Department of English


RichardAlex Barry is an English Literature major and aspiring fiction writer. After graduation, he plans to travel overseas to teach English while honing his craft in Bohemia, the homeland of starving artists.


BrennenTerry Brannen is a senior Performing Arts major at Clemson University. He works for The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts as a carpenter and a stagehand. He will graduate in Mayof 2013.




Kat ClarkKat Clark is a senior who is dual majoring in English (Writing and Publication Studies) and Performing Arts (Vocal Performance). In her freetime Kat is the Historian for Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity and a member of the High 5 Club. After graduation in December of 2013 she hopes to work in Arts Administration.



Dorsey CraftDorsey Craft is a senior English major at Clemson. In addition to working with the Clemson Literary Festival for the last two years, Dorsey works in the Clemson Writing Center and is a member of Alpha Phi sorority. After graduation, she hopes to study poetry at an MFA program somewhere in Texas.



Joshua KulsethJoshua Kulseth is currently a junior at Clemson and is majoring in English with a minor in Creative Writing-Poetry. He is from Charleston, South Carolina.



Emily MattinsonEmily Mattison is a sophomore majoring in English Writing and Publication Studies with a particular love for writing fiction. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity and Students Helping Honduras. She also writes and acts as promotions director for The Chronicle, Clemson’s student art and literary magazine. After her graduation in May 2015, she intends to earn an MFA in fiction.


Gabby NugentGabby Nugent is currently a junior at Clemson University. She is from New Jersey and is majoring in English with a concentration in Writing Publication Studies. Apart from the Literary Festival, she has previously worked on the campus literary magazine, is a member of Delta Zeta sorority and is currently the campus editor of ClemsonBuzzz.




RichardDustin Pearson is a first year graduate student in the M.A.E program at Clemson University. His literary interests include Postcolonial literature, ethnic American literature, and genre-bending. He writes poetry and fiction. 



Jenna RichardJenna Richard is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Writing and Publication Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship.  She has a particular interest in writing poetry and hopes to further her craft through an MFA in creative writing.  Jenna will graduate in May of 2014.



John RichardJohn Richard is a senior philosophy major. He thinks he wants to pursue a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. During his free time, he plays trombone, and writes stories. He’ll probably graduate May 2013. 




Joslyn VonKaenel Joslyn VonKaenel is a senior English major at Clemson. In addition to working in Student Financial Aid, she is currently helping to design an iPad application for Virginia Woolf scholars in a Creative Inquiry group. She will graduate in May 2013 and hopes to attend graduate school or find an internship in publishing.




Jillian Weise is the author of The Amputee's Guide to Sex (2007) and The Colony (2010). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and Tin House. Her next collection of poetry, The Book of Goodbyes, won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and will be published by BOA Editions in 2013.


MorrisKeith Lee Morris is the Founder, Co-Director and Faculty Adviser of the Annual Clemson Literary Festival. He is the author of two short story collections, Call It What You Want and The Best Seats in the House, and two novels, The Dart League King and The Greyhound God.





John PursleyJohn Pursley III is the author of If You Have Ghosts and four chapbooks. When he’s not teaching at Clemson, he works as a poetry editor at the Burnside Review and Rowboat: Poetry in Translation and reads fiction for The South Carolina Review. He joins the Clemson Literary Festival as co-director this year.




Wayne Chapman is Professor of English at Clemson University. He has edited The South Carolina Review since 1996. He is the founding Director of the Center of Electronic and Digital Publishing in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and has been the Executive Editor of Clemson University Digital Press since 2000. 

The students of English 385, Children's Literature taught by Megan MacAlystre, worked to organize the Family Day event.


Alyssa CarverAlyssa Carver is a first year graduate student in the MAPC program. She received her B.A. in Professional Communication from Francis Marion University, and she is currently focusing on web and information design at Clemson. Alyssa works in the Clemson MATRF and is one of two webmasters for the Literary Festival. 




Michelle TutenMichelle Tuten is a first year graduate student in the MAPC program.  She studied English with an emphasis in Writing Publications and minored in Psychology as an undergraduate, but returned to learn more about digital media, visual communication, and design.  Michelle is currently working as a staff member in the MATRF and is one of two webmasters for the Literary Festival.