Faculty and Student Success

Student Achievements

Creative Writing undergraduates who have gone on to M.F.A. and other graduate programs include Erin Reardon, New Mexico State University; Robert Perry Ivey, GA State, M.A., Sarah Lawrence, M.F.A.; Rachel Estridge, Emerson College; Mikayla Avila Vila, Florida State U.; Joseph Linsey Gray; Florida State U.; Scott Long, U. of Minnesota; Natalie Sharp, U. of Colorado; Grayson Maxwell, Bowling Green; Hali Sofala, U. of Wisconsin, M.F.A., Ph.D, U. of Nebraska; Joshua Lavender, U. of Maryland; Eric Lockaby, U. of Southern Carolina; Arrie Brown, East Carolina, M.A.; Leanna Wharram, U. Tennessee, M.A.; Brett Chatham, M.A.; George Hulbert, Duke University, M.Ed.; Garlaine Luck, Georgia State U., M.Ed.; Lorien Campbell, UGA, M.ed; Chelsea Cobb, Emory U., M.Div.

Mikayla Avila was the Boston Review’s 2016 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest winner.

Kasey “Lizzie” Perrin has been named Georgia College’s 2017 Academic Recognition Day Student and will be honored at this spring’s undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Current third-year M.F.A. fiction writer Mike McClelland and poetry alumnus Miller Oberman will both publish books this year. McClelland’s first book, Gay Zoo Day: Tales of Seeking and Discovery, will be released in fall, 2017 by Beautiful Dreamer Press. Oberman's book The Unstill Ones, a collection of poems and Old English translations, will be published in fall, 2017 by the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets.

Literature undergraduates who have gone on to to M.A. and Ph.D. Programs include Mikaela LaFave, Ph.D. Program in English, U. of Georgia (full fellowship); Darby Witek, M.A. Program in English at Auburn U. (full fellowship); Mike Russell, Comparative Literature M.A. Program at the U. of Georgia; and Caroline Quick, MA Program in English, Georgia State U. Literature undergraduates who have gone on to law school include Alina Venick, U. of Georgia Law School and Miles Skedsvold, U. of Georgia Law School.  M.A. graduate students who have gone on to Ph.D. Programs include Sal Talluto, Georgia State U and Matthew Higgins, Georgia State U.

Faculty Achievements

Beauty Bragg's monograph, Reading Contemporary African American Literature: Black Women’s Popular Fiction, Post-Civil Rights Experience, and the African American Canon, was released in paperback in June, 2016.

Mary Magoulick's article, "Telling New Myths: Contemporary Native American Animal Narratives from Michigan," was published in the premier scholarly journal in her field, the Journal of American Folklore in winter, 2017.

Kerry Neville’s second short story collection, Remember to Forget Me is forthcoming in fall, 2017.

Peter Selgin’s memoir, The Inventors, was published in March, 2016, and received many fine reviews, most notably from Library Journal who declared that the book was "destined to become a modern classic."

Katie Simon's article, "Affect and Cruelty in the Atlantic System: The Hauntological Argument of Henry David Thoreau's Cape Cod," was published in the premier scholarly journal in her field, ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture in 2016.