Our Community


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.



Allen Gee 

  • Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
  • Ph.D., University of Houston; MFA, Iowa Writers Workshop
  • At GC since 2004

Allen Gee teaches Fiction, Prose Forms, Creative Nonfiction, and supervises GC’s Writers in the Schools Program at Early College.  His essay collection, My Chinese-America was chosen by Lee Gutkind for the SFWP Award Seriesand released in April, 2015. Gee is currently working on a novel, Paul & Julia and is represented by Gail Hochman.  His most recent stories have been in Ploughshares and Juked.  Other work appears in the Portland Review, The Crab Orchard Review, Lumina, The Common, and Gulf Coast.  Gee edits fiction for Arts & Letters and has received fellowships from Yaddo and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Laura Newbern

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

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

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 forthcoming short fiction collection, Remember To Forget Me, and of the award-winning short fiction collection, Necessary Lies.  She is also a regular blog contributor for The Huffington Post.  She has twice received the Dallas Museum of Art Prize for Fiction, and has also been awarded 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.



Thomas Caron, Morgan Coyner, Margaret Delisle, Pooja Desai, Noah Devros, Quataize Dutch, Abbie Lahmers, Kristy Maier, Ernestine Montoya, James Phenis, Andrew Schofield, and Mark Sellers.


Isabel Acevedo, Brittany Barron, Moriah Bray, Cooper Casale, Joshus Dean, Danielle Johnson, Scarlett Peterson, and Faith Thompson.


George Brannen, Miranda Campbell,  Kirstie Johnson, Leah Kuenzi, Ryan Loveeachother, Alexandra McLaughlin, and Jennifer Watkins. 



Writers Who Publish

Although we don’t expect incoming students to have published their work, since our program began in 2001, our students have been publishing their poems, stories, and essays in many national journals.

GC students have published in such journals as Backwards City Review, Big Muddy, Bloom, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, Descant, Dos Passos Review, Eclipse, International Poetry Review, McSweeney’s, Meridian, Nimrod, Pebble Lake, Poet Lore, Quick Fiction, Rattle, Redivider, River Teeth, Salt Hill, Santa Clara Review, Spinning Jenny, Thema, Touchstone and many others.

 Alumni Donors Thank You

Danny Bauer

Ashlee Crews

Janet Dale

Steve Lavender

Shawn Parkinson

Daniel Plunkett

Seth Tomko

William Torgerson

Gwendolyn Turnbull

Christopher Varn



Our alumni have been up to many great things, and we are excited to share just a few with you here.  In addition to being published in many journals, our alumni have been winning awards and publishing collections, including: 

Alumnus M.F.A. fiction writer Mike McClelland (2017) and poetry alumnus Miller Oberman (2006) both published books in 2017. McClelland’s first book," Gay Zoo Day: Tales of Seeking and Discovery", released in the fall, 2017 by Beautiful Dreamer Press. Oberman's book "The Unstill Ones", a collection of poems and Old English translations,  published in the fall, 2017 by the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets.

  • T.J. Sandella (poetry, 2013) has been chosen as one of the Best New Poets 2014. He has also won awards including the William Matthews Poetry Prize (2014, Asheville Poetry Review), the Academy of American Poets Prizes and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize. 
  • Will Torrey (fiction, 2010) won "Zone 3's" 2011 Editors' Prize for his story "Trajabar." Read his August 2013 "Working Writers Series"interview online at "The Missouri Review."
  • Miller Oberman (2006) is a past recipient of the Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His collection "Useful" was a finalist for the 2012 National Poetry Series. Read “Old English Rune Poem,” a new translation  published in "Poetry" (July/August 2013).
  • Ashlee Adams Crews's (2006) story “Bird Feed” (in "McSweeney’s) won a Pushcart Prize in 2010. Her story “Church Time” won NC State’s 2011 James Hurst Prize. In 2012, her collection "Called Out" was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and in 2013 she received the "Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award." Read her story “Restoration” online at "Shenandoah."
  • Bill Torgerson’s (2007) most recent novel is "Horseshoe" (Cherokee McGhee, 2012). He teaches at St. John’s University. Check out his blog “The Torg”.

Keep in touch with all our outstanding alumni as well as current MFA students and happenings at the program’s Facebook page!

Georgia College offers a unique setting for students interested in pursuing their MFA in Creative Writing. Our university is small (about 6,500 students), located in historic downtown Milledgeville, former capital of Georgia from 1803-1868 and location of Andalusia, historic home of writer Flannery O’Connor.

Milledgeville is in the heart of Georgia, only 90 miles from Atlanta and an easy drive to the beaches of Savannah and Tybee Island or to the foothills of North Georgia. Milledgeville was the state capital from 1803 to 1868 and is the site of the newly restored Old State Capitol and Old Governor’s Mansion.

The historic downtown features shops, restaurants and taverns just two blocks from campus. The climate is warm, with mild winters and "zero" annual average snowfall. Our community offers places where writers can have a cup of coffee, meet friends and relax. Downtown restaurants, coffee shops, and stores blend small town and college town living into an ideal setting for serious writers.

You might recognize a place or character from the short stories of Flannery O’Connor or Alice Walker (who grew up in nearby Eatonton). Andalusia is the farm where author Flannery O’Connor lived from 1951 to 1964. O’Connor was living at her farm when she completed all of her published books of fiction. Andalusia is open to the public (see their website for more information). 

Learn More About Milledgeville


John Sirmans
Coordinator of the MFA Program

Campus Box 44
Milledgeville, GA 31061
By Phone: (478) 445-3509