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Ray McManus

Title: Interim Executive Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Professor of English
Department: Office of Academic and Student Affairs
USC Sumter
Phone: 803-938-3817

WBE Administration Bldg
Room 108

Resources: Merit Page

Writer in Residence, Columbia Museum of Art

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Teaches or has taught the following courses

ENGL 101 Critical Reading and Composition
ENGL 102 Rhetoric and Composition
ENGL 200 Creative Writing, Voice, and Community
ENGL 280 Literature and Society 
ENGL 283 Special Topics in British Literature: The Irish Question
ENGL 285 Special Topics in American Literature: The Rough South
ENGL 285 Special Topics in American Literature: The Beat Generation
ENGL 286 Poetry Survey
ENGL 360 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 427 Southern Literature
ENGL 438C Regional Literature: Writers of Ireland
ENGL 463 Business Writing
ENGL 464 Poetry Workshop


Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Carolina, 2006
M.F.A. Poetry, University of South Carolina, 2001
B.A. English (Writing Intensive), University of South Carolina, 1997



The Last Saturday in America (Hub City Press, 2024)
Found Anew: Writers Responding to Photographic Histories (University of South Carolina Press, 2015)
Punch. (Hub City Press, 2014)
Red Dirt Jesus (Marick Press, 2011)
Left Behind (Stepping Stones Press, 2008)
Driving through the country before you are born  (University of South Carolina Press, 2007)

Journals and Anthologies

James Dickey Review • POETRY • Birmingham Poetry Review • Yemassee • Ashville Poetry Review • Pinch • Crazyhorse • Sand Pedro River Review • TalkingRiver • Cold Mountain Review • storySouth • The Healing Muse • The Good Men Project • Prairie Schooner • The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature • Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005 • Prairie Schooner • Barely South Review • Natural Bridge • Hayden’s Ferry Review • Blue Collar Review • Town Creek Poetry • Steel Toe Review • Waccamaw • South Carolina Review Open-Eyed and Full Throated: Irish American Poetry • Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry • Seeking Jonathan Greene


The Governor’s Award for the Arts, 2023
Jasper Artist of Year for Literary Arts, 2020
Gilbert High School Alumni Hall of Fame, 2019
John J Duffy Award for Teaching Excellence, 2019  
Chris Plyler Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, 2018
Hugh T Stoddard Sr. Award for Outstanding Faculty, 2017
Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Book of Poetry in North America, 2015
USC Sumter Professor of the Year Award, 2011-2013, and 2015
Mortar Board Teaching of Excellence Award, 2008-2009