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SexenyjJulie 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. In June 2014, her film "Perfect Attendance," based on a short story by George Singleton, won the Audience Favorite Award in the Third Annual Expecting Goodness Film Festival.
 
trakasdpDeno Trakas is the Laura and Winston Hoy Professor of English at Wofford. 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.
 
singletongwGeorge Singleton, who holds the John C. Cobb Chair in Humanities, has published six collections of stories, two novels, and a book of writing advice. His next collection, Calloustown, will be published in November 2015. 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. 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.”
 
Mike CurtisC. Michael (Mike) Curtis has been the influential and highly regarded fiction editor of The Atlantic Monthly since 1963. He has taught writing, editing, and literature at Wofford since 2006, when he and his wife, the novelist Elizabeth Cox, were recipients of the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities.
 
Cathy S. BowersA native of South Carolina, poet Cathy Smith Bowers earned a BA and an MAT at Winthrop University. Bowers’s collections of poetry include The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas (1992), Traveling in Time of Danger (1999), A Book of Minutes (2004), The Candle I Hold Up to See You (2009), and Like Shining from Shook Foil (2010). For many years the poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, Bowers currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens, as well as at Wofford. Bowers has won many prizes for her work, and from 2010 to 2012, she was poet laureate of North Carolina.