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.

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.

Abigail Fitzpatrick is a writer from slightly-south-of-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from West Virginia University, with minors in Political Science and Creative Writing. She is a Woodfin Fellow in Poetry and a Senior Editorial Assistant at Crazyhorse. When she is not writing, she is playing with her three rescue bunnies, painting, or studying concepts in international government/law, economics and public policy.

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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.

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Angelica Manglona, born in Guam and raised in Charleston, is the type of person who will show you unsolicited pictures of her two dogs and cat. She holds a B.A. in English from College of Charleston and is a recipient of the Dorothea Benton Frank Fellowship.  Her fiction, published under A. Sirena, can be found in Paper Darts and Bellingham Review.

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Michael Plunkett is a writer from Long Island. He served in the United States Marine Corps and after working in the financial industry for Fidelity Investments and Morgan Stanley for several years began pursuing fiction writing as a career. He is a 2021 VCCA Fellow and his writing has been published by Dead Reckoning Collective, The Havok Journal, and We Are the Mighty. He currently lives in Charleston where he works as an EMT while he completes his M.F.A. at the College of Charleston.

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.

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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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Drew Welborn is a fiction writer from Anderson, South Carolina. He earned his B.A. in English from Anderson University and his M.A. in English from Clemson University. He is a second-year M.F.A. student at the College of Charleston, where he is a Woodfin Fellow and Senior Editorial Assistant for Crazyhorse. When he isn’t writing, you can find him on the tennis court or binge watching reruns of Seinfeld.

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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.

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