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Nancy Beasley
, Master's, English Education, Georgia College & State University

Alex E. Blazer, Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University, is Associate Professor of English. After studying literature and photography at Denison University, he earned a Ph.D. in twentieth-century literature and critical theory at The Ohio State University.  His poetry scholarship focused on the relationship between American poetry and critical theory in the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in the monograph I Am Otherwise: The Romance between Poetry and Theory after the Death of the Subject.  His research on the contemporary American novel examines the relationship between postmodern culture and existential madness; and he has published essays on Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk and Paul Auster. His teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature (particularly the postmodern novel, film and contemporary poetry) and critical theory (particularly existentialism and psychoanalysis).  Here are his curriculum vita and teaching portfolio; and his recent courses include Post-War American Poetry, Psychoanalytic Film Theory, and SciFi and Philosophy.

Beauty Bragg, Ph.D., English, University of Texas

Amy Burt, Ph.D., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University

Craig Callender, Ph.D., Linguistics, University of South Carolina is Associate Professor of English. He currently teaches courses in Linguistics (including History of the English Language), Medieval Language and Literature (Middle English), and World Literature. In the past, he has taught German Language, Translation, and Cultural Studies as a TA at the University of South Carolina and as a visiting lecturer at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany. His research is primarily in historical and Germanic linguistics, particularly West Germanic gemination and the High German consonant shift. He has also worked on phonological theory, including the relationship between Neogramarian sound change and lexical diffusion. Recently he has begun to consider the role of listener perception in phonological change. Having earned a Master’s degree in MIS, he has also done some research in the field of Information Systems.

Peter Carriere, Ph.D., English, University of Nebraska

Janet Clark, Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Washington. Her recent courses include Fundamentals of Public Speaking (docx).

Scott Dillard, Ph.D., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University

Jennifer Flaherty, Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Allen Gee, Associate Professor of English, teaches Fiction Workshops, Prose Forms, other Creative Writing seminars, and Multicultural Literature classes. He edits fiction and nonfiction for Arts & Letters. He has received fellowships from Yaddo and the Texas Commission on the Arts. He is currently working on a novel called Paul & Julia that will be represented by Gail Hochman. His most recent stories appear in Ploughshares and Juked.  Other work appears or is forthcoming in: the Crab Orchard Review, Lumina, the Rio Grande Review, Gulf Coast, the Concho River Review,THIS Literary Magazine, the Newtown Literary Journal, Slab and elsewhere.   An essay on teaching will appear in the forthcoming anthology Creative Writing in the Community by Continuum. Gee received an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.

Bruce Gentry, Ph.D., English, University of Texas, is Professor of English at Georgia College and Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review. He teaches courses on Flannery O'Connor, Southern Literature, and American Literature Since 1920, as well as core courses. He is the author of the book Flannery O’Connor’' Religion of the Grotesque, published by the University Press of Mississippi and available in paperback, the editor of the volume The Cartoons of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College and co-editor of At Home with Flannery O’Connor: An Oral History. His articles on O’Connor's works appear in Flannery O'Connor's Radical Reality, Flannery O'Connor in the Age of Terrorism, Wise Blood: A Re-Consideration, "On the Subject of the Feminist Business": Re-Reading Flannery O'Connor, Flannery O'Connor: New Perspectives, The Southern Quarterly, etc. Publications by Gentry on other American fiction writers include Conversations with Raymond Carver (a collection of Carver's interviews, for which Gentry was co-editor) and articles on E. L. Doctorow and Philip Roth in Contemporary Literature, South Atlantic Review, Shofar and South Carolina Review. In 2007 and in 2014, Gentry was co-director for "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor," a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers; each Institute brought 24 college professors to Milledgeville for a month of studying O'Connor’s works. Gentry has also co-directed O’Connor conferences in Milledgeville in 2006, 2008 and 2011. His curriculum vita is here (doc) and his recent courses include Flannery O'Connor (doc) and Southern Literature (docx).

Ariel Gratch

Martin Lammon, Ph.D., English, Ohio University, is MFA Program Coordinator and Fuller E. Callaway/Flannery O'Connor Chair in Creative Writing. He 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, Mid-American 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 (runner-up for the Iowa Literary Nonfiction award), Zone 3 (named a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2009), and The Chattahoochee Review (winner of the Lamar York Prize for Creative Nonfiction). In 2007, he was selected for GCSU’s Distinguished Professor Award. Here is his curriculum vita (doc).

Jeffrey MacLachlan has recent or forthcoming work in New Ohio Review, Eleven Eleven, 2600, Santa Clara Review, among others. His manuscript 315 Gods is currently under review at various publishers.

Mary Magoulick, Ph.D., Folklore, Indiana University, is Professor of English. Dr. Magoulick has also coordinated the Women’s Studies Program at Georgia College (Spring 2011 and 2013-2014). She teaches courses in folklore, Native American literature, women’s studies, and sometimes other areas like nature writing, popular culture, world lit, and existentialism. After receiving a B.A. in English (University of Michigan—Dearborn) and an M.A. in English (University of Virginia), as well as a major focus in French (including a year abroad in Dijon), she joined the Peace Corps (serving in Senegal), which deepened her interest in cross-cultural study. After post-Peace Corps backpacking travels and a year teaching English at Radford University in Virginia, she found a graduate program that allowed for a more interdisciplinary and culturally-based approach to the study of art (including myths and literature) in the folklore Ph.D. program at Indiana University. For her dissertation, she spent two years doing fieldwork in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, among Ojibwe people, focusing on narratives and poetry of cultural renewal. She has published articles from this work, along with other articles on Native American writers, women and popular culture, and mythology. Dr. Magoulick has traveled extensively as part of her on-going interest in cultural studies and cross-cultural contact (including a Fulbright in Croatia, teaching for Semester at Sea, in Sweden and for USG study abroad programs). She often draws from such travel as a means of comparing cultures and reflecting upon our own culture. Here is her website, where she includes links to all her courses (including syllabi, lectures notes, assignments and more), some creative writing (or links to such; e.g., travel blogs), her curriculum vita, and lots of information about all she teaches and studies.

Laura Newbern, MFA, Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College, is a poet whose work has appeared in such magazines and journals as The Atlantic Monthly, The Oxford American, TriQuarterly and several other of the nation's top literary venues. Her work was also selected for Best New Poets 2007, for which she was featured at the Spring 2008 Virginia Festival of the Book. She recently won the 2010 First Book Award from Kore Press for her book of poems, Love and the Eye, as well as a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She also holds an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from New York University.

Eustace Palmer, Ph.D., English, University of Edinburgh

Michael Riley, Ph.D., Liberal Arts/Literature, Emory University

Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, Life Goes to the Movies, a novel, and several children’s books. His memoir,Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist’s Memoir, was short-listed for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize. His most recent novel, The Water Master, was awarded the Pirate’s Alley/William Faulkner Society Prize for best novel. 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 full-length play, A God in the House, based on Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide machine. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Georgia College and State University and teaches at Antioch University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Here are his curriculum vita (pdf) and teaching statement (pdf).

Jessica Shumake, Ph.D., Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona, also holds a master’s
degree from University of Windsor’s department of philosophy and a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University in English and philosophy. Her work on the rhetorical and affective dimensions of archives has been published in The Writing Instructor and TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Her
research and teaching interests include public rhetorics, community-university partnerships, K-16 composition pedagogy, civic dialogue, and queer studies. She serves as the Book Review and New Media editor for the Community Literacy Journal and has for the past four years been a leader within high school and university bridge programs designed to excite students and promote college access through collaborative learning and writing

Katie Simon, Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley

John Sirmans, MFA, Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University

Debora Steffani, Ph.D., English, Georgia State University, was educated in Italy, where she earned an MA in English and German from Ca’Foscari University (Venice). Her research focuses on issues of sexuality, ethnicity, citizenship, and religion in Asian American literature. She is currently working on an essay for publication on digital assignments for literature classes.

Elaine E. Whitaker, Ph.D., English and American Literature, New York University. Here is her curriculum vita (doc), and her recent courses include Composition for Chemistry/Physics Cohort (doc) and Composition for Psychology Cohort (doc).

Claudia Yaghoobi, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

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