In 2004, Mr. Hammes earned his Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Old Dominion University, where he worked closely with several National Book Award winners, NEA and Guggenheim fellows as well as New York Times Bestsellers, like Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds, Bob Shacochis, Dorothy Allison and Bret Lott. He is a contributing writer in the recently published book, Postwar Literature 1945-1970, which is now one of Amazon’s top selling resource books. Over twenty of his short stories, essays, articles and poems have been published in various journals around the country. He won the Cypress Dome Fiction Award, six Addy Awards, was a finalist for both the Montage Poetry Award and the Paul Laurence Dunbar Award for Poetry, and was a semi-finalist in this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. He was also recently named “Charleston’s 2011 Writer to Watch.” He has worked as an advertising copywriter, a speechwriter for several United States Congressmen and was the senior writer for a catalog that has over 13 million readers nationwide. He serve on the oversight board for the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts and am presently a Writer-in-Residence and Creative Writing Instructor at the Charleston County School of the Arts.
Beth Webb Hart, a South Carolina native, is the best-selling author of six novels including Moon Over Edisto, The Wedding Machine and Grace at Low Tide. Her first two novels made Booklist’s “Top Ten Inspirational Books of 2006” list, and her last three titles have been nominated for a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association) award. Hart received her MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and her BA in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College. She has served on the faculty at the College of Charleston, the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, Ashley Hall and the Charleston County School of the Arts and has received two national teaching awards from Scholastic, Inc. Hart is the newest member of the Creative Writing program faculty. She joined the program in the fall of 2013. Hart lives with her husband, composer Edward Hart, and their two children in Charleston, South Carolina.
She holds a BFA from Emerson College and an MFA from The Solstice Low-Residency Program of Pine Manor College. She taught preschool, kindergarten,
and middle school in Asheville, NC before moving to Charleston in 2009. She spent the next six years teaching composition, literature, and creative writing at Trident Technical College. DeTiberus’ work has appeared in Mead, Rattle, The Southeast Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry. Her poem “Like That” was chosen as Honorable Mention for the 2009 Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry by Mark Doty. In 2012, her poems “I Thought After Thirty” and “Love and Other Hand Grenades” won the Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize and the Jane Moran Prize, respectively, through the Poetry Society of South Carolina. DeTiberus has since served the PSSC as Program Chair, inviting and hosting nationally renowned poets to present readings and seminars in Charleston. Her poem “Turtleneck” will appear in the forthcoming anthology Bared by Les Femmes Folles Books. Most recently, Sherman Alexie chose her poem “In a Black Tank Top” to appear in Best American Poetry 2015. In an article for Boston Review, noted poetry critic Stephen Burt, highlighted her poem as one of ten must-reads from the year’s collection. DeTiberus is the newest member of SOA’s Creative Writing faculty, and can be reached at Danielle_DeTiberus@charleston.k12.sc.us.