Creative Writing faculty
Julie Sexeny received a B.A. from Barnard College, a Ph.D. from Emory University, and an M.F.A. in filmmaking from Columbia University. At Wofford she teaches film studies, screenwriting, and directing in the English department; her research focuses on the construction of gender, sexuality, and subjectivity in film. Her background in English informs her screenwriting, especially when adapting literary texts. Julie wrote and directed the short film “Reagan in Kabul” based on the short story by John R. Saylor in the Expecting Goodness Film Festival in Spartanburg in the spring of 2013; the film won awards for Best Film, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Audience Favorite.
Deno Trakas is professor of English and chair of the English department at Wofford. He has published fiction and poetry in magazines such as The Denver Quarterly and The Oxford American and two chapbooks, The Shuffle of Wings and Human & Puny. Three of his stories appeared in New Southern Harmonies (with stories of Rosa Shand, George Singleton and Scott Gould), which won the Independent Publishers’ Award for Best Fiction Collection. His novel After Paris was a finalist for the James Jones Award for a First Novel, and his play “The Old Man and the Tree” won the Harvey Jeffreys Original One-Act Play Contest at Lander University. He has also won several South Carolina Fiction Project Prizes and an individual artist fellowship in fiction from the South Carolina Arts Commission.
George Singleton, who holds the John C. Cobb Chair in Humanities, has published five collections of stories, two novels, and a book of writing advice. His nearly 200 published short stories have appeared in 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. Essays about his work have appeared in 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. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution labeled him “the unchallenged king of the comic southern short story.”