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"I believe the true wealth of CCU's MAW program is the staff. Working in classrooms and through one-on-one meetings or just having countless conversations about writing, I've found both mentors and friends. My writing became something new. Sometimes it found a new inspiration. Sometimes it found new purpose. When I discovered what was possible, I jumped into this program with both feet and found myself transformed."

Derrick Bracey, MAW alum 


Dan Albergotti—Professor Poetry

Professor, EnglishDan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads, (BOA Editions, 2008) which was selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, and Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), which was selected by Rodney Jones as the winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition in 2013. He is also the author of a limited-edition chapbook, The Use of the World, published by Unicorn Press in 2013. Albergotti's poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, Mid-American Review, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. His first chapbook, Charon's Manifest, won the 2005 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Competition, and one of his poems was reprinted in Best New Poets 2005. His poem "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale" won the 2005 Oneiros Press Poetry Broadside Contest and was printed in a limited letterpress edition in March 2007. He has been a scholar and fellow at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers' conferences and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and two of his poems have received a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, he founded the online journal Waccamaw at Coastal Carolina University, where he is professor in the Department of English.

Jason OckertProfessor Fiction

‌Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, his debut novel and two short story collections: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches.  Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, The Iowa Review, One Story and McSweeney's

Joe Oestreich—Professor Creative Non-fiction

Joe Oestreich (760) Updated Nov 2020Joe Oestreich is the chair of the CCU Department of English. He is the author of the memoir Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll, published in 2012 by Lyons Press. His second book, Lines of Scrimmage: A Story of Football, Race, and Redemption (co-written with Scott Pleasant), is forthcoming in September 2015 from the University Press of Mississippi. His essays have appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, The Normal School, and other magazines. He has been awarded a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, honored by The Atlantic Monthly, and shortlisted in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007The Best American Essays 2008 and 2009, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2010 and 2014. Oestreich is the Nonfiction Editor of Waccamaw, Coastal Carolina University's online literary journal. 

Jessica Richardson—Assistant Professor Fiction

J. RichardsonJessica Lee Richardson, a New Jersey native, lived in Brooklyn and performed Off-Broadway and elsewhere for years before earning her M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Alabama in 2013. Her short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (FC2, 2015), won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was longlisted for a PEN American Center award. Stories and poems also won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum and have been featured online at The Short Form, Ploughshares, and the Authonomy Sunday Shorts Series by Harper Collins. Her fictions have appeared in some great journals, including Word Riot, BOAAT, Joyland Magazine, and others. She is currently an assistant professor at Coastal Carolina University and working on several new books.


David Kellogg—Associate Professor Professional and Technical Writing

David Kellogg(760) EnglishDavid Kellogg received a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University. He comes to Coastal Carolina from Boston, where he directed the Advanced Writing in the Disciplines program at Northeastern University. He has also taught composition and scientific writing at Duke, and in the summer of 2010 was a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore, where he taught a graduate class in scientific writing. 

In his original field of twentieth-century poetry and poetics, he published articles on poets (including Charles Olson and Thomas Kinsella) and theorists (including Marjorie Perloff) as well as his own poetry in a range of journals. His recent work in composition and the rhetoric of science has been published in journals such as CCC and Pedagogy and as a chapter in the edited collection Writing Against the Curriculum. His paper "Toward a Post-Academic Science Policy: Scientific Communication and the Collapse of the Mertonian Norms," won two awards: the 2006 Access to Knowledge (A2K) Writing Competition, sponsored by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and the 2007 award for Best Article in the Philosophy or Theory of Scientific and Technical Communication, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. 

He is currently finishing a textbook, Writing Laboratory Science: A Guide for Emerging Investigators, and beginning work on a monograph, The Rhetoric of Anti-Science: Definitions and Exclusions along the Scientific Borderlands.

 Denise Paster—Associate Professor Composition

Denise Paster(760) EnglishDenise Paster is an associate professor of English in composition and rhetoric. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010), an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2001), and a B.A. from Bridgewater State College (1999).

Her scholarly interests include writing program administration, reflective and inquiry-based pedagogies, teaching writing with emerging technologies, and qualitative research methods. Her current research is grounded in the possibilities presented by digital distribution and composition's focus on the public turn and questions what a move to publish means for student writers. She is currently working on a manuscript titled "Practices of Value: A Materialist View of Going Public with Student Writing."

Paster has taught courses in composition and rhetoric, developmental writing, advanced composition and rhetoric, and graduate seminars in composition theory and teaching with technology at Coastal Carolina University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, where she also served as the Coordinator of Writing.

Her publications include "Reading Multiple Literacies: An Exploration of Language, Identity, and Power," "Beyond Grammar: Building Language Awareness in the Writing Classroom," and the Instructor's Manual to accompany "Exploring Literacy."

Christian Smith—Assistant Professor Rhetoric

Christian Smith (760) March 2018Christian Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Coastal Carolina University where he teaches and researches composition studies, rhetorical theory, and digital rhetoric. He earned a B.A. at the University of Louisville, an M.A. at Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in the Composition and Rhetoric program at the University of South Carolina.




Alan Reid—Assistant Proessor Instructional Technology
Alan Reid (October 2017) 760x760

Alan Reid is an assistant professor of first-year writing and instructional technologies. He received a Ph.D. in instructional design and technology from Old Dominion University, an M.A. in teaching from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University. His scholarship focuses on metacognition and self-regulation, particularly in new media. He has written extensively on digital badges in higher education, generative learning strategy use in digital text, the implementation of social media in higher ed, and a variety of other topics including the effects of social annotation and perceptual span on reading in digital media and the relationship between media usage and narcissism. Reid also continues to work as an evaluation analyst in the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University.


Becky Childs—Professor Linguistics

Becky Childs is a professor of linguistics in the Department of English at Coastal Carolina University. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Georgia, M.A. in English from North Carolina State University, and B.A. in English from the University of Florida. Her research takes an ethnographically informed approach to language change in phonetic and phonological systems of varieties of English (African American, Bahamian, Southern English, Appalachian English, and Newfoundland English). Her recent work has focused more closely on issues of identity, salience, and local language change in Newfoundland and Appalachian English. She is the co-editor of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics (Routledge, 2013) as well as a number of other articles and chapters on sociolinguistic variation.

J. Daniel Hasty—Associate Professor Linguistics 

J. Daniel Hasty is an assistant professor of linguistics, joining the English Department at Coastal Carolina University in 2012. He is a sociolinguist specializing in syntactic variation with a focus on Southern United States English. He studies language variation, especially morphosyntactic variation in Southern English, through a blend of quantitative sociolinguistic and syntactic field methods. His theoretical analysis of the structure of the double modal construction of Southern English has been published in Lingua, and a discussion of microparametric variation in Southern English appears in Raffaella Zanuttini and Larry Horn's volume on Micro-parametric Variation in North America. Hasty’s quantitative sociolinguistic analyses of double modal acceptance and usage in Northeast Tennessee as well as in the Verilogue, Inc. corpus of doctor-patient consultations have been published in two articles in the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics.

Additionally, Hasty studies language attitudes in the South. Because of this, he is interested in Southern identity construction, issues associated with the Standard Language Ideology, and representations of Southern English and Culture in literature and popular culture. His studies of language attitudes in the South have appeared in Tributaries, Journal of the Alabama Folklife Association as well as the forthcoming collection Speaking of Alabama: Language History, Diversity and Change to be published by the University of Alabama Press. 


Jen Boyle—Professor Early Modern Literature and New Media

Jen Boyle (Ph.D. English, M.A. comparative literature, University of California, Irvine) teaches and writes about questions of media transformation and theories of mediation. Her scholarship and teaching explore “new” media objects and performance; bodies and technology; and the virtual and material flows of objects and information through networks, from the seventeenth century to the digital present. A recipient of grants and fellowships from Brown University, the Folger Institute, and the Dibner Library for History of Science and Technology, Boyle is a member of the editorial board of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, and Punctum Books. She has written a book, Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect, that looks at how the technologies and media of perspective in the early modern period offer us a different way of thinking about our own digital technologies, webs, and interfaces. She is also a collaborator-author of new media installations, including “The Hollins Community Project” (in collaboration with Virginia Tech). With Martin Foys, she co-edited a special journal issue of postmedieval (“Becoming Media”) that experimented with open and crowd-sourced peer review. Her current project is a multi-graph, produced in collaboration with digital artist and designer Alli Crandell, that explores mediated nets and the mesh of sovereignty between the early modern and the present.

Steve Hamelman—Professor American Literature

Steve Hammelman (760) October 2017Steve Hamelman teaches courses in American literature, literary and media theory, and composition. His scholarly work is reflected in many publications and conference papers on the early American novel, theory, and popular music. He earned degrees at Colgate University (B.A.), the University of Maine at Orono (M.A.), and Brandeis University (M.A., Ph.D.). He has been a full professor since 2001.


Anna Oldfield—Associate Professor World Literature

Anna Oldfield teaches world literature because she loves the world. "I'm serious," she says, "there is nothing I love more than to meet people, speak their language, eat their food, read their literature, and watch their films. I try to understand what they love and how they think about things. I learn a lot that way." Students often enter Anna's classes thinking they are going to learn about something exotic and strange, but although there are differences between cultures, the more she travels the more she realizes how much people are the same. Anna has spent over six years living and teaching abroad, including in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and most recently, China. She has a master's degree in Russian and a Ph.D. in Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specialized in the Caucasus and Central Asia with a minor in Ethnomusicology--AND got to spend two years in Azerbaijan working with epic singers! She wrote her dissertation and a book about Azeri woman bards, and she writes on a lot of different things including Russian, Azeri, Kazakh, Turkish and Urdu literature, music and film. Anna is trying to get more Central Asian literature translated into English, and right now is collaborating on a collection of Uzbek short stories and Kazakh folk tales. She writes both scholarly and non-scholarly stuff, you can see some of her writing here.

Oldfield still works with living bardic singers in the Caucasus/ Central Asia and on cultural exchange projects like the Smithsonian Folkways Music of Central Asia series and the Madison World Music Festival. She's hoping to bring some musicians from the Caucasus and Central Asia to Coastal sometime soon! If you take her class you can expect to read literature from all over the place (Russia, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, Europe), to see some interesting films, and to read, write and talk (a lot) about the world. 

Kate Faber Oestreich—Associate Professor British Literature

Kate Oestreich (760) October 2017Kate Faber Oestreich teaches courses in English literature of the long nineteenth century.  She holds a PhD, MA, and BA in English from The Ohio State University. Her scholarship focuses on  new media, feminism, cultural materialism, and sartorial semiotics, and she has published articles in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Victorians Institute Journal, The CEA Critic, and ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. She is currently working on a book Transmedia Storytelling: Pemberley Digital’s Adaptations of Jane Austen and Mary Shelley (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018) with Jennifer Camden (University of Indianapolis)Oestreich also edits the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s popular Q&A feature on the 19 Cents blog

Tripthi Pillai—Associate Professor Renaissance Literature

Tripthi Pillai joined the Coastal faculty in 2010, and is an associate professor of English Renaissance literature. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago. Her recent work focuses on theories of temporality and spatiality in the context of early modern drama. These days she is working on several critical and creative projects that also inform her teaching: a book-length study on Shakespeare and Photographical logics; a critical-creative piece on cuteness and violence in Bollywood's "item" musicals and Christopher Marlowe's plays; and an essay on the onticology of shoes in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Pillai's teaching expertise are in the areas of Shakespeare studies, Renaissance English literature, critical theory, and cultural studies.