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
Her poetry & creative nonfiction has appeared in magazines & journals including The Atlantic, Arts & Letters, Alaska Quarterly Review, Black Warrior Review, Brevity, Broadsided Press, CutBank, Gastronomica, Gulf Coast, H-ngm-n, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hobart, Juked, Linebreak, Mid-American Review, The Normal School, Quarterly West, Passages North, Puerto del Sol, Third Coast, Verse Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume Three.
She is the poetry editor of Midwestern Gothic and the recipient of full fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Willapa Bay AiR. Christina is an assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, and a visiting faculty member in the Murray State University low-res MFA program. She tweets about mastodons, coney-style hot dogs, and other current fixations as @olsonquest.
Jared Yates Sexton is an Associate 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, Screenwriting Online, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Creative Writing Online, Creativity Online
Laura Valeri has taught at Georgia Southern University since 2003. She is the authors of three books of short stories and a book of short memoirs: The Dead Still Here (Fiction, SFA Press 2018), Safe in Your Head (Fiction, Stephen F. Austin University Press Literary Prize in fiction) and The Kind Of Things Saints Do (Fiction, University of Iowa Press Iowa John Simmons Award Winner) and Dog Island (Memoir, Galaad Edizioni forthcoming in 2018). 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 is the founding editor of Wraparound South, a literary journal connected with the department of Writing & Linguistics. She’s also a contributor for Fiction Writers’ Review, and a contributor and reviewer for Writing & Pedagogy on subjects ranging from the science of creativity and the creative process, to articles about teaching online. She was a Hambidge and 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.