Creative Writing Faculty:
Christina Olson: Assistant Professor
Courses: Poetry Writing, Advanced Poetry Writing, Creative Nonfiction Writng, Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing, Creative Writing, Creative Writing Online
Christina Olson is the author of Before I Came Home Naked and Rook & The M.E.: A Law & Order-Inspired Narrative. Her poetry and nonfiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Brevity, River Styx, Gulf Coast, Passages North, The Normal School, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 3. She is the poetry editor of Midwestern Gothic, and lives both in Georgia and online at www.thedrevlow-
Jared Yates Sexton is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University. He also serves as Managing Editor of BULL, a national literary magazine that focuses on issues of modern masculinity. His writing has appeared in publications around the world like The Southern Humanities Review, The Emerson Review, NANO Fiction, PANK, Hobart, among other venues. He has been nominated for a handful of Pushcart Awards, The Million Writer’s Award, Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web, and his manuscript Just Listen was a finalist for The New American Fiction Prize. His work has been also featured in the Best of the Net Anthology and Wigleaf’s Top 50 Fictions. His first collection of stories An End To All Things was published by Atticus Books in December of 2012 and has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Publisher’s Weekly, and other national magazines and journals. Recently his collections The Hook and The Haymaker and I Am The Oil of The Engine of The World were acquired by Split Lip Press and his crime-novel Bring Me The Head of Yorkie Goodman acquired by New Pulp Press. He can be reached on Twitter at @jysexton and his website (jysexton.com) has plenty of neat drawings.
Laura Valeri Associate Professor
Courses: Fiction Writing, Advanced Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Creative Writing Online, Creativity Online
Laura Valeri has taught at Georgia Southern University since 2003. She is the authors of two books of short stories, Safe in Your Head (Stephen F. Austin University Press Literary Prize in fiction) and The Kind Of Things Saints Do (University of Iowa Press Iowa John Simmons Award Winner). Her fiction, nonfiction, and essays on writing and the creative process appear in various journals and websites, including GlimmerTrain, Creative Nonfiction, GulfStream, Waccamaw, Conjunctions, Mason’s Road, Night Train, Adirondack Review and others. She’s a contributor for Fiction Writers’ Review, and has contributed numerous essays to Writing & Pedagogy on subjects ranging from the science of creativity and the creative process, to articles about teaching online. On her spare time, she is an editor of the upstart Mojito Literary Society, a quirky literary review for the aspiring and the vain. She was a Sewanee Fellow and a finalist and winner of various awards, including The Glimmer Train Family Matters, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, New Letters Awards, Leapfrog Literary Press, the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the John Gardner Award in Fiction. She has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University.
Theresa Welford: Professor
Courses: Creative Writing, Writing for Young Readers, Writing The Undead
Theresa Malphrus Welford, who teaches first-year writing and creative writing at Georgia Southern University, earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia (in the United States) and a PhD from the University of Essex (in England). Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she has published two edited collections of poetry (The Paradelle: An Anthology and The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems, both with Red Hen Press), along with essays, book chapters, critical articles, and individual poems. Her Trans-Atlantic Connections: The Movement and New Formalism is forthcoming from Story Line Press. She is currently working on several creative projects, including books for young readers, and is co-authoring (with M. C. Pennington) two writing texts for college students, Welcome to My World: A Writing Course, and Creative Approaches to Essay Writing.