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Bret Lott


Address: 5 College Way, Room 301
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-5:00
Phone: 843.953.6494
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Bret Lott is the author of fourteen books, most recently the essay collection Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian (Crossway, 2013) and the novel Dead Low Tide (Random House, 2012). He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984, studying under Jay Neugeboren and James Baldwin.

From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at The College of Charleston, leaving to take the position of editor and director of the journal The Southern Review at Louisiana State University. Three years later, in the fall of 2007, he returned to The College of Charleston and the job he most loves: teaching.

He serves as Nonfiction Editor of Crazyhorse, has spoken on Flannery O'Connor at the White House, and served as Fulbright Senior American Scholar to Bar-llan University in Tel Aviv, Israel. From 2006 to 20313 he served as a member of the National Council on the Arts. He is also director of the Spoleto Summer Study Abroad program in English at the College.


*Photo Credit: Barry Moser


1984 - M.F.A., Fiction, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

1981 - B.A., English, California State University-Long Beach

Research Interests

  • Writing fiction
  • Writing nonfiction
  • Contemporary American fiction
  • Literary publishing


Courses Taught

Fiction, creative nonfiction, writing the novel, experimental fiction; Director, Spoleto Summer Study Abroad Program in English.


Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian (essay collection, Crossway 2013)

Dead Low Tide (novel, Random House, January 2012).

“Hell Hole.” Fiction in The Gettysburg Review, summer 2013.

“The Fixer: The Making of Frank Price.” Nonfiction in Virginia Quarterly Review, winter 2013.

“Story.” Essay in Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, winter 2013.