Our Writers

Erica Appleton is a first-year fiction writer, who hails from just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up on a Cumberland River tributary, and she credits much of her writing’s inspiration to her naturalist upbringing. She earned her B.A. from the College of Charleston–a place that she fell in love with.

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Lorne Chambers is a writer from Charleston, South Carolina. He received his B.S. in Sociology from the College of Charleston, where he minored in creative writing and wrote for The George Street Observer. For the last 20-plus years, he has been working as a journalist. He is currently the editor and publisher of two award-winning community newspapers (West Of Free Press and The Folly Current) in the Charleston area. As a reporter his work has been featured in well over a dozen publications. He is pursuing his M.F.A. in poetry. Lorne lives in West Ashley with his wife and their beloved boxer/bulldog mix.

Katie Chea is a Chinese-Khmer poet from Rock Hill, South Carolina. She recently graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Data Science. With a passion for poetry, she turned towards the arts and curation as a path to pursue post-grad. She hopes to combine her knowledge of technology with art in future projects. Outside of writing, you can usually find her painting, thrifting, or taking pictures of her sister’s dog.

Tanner Crunelle studied cultural theory, literature, and the U.S. South as a student at the College of Charleston Honors College, and since graduating in 2020 has shared his critical humanities research internationally. He now returns to his hometown as the 2022-2024 Woodfin Fellow in the College of Charleston poetry MFA. He concurrently studies at the European Graduate School, as an MA student in Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought. In his free time, he mentors LGBTQ+ student leaders at CofC through an eponymous scholarship and serves on the College of Charleston Foundation Board of Directors. He prefers tea to coffee and—of course—mustard BBQ sauce.

Tony Ferrese grew up in Baltimore, Maryland but has lived in South Carolina for many years. He served six years in the US Air Force before enrolling at CofC, where he earned his B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing. He now lives in Summerville, SC with his wife and two dogs. He is a 2021 Amy T. McCandless Fellow. Tony’s story “Cruel Prison” was awarded honorable mention for the Sarah Goad Memorial Prize, his story “Leap Year Tragedy” was featured at English Day 2021, and his article “Balancing the COVID Pandemic and the Opioid Epidemic” was published on the CofC Medical Humanities blog. When not writing, he likes to travel, create new experiences, seek new inspirations; otherwise, he enjoys playing drums, reading, and watching compelling shows, movies, and documentaries.

Annie Grimes is a writer from Conway, Arkansas. In 2022, she received her B.A. in Creative Writing and Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas, where she served as the assistant editor of her college’s undergraduate literary magazine, Vortex. She is a first-year M.F.A. fiction student at the College of Charleston, as well as a Hall Director in the Department of Residence Life. When she is not writing or working, she can be found reorganizing her bookshelf, exploring Charleston with an overstuffed tote bag, or posting rambling reviews of books on her personal blog.

Ellen Gwin is a poet from Jackson, Mississippi, who graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Writing. During her undergraduate degree, she spent a year studying French, history, and classical ballet at Sorbonne University. In March 2021, 805 Lit + Art Mag published Ellen’s poem “I Am Fermenting.” In September 2021, Humankind Zine published her poems “Birth of a Beer Bottle” and “Choosing Happiness.” Ellen writes poetry about universal truths and morality using literary and historical allusions as well as imagery found in the natural world. She draws inspiration from various hobbies such as ballet, fashion, and painting. While at College of Charleston, Ellen will work as an editorial assistant at swamp pink.

Samantha Hann is a writer from a suburb of Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She recently earned her B.A. in Cinema & Media Studies and English with a Writing Concentration from Gettysburg College in May 2021. She is a first-year M.F.A. fiction student at the College of Charleston where she hopes to focus on the interworkings of writing and the importance of storytelling. When she’s not writing, you can find her binging the latest Netflix series, exploring downtown, or trying to pet strangers’ dogs.

Jammie Huynh is a poet from Hartsville, South Carolina. She received her B.A. from Winthrop University in English and Spanish with minors in sociology and political science. She is a Woodfin Fellow in Poetry and a 2021 Amy T. McCandless Fellow. Besides writing, she loves being active. You can usually find her skateboarding or playing volleyball or basketball.

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Kangkang Kovacs, born in Nanchang, a flavorful small city in Southeast China, got her B.S. from Peking University and came to the University of Virginia for her Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Physics. After graduating, she moved to central coast California, teaching physics and Math at UC Santa Barbara for years. She has a couple of seven-year-old twins–an iron-willed girl and a daydreamer boy. As their mother, her own dream of becoming a writer remained as vivid as when she was a second-grade tomboy. She has written and published a series of essays and a historical fiction in Chinese, has translated fiction and nonfiction works from English to Chinese, and is currently working on a novel in English. Asides from reading and writing, she likes to play piano, paint with watercolors and hit the beach.

Elise Lusk, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, recently traded the Ozarks for the Atlantic in pursuit of an M.F.A. in Fiction. Her experiences growing up in a one stop-light town greatly influence her writing as does her love of magical realism. In her free time she enjoys toting her tiny dog Cowboy around in his puppy backpack, frequenting the Marion Square farmer’s market, and reading at Folly Beach.

 

Rachael Mockalis is a fiction writer from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She obtained her BA in English from Columbus State University, where she won several awards for her writing, performed some readings, and struggled to learn French. She aspires to plan literary events, publish a literary journal, and become a dirt witch who lives in the woods. Besides reading and writing, her interests include her dog, nature, still struggling to learn French, mythology, and figuring out how to live in the woods.

 

Hanna Reynditskiy was brought up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied narrative at USC (the Southern Californian one) and found spiritual ecstasy in the book stacks of Doheny. She is currently working on becoming one with the all-knowing eye and all its paradoxical biases; in other words, she will be focusing on writing a variety of short stories at CofC as a fiction student. Part of her personality lies between the want for spontaneity and need for meticulous adherence. She’s also a nut about plant-focused cooking and throwing down a groove to anything remotely silly.

 

Emilie Ross was born in Santa Cruz, California and earned her B.A. in creative writing from the University of Colorado Denver. She edits for C.U. Denver’s literary magazine, Copper Nickel, and now pursues her M.F.A. in creative fiction writing at College of Charleston, South Carolina. She also paints.

 

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Ben Schools is a writer born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Virginia, where he enjoyed his sojourn in the Blue Ridge foothills. As a first-year M.F.A. student, he hopes to develop the craft of fiction writing and share further his love of the SC Lowcountry through storytelling. When he’s not reading or writing, you can find him on the water somewhere, most likely surfing any of the local breaks.

 

Campbell Sullivan hails from Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from Furman University in 2019 majoring in English and Visual Art. Before starting her graduate studies, Campbell has worked at an alpaca farm, a pottery studio, and Walt Disney World. She is studying fiction and participating in the Arts and Cultural Managment opportunity within the program. Campbell enjoys writing about living along the Carolina Coast, life’s daily whimsies, and what makes being on this planet as a human so interesting and complex. Campbell loves the feel of sand between her toes and a brand new pen in her hands.

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Amanda Tigar is a writer originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She recently graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in English. Now as a first-year M.F.A. candidate at the College of Charleston, she is a Woodfin Fellow and Editorial Assistant at Crazyhorse. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys relaxing to a true crime documentary, drinking too much coffee, and playing Dungeons and Dragons whenever she can.


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Hailey Williams is a poet from Charleston, South Carolina. She received her B.A. in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and acted as the 2019 Artist in Residence at the Dry Tortugas National Park. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading cross-legged on the floor of used bookshops or knee-deep in pluff mud.

 

 

Sofie Williams is a poet from Athens, Georgia. She has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Georgia with a minor in English. Besides writing, she enjoys painting, playing music, and spending time in nature.

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