Our Faculty

Martin Lammon 

  • Poetry, Creative Nonfiction -  At GC since 1997
  • Ph.D., M.A.
  • Ohio University

Martin Lammon has won awards for both his poetry and creative nonfiction. His collection of poems, News from Where I Live, won the Arkansas Poetry Award, and his poems and essays have appeared in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, Hotel America, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poets and Writers and The Southern Review. Poems published in Nimrod were awarded a Pablo Neruda Prize. His essays about living in Costa Rica have been published in The Iowa Review , Zone 3 , and The Chattahoochee Review (winner of the Lamar York Prize for Creative Nonfiction). In 1997, he was named the Fuller E. Callaway endowed Flannery O'Connor Chair in Creative Writing. In 2007, he was selected for GC’s Distinguished Professor Award.

 

John Sirmans

  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
  • MA, MFA Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University
  •  At GC since 2006

John Sirmans is the Creative Writing Program and MFA Coordinator in the Department of English. He earned his MA in Literature and his MFA in Creative Writing at Georgia College and has been teaching at the college level since 2000. He has published fiction and creative nonfiction and has taught Writing about Literature, American Literature, Shakespeare, World Literature, Contemporary Literature, and Pedagogy for Graduate Assistants. He now teaches Creative Writing at the undergraduate and graduate level and is serving as interim co-chair of the Department of English.

Laura Newbern

  • Poetry 
  • MFA Warren Wilson College; M.A. English-Creative Writing, New York University
  •  At GC since 2005

Laura Newbern's collection of poems, Love and the Eye, won the 2010 First Book Award from Kore Press. She’s also received the prestigious Writer's Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, which recognizes outstanding emerging women writers. She teaches poetry workshops, poetics, and other courses. Laura is currently the Editor of Arts & Letters. Her poems have been published in such journals as The Atlantic, Poetry, TriQuarterly and other journals. Newbern also expresses her creative interests through black and white photography. 

 

Peter Selgin

  • Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
  • MFA, The New School
  • At GC since 2012

Peter Selgin latest memoir, The Inventors, (Hawthorn Press) was named a Best Memoir of 2016 by Library Journal. His essay, My New York: A Romance in Eight Parts, was chosen by Paul Theroux for inclusion in Best American Travel Writing, 2014. His memoir, Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist’s Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2011), was short-listed for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize; the title essay was selected for Best American Essays 2006. He is the author of Drowning Lessons (University of Georgia Press, 2008), winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction; Life Goes to the Movies, a novel, two books on the craft of fiction writing, and several children’s books. He has had a dozen notable essay citations in BAE anthologies. His stories and essays have appeared in the Missouri Review, Colorado Review, Boulevard, Glimmer Train, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Salon.com, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Sun, and other publications. Other honors include the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, a Dana Award for the Essay, and a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference Award for his play, A God in the House, based on Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide machine. He teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, journal design, editing, and production, and other courses. He is also creative nonfiction editor of Arts & Letters.

 

Kerry Neville

  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
  • Ph.D., University of Houston
  • At GC since 2016

Kerry Neville received her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, her BA from Colgate University, and was most recently an Assistant Professor of English at Allegheny College.  She is the author of the short fiction collection, Remember To Forget Me, and of the award-winning short fiction collection, Necessary Lies.  She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Fix.  She has twice received the Dallas Museum of Art Prize for Fiction, and has also been awarded The John Guyon Prize in Literary Nonfiction,The Texas Institute of Letters/Kay Cattarulla Prize for the Short Story, and the Short Story Book of the Year Prize from Independent Publisher Magazine. She has been faculty for the FrankMcCourt/University of Limerick Summer Writing School. She is a 2018 Fulbright Scholar and is teaching in the M.A. Creative Writing Program at University of Limerick in Ireland

 

Hali Sofala-Jones

  • Poetry
  • Ph.D., English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • At GC since 2016

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.

 

Cecilia Woloch

  • Poetry
  • MFA at Antioch University, Los Angeles
  • Visiting faculty 2018-2019

Cecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and traveler based in Los Angeles but "on the road" across the US and Europe six months each year. She has published essays, reviews, fiction and six award-winning collections of poems—most recently Earth (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) and Carpathia (BOA Editions, 2009). Her second collection, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, was published in French translation (Tzigane, le poème, Gitan, Scribe-l'Harmattan, 2014) and has been adapted for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe. Her first novel, Sur la Route, appeared from Quale Press in 2015. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Chateau de La Napoule Retreat for Artists, CEC/ArstLink International and the Center for International Theatre Development.