Faculty and Students


The most important element of an education in writing is the quality of the program’s faculty and staff. Students attending the College of Charleston’s MFA Creative Writing program benefit from the wisdom, expertise, and love of the word and its teaching by nationally and internationally acclaimed writers who have long been practicing and professing the art. Faculty include:

In addition, faculty and staff have served in various capacities, from first readers to editors with literary journals such as The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Epoch, Cimarron Review, Ironhorse Literary Review, Blue Mesa Review, and, of course, swamp pink and Crazyhorse, bringing to our students a deep knowledge of the writing and publishing process.


Our MFA graduate students join us from all across the country: California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Read full bio notes about our writers here.  

MFA Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Our MFA graduate students and alumni have published books and in literary journals, such as Birmingham Poetry Review, Blood Orange Review, Chattahoochee Review, Crab Creek Review, Hobart, Homology Lit, River Teeth, Roanoke Review, Rock and Sling, The Shore, Sonora Review, Third Coast, and Ghost City Press’s My Loves: A Digital Anthology of Queer Love Poems. They have won nationally competitive fellowships, placed in national and regional contests, and have gone on to Ph.D. programs in Creative Writing and English Literature. Here are some highlights:

Jammie Huynh (MFA / ARCM ’23 ) published her first poetry collection, Out of Darkness, with Free Verse Press.

Kangkang Kovacs (MFA ’23) was awarded second place in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition for her essay, “Firecracker Bill.” 

Michael Plunkett (MFA ’22) was awarded a NEA Fellowship for Military Veterans at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts for a writer’s residency in November 2021.

Joshua Garcia (MFA / ARCM ’21) was awarded the 2021-22 Stadler Fellowship in Literary Arts Administration at Bucknell University.

Erin Davis (MFA ’21) was awarded third place for her short story, “Moon Ride,” in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition.

Dakota Reed’s (MFA ’20) poem “Doe, a Deer” won the Nancy Walton Pringle Prize from the Poetry Society of South Carolina. Her nonfiction lyric essay, “What It Means to Wade” earned an Honorable Mention in the 2020 AWP Intro Journals Project competition. 

Gardner Dorton (MFA ’19) was accepted into the Ph.D. in Creative Writing program for poetry at Florida State University. His chapbook, Stone Fruit, won Glass: A Journal of Poetry’s contest and was published in Spring 2021.

Thomas Ryan Coughlin (MFA ’19) was accepted into the Ph.D. English Program at the University of South Carolina.

Ren Jones’s (MFA ’19) story, “Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Has 8 Symptoms,” earned an Honorable Mention in the 2020 AWP Intro Journals Project competition.