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Creative Writing faculty

SexenyjDr. Julie Sexeny received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in film, psychoanalysis and cultural theory from Emory University and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from Columbia University. As Associate Professor of English at Wofford College, she teaches courses in film studies, gender and sexuality, surveillance and new media as well as screenwriting and directing. Her essay “Identification and Mutual Recognition in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan” was published in Embodied Encounters: New Approaches to Film and Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2015), and her short films Reagan in Kabul (2013) and Perfect Attendance (2014) won numerous awards at the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival in Spartanburg, SC, where she lives and teaches.
 
trakasdpDr. Deno Trakas is the Laura and Winston Hoy Professor of English at Wofford. He teaches American literature, composition, and creative writing, and he's the Director of the Writing Center. He has published fiction and poetry in magazines such as The Denver Quarterly and The Oxford American; two chapbooks of poems, The Shuffle of Wings and Human & Puny; and the history/memoir Because Memory Isn't Eternal: A Story of Greeks in Upstate South Carolina. Three of his stories appeared in New Southern Harmonies (with stories by Rosa Shand, George Singleton and Scott Gould), which won the Independent Publishers’ Award for Best Fiction Collection. He has also won five South Carolina Fiction Project Prizes and an individual artist fellowship in fiction from the South Carolina Arts Commission. His novel, Messenger from Mystery, will be published in February 2017 by Story River Press.
 
singletongwProf. George Singleton, who holds the John C. Cobb Chair in Humanities, has published seven collections of stories, two novels, and a book of writing advice with publishers Algonquin, Harcourt, Dzanc, and Writers Digest Books. Over 200 of his stories have appeared in magazines such as the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Book, Playboy, Zoetrope, Georgia Review, Southern Review and elsewhere. His work has been anthologized in ten issues of New Stories of the South--the Year’s Best, and in a number of other anthologies as varied as Best Food Writing 2005 and Dog Is My Co-Pilot. He has received a Pushcart Prize. Essays about his work have appeared in Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader, Still in Print, and Behind the Short Story, among other books. His non-fiction has appeared in Oxford American, Garden and Gun, Bark, and elsewhere. Singleton received a 2009-10 Guggenheim fellowship, a 2011 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2010. He was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2015. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution labeled him “the unchallenged king of the comic southern short story,” and the New York Times wrote " George Singleton works territory that is not terribly fashionable these days but is durably appealing: wacko Southern."

In March, 2016, he will receive the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence from Centenary College. Previous awardees include Eudora Welty, James Dickey, Lee Smith, and Ernest J. Gaines.

whitfillpnDr. Patrick Whitfill received his Ph.D. In Creative Writing – Poetry from Texas Tech University and now teaches composition, literature and creative writing at Wofford College. His poems and short fiction have appeared in numerous journals, such as Kenyon Review Online, Subtropics, Best New Poets, Threepenny Review, Forklift, OH, West Branch, and other publications. His reviews of poetry have appeared or will appear in Colorado Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, and other venues, as well. His most recent manuscript, Curiosity, focuses on issues of discovery, Mars, physics, 80s television and family. As of 2013, he is the co-curator of the New Southern Voices Reading Series.