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Featured Faculty are literary celebrities who we are pleased and proud to present as iconic writers who represent the kind of work which our program strives to foster.


Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid, Spain and immigrated to the Unites States soon after with his exiled Cuban family. He is the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, and gay person to serve in such a role. The negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize collections of poetry, including: Looking for the Gulf MotelDirections to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and his two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. The University of Pittsburgh Press has published the commemorative chapbooks One Today, Boston Strong, and Matters of the Sea, the last of which Blanco read at the historic reopening of the US Embassy in Havana. In 2015, the inaugural poem One Today was released as a children’s book. His numerous awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, the Patterson Prize, two Maine Literary Award for Poetry, a Lambda Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received numerous honorary doctorates. In 2015, The Academy of American Poets named him its first-ever Education Ambassador. In its second year, Mr. Blanco will open the Reinhardt University M.F.A. summer residency with a reading of his poetry on July 6th, 2017. The event is open to the public, as well as his lecture on Poetry and the Presidential Inauguration the following day at 10:30 a.m.

 

Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey is a war correspondent, historian, and thriller writer, an authority on terrorism, and a memoirist. He is the Paris-based foreign editor of The Daily Beast, and is a contributor to NBC/MSNBC News. Chris also has been a frequent commentator on CNN, the BBC, and NPR. He was formerly a bureau chief for Newsweek in Paris and Cairo, and for The Washington Post in Central America and the Middle East.

Chris's most recent work of non-fiction is "Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South," published in 2015. It was a New York Times best-seller, and was published in paperback in July 2016. Pulitzer prize-winning historian James M. McPherson described it as "an engrossing account of diplomatic derring-do," and Kirkus, in a starred review, called it, flatly, "a great book." The many, many editorial reviews and the enthusiastic reports by Amazon readers speak for themselves.

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George Singleton

George Singleton

George Singleton has published seven collections of stories, two novels, and one book of writing advice.  His stories have appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Georgia Review, and elsewhere.  He’s been awarded a Pushcart Prize.  He’s a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow.  Singleton received the Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2010, and was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2014, and is a member of the SC Academy of Authors. His work has been anthologized in New Stories from the South--the Year’s Best ten times. Singleton holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College.


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