BS in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and her MFA in creative writing at the University of Central Florida. Previously, she has worked for Sony Pictures Studios. Genevieve has been on the Kerouac Project Selection Committee since 2014. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and daughter.
Pat is a curator, artist, grant writer, fund raiser, and consultant. He books, organizes, and hosts arts-related events around Central Florida. He specializes in contemporary culture, art, music and literary events.
Pat’s most recent project is The Orlando Billboard Art Project. He curated, organized and did the fundraising for the event. He worked with Clear Channel and the Downtown Arts District (Orlando).