Chair and Staff
Dr. Alex E. Blazer, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Literature Program, specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and critical theory. His publications include I Am Otherwise: The Romance between Poetry and Theory after the Death of the Subject; articles on contemporary American authors Paul Auster, Bret Easton Ellis, and Chuck Palahniuk; and an article on the cult film Donnie Darko. He teaches modern and contemporary American literature, film, poetry, critical theory survey, focused studies in literary criticism (existentialism and phenomenology, reader-response criticism, Marxist criticism, psychoanalytic film theory), global horror film, and science fiction and philosophy.
Interim Co-Chair and Associate Professor
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University
3-27 Arts & Sciences Building
Professor John Sirmans earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University. He teaches introduction to American literature, writing about literature, intermediate fiction writing, and first-year composition practices.
M.F.A Administrative Assistant
3-29 Arts & Sciences Building
M.A., English Education, Georgia College & State University
3-14 Arts & Sciences Building
Professor Nancy Beasley earned her M.A. in English Education from Georgia College & State University. She teaches composition, world literature and utopian/dystopian worlds.
Director of the Writing Center and Assistant Professor
Ph.D., English, University of Georgia
2-56 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Joy Bracewell earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia. In addition to being the Director of the Writing Center, she teaches composition and first-year composition practices.
Ph.D, English, University of Texas
3-12 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Beauty Bragg earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas. She teaches courses on America's diverse cultural heritage, introduction to Black Studies, black women artists, Alice Walker, and the Harlem Renaissance.
Ph.D, Linguistics, University of South Carolina
3-17 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Craig Callender is a historical linguist and phonologist who works on Germanic languages, including English. He regularly teaches History of the English Language, Medieval English Literature (Middle English), Human Language, Structure of Present-Day English, and World Literature. His research is primarily on the evolution of sound systems in Germanic languages, where he is interested in how comparative dialectology can aid in the reconstruction of historical processes. He also co-directs the European Council Summer Study-Abroad Program in Berlin, and is always happy to discuss study abroad (in Berlin and elsewhere) with interested students.
Ph.D, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3-22 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Jennifer Flaherty received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an Associate Professor of Shakespeare studies, and her research emphasizes appropriation and global Shakespeare. Her work has been published in journals such as Borrowers and Lenders, Comparative Drama, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, and Topic. She has also contributed chapters to the volumes The Horse as Cultural Icon and Shakespeare and Millennial Fiction. Dr. Flaherty regularly teaches courses in Renaissance literature, dramatic literature, film studies, adaptation, Milton, and Shakespeare for the Literature program. She also teaches courses for Women's Studies, GC1Y and GC2Y, and the Georgia College Honors Program.
Ph.D, English, University of Texas
3-67 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Bruce Gentry, Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review, received GC’s Excellence in Scholarship award in 2013. He is the author of Flannery O'Connor's Religion of the Grotesque, editor of The Cartoons of Flannery O'Connor at Georgia College, and co-editor of the oral history At Home with Flannery O'Connor. Gentry twice served as co-director for NEH Summer Institutes on O'Connor. Gentry has also hosted four O'Connor conferences in Milledgeville. Other publications by Gentry include Conversations with Raymond Carver and articles on Doctorow, Roth, and Carver in Contemporary Literature, South Atlantic Review, The CEA Critic, and South Carolina Review.
Ph.D., English, University of California, Los Angeles
3-04 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Julian Knox earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. His teaching and research interests include British and World Romanticism, literature and visual culture, Romanticism and popular music, theories and practices of translation, life-writing, and philosophies of time. He has published articles in the journals European Romantic Review, The Wordsworth Circle, The Coleridge Bulletin, Grave Notes, and The New German Review, and has contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Transnational England: Home and Abroad, 1780-1860. His latest article, "Ashes Against the Grain: Black Metal and the Grim Rebirth of Romanticism," appears in the collection Rock and Romanticism.
Ph.D, English, Ohio University
3-19 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Martin Lammon is the author of the poetry collection News from Where I Live (University of Arkansas Press), and his poems have been published in many of the nation’s most distinguished journals, including Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and many more. In 1997, Pulitzer Prize poet W.S. Merwin selected three of Lammon’s poems, published in Nimrod, for a Pablo Neruda Prize. In addition to poetry, Lammon has published essays about living in Costa Rica that have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and Zone 3. Since 1997, he has held the Fuller E. Callaway endowed Flannery O’Connor Chair in Creative Writing at Georgia College in Milledgeville, where he founded the national literary journal Arts & Letters and also the nationally recognized Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing graduate program.
Jeffrey H. MacLachlan
M.F.A, Fiction, Chatham University
3-09 Arts & Sciences Building
Mr. Jeffrey MacLachlan earned an M.F.A. in Fiction from Chatham University. His work has recently been published in New Ohio Review, Eleven Eleven, and Minetta Review, among others. He teaches composition, world literature, and war literature.
Dr. Mary Magoulick teaches women’s studies, Native American literature, folklore, myth, and popular culture, all with multicultural focus. She writes on the interrelationships between literature/texts and culture and has published in major folklore and popular culture journals. She is currently engaged in a book project offering a feminist critique of Goddess Culture (especially as it manifests in popular culture – e.g. Wonder Woman). She enjoys traveling (over 30 countries so far) and contemplating cross-cultural connections and culturally-based approaches to studying human artistic expressions. She has done fieldwork with Native Americans, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, studied in France, taught in Sweden, Italy, England, Ireland, for Semester at Sea, and in Croatia, the last on a Fulbright.
Ph.D, Creative Writing, University of Houston
3-25 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Kerry B. Neville is Assistant Professor of English in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing. She is the author of Remember To Forget Me and Necessary Lies. Her fiction and essays appear in journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Epoch, and Glimmer Train. She writes for online publications, including The Huffington Post, Dame, The Fix, and The Establishment. She is the recipient of The Dallas Museum of Art's Fiction Prize and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize for the Short Story. She is Fiction Editor of Arts & Letters and also is faculty for The University of Limerick/Frank McCourt International Writing program.
M.F.A, Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College
3-28 Arts & Sciences Building
Professor Laura Newbern earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She teaches intermediate poetry writing, poetry workshop, and creative writing senior seminar.
Ph.D, English, University of Edinburgh
3-06 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Eustace Palmer earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Edinburgh. He teaches introduction to African Studies, studies in international literature, African literature, development of English drama, Restoration & 18th-Century literature, and 19th-Century English novel.
Dr. Lauren Pilcher earned their PhD in Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida. Their work focuses on documentary and nontheatrical film and media with an emphasis on social identity and the American South. They teach courses in film and media and composition.
Professor Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He has written a novel, three books on the craft of fiction writing, an essay collection, and several children’s books that he illustrated. His novel, The Water Master, won the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for the Novel, and his memoir-in-essays, Confessions of a Left-Handed Man, was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize. A visual artist as well as a writer, his work has been featured in The New Yorker and other publications. He is the art director of Arts & Letters.
Ph.D, English, University of California, Berkeley
3-13 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Katie Simon’s work focuses on issues of freedom and captivity in 19th-century American literature. Her book project is entitled "Something Akin to Freedom: Race, Space, and the Body in 19th-Century American Literature." Her work has appeared in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture; Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Women's Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal and in Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life. She teaches courses such as American Literature to 1865, Critical Approaches to Literature, seminars in Thoreau and Melville, and a freshman seminar entitled Public and Collective Memory. She was awarded Georgia College's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.
Ph.D,, English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
3-23 Arts & Sciences Building
Hali F. Sofala-Jones is a Samoan American teacher and writer. Her debut poetry collection, Afakasi | Half-Caste, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in December 2018. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her poems appear in Nimrod International Journal, The Bitter Oleander, CALYX, Blue Mesa Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Vreeland Prize in poetry, two Academy of American Poets prizes, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and several other honors and awards. Sofala-Jones teaches creative writing and literature at GC and serves as an assistant editor in poetry for Arts and Letters.
Ph.D, English, Georgia State University
3-02 Arts & Sciences Building
Dr. Debora Stefani earned her M.A. in English and German from Ca’Foscari University (Venice), and she graduated in 2012 with a Ph.D. in English from GSU. She has worked at a community college, a research university, and at a technical school, before arriving at GCSU, where she teaches Freshman Composition and World Literature. When she is not busy preparing classes or grading, she focuses on her research. Her article "Fighting against Post-Colonial Optimism: In Search for Subaltern Agency in Vietnamese American Fiction" exemplifies her interest in ethnic and diasporic literature as well as in issues of sexuality, ethnicity, citizenship, and religion.
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles
3-11 Arts & Sciences Building
Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009) and Earth (Two Sylvias Press 2015) and a novel, Sur la Route (Quale Press 2015). Tzigane, le poème Gitan, the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, was published in 2014 by Scribe l’Harmattan. The text of Tsigan has been the basis of multi-media performances around the world, and a new English edition appeared from Two Sylvias press in Spring 2018. Woloch’s recent honors include a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches Creative Writing Senior Seminar, Advanced Poetry Workshop, and Writing in the Schools.
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