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Short Bio: Ann Browning Masters, Ph.D.
In 2015 the Florida Historical Society Press published Ann Browning Masters’ Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and journals, read at history and literary conferences, recognized at the Florida Folk Festival, and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives. She continues to read from her work in the Eckerd College Road Scholar Program. In 2015, Dr. Masters was knighted by the St. Augustine Easter Festival for her dedication in promoting St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage.

A St. Augustine native, she is a 12th generation Floridian. Her heritage includes being a Floridana, a descendant of Spanish settlers during Florida’s First Spanish Period. She is also a Menorcan, a descendant of the Italian, Greek and Menorcan colony who came to St. Augustine in 1777 during Florida’s British Period.

 

Long Bio: Ann Browning Masters, Ph.D.
Ann Browning Masters completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Master’s and Specialist’s degrees in Counseling Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida. Her doctoral dissertation received the University of Florida College of Education Kimball Wiles Outstanding Dissertation Award and the Education Law Association Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Dr. Masters has held clinical and administrative positions in mental health and drug abuse treatment agencies. She retired with 27 years of service as a counselor and faculty member at St. Johns River State College. She is a recipient of multipleWho’s Who Among American Teachers awards. Her academic writing on gender equity issues has been published in education journals.

Dr. Masters is a founding board member of the Los Floridanos Society, a heritage association for descendants of First Spanish Period settlers in St. Augustine. She is a  long-time member of the Menorcan Cultural Society, a heritage association for descendants of Italian, Greek and Menorcan settlers who arrived in St. Augustine in 1777. She served on the Board of Directors of the St. Augustine Historical Society and continues as a member of its Journal of History Editorial Board.

She is the author of Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers:  Poetry of St. Augustine, published by the Florida Historical Society Press in 2015.  Poetry from this collection has been published in anthologies and journals, read at history and literary conferences, recognized at the Florida Folk Festival, and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives.  She continues to read from her writing on Floridanos and Menorcans in the Eckerd College Road Scholar program.

In 2015, Dr. Masters was knighted by the St. Augustine Easter Festival for her dedication in promoting St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage.  A Floridana, a Menorcana, and St. Augustine heritage native, she is a 12th generation Floridian.

 

Articles
Poet Ann Browning Masters describes St. Augustine childhood, submitted by Lightner Museum to St. Augustine Record, June 27, 2016, staugustine.com; http://staugustine.com/living/sunday-life/2016-06-25/poet-ann-browning-masters-describes-st-augustine-childhood

Immortalizing Floridianos, Minorcans and Cattle-Whip Crackers, Laura Hampton, May 18, 2014, staugustine.com; http://staugustine.com/living/sunday-life/2014-05-18/immortalizing-floridianos-minorcans-and-cattle-whip-crackers

 

Podcast, YouTube, and Interview

December 16, 2016
Radio interview by Joyce Lundgren, The Joyce Lundgren Show, WFOY, St. Augustine

September 11, 2015
Speaker/reader at Florida Historical Society, Cocoa, Florida; view on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryyCJHAnPKk

July 8, 2015
Florida Frontiers Radio Show, Florida PBS, Ann Browning Masters:  Poetry of St. Augustine; also available at Florida Frontiers, podcast #227
https://myfloridahistory.org/frontiers/radio/program/227

Ann Browning Masters, Ph.D.

Author at Monte Toro, Menorca, Spain

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Ann Browning Masters, Ph.D.

Author at childhood home of Dylan Thomas, Swansea, Wales

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