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Faculty and Staff

Ray McManus

Title: Chair of the Division of Arts and Letters and the Division of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
Director of Faculty, Curricula, and Courses for Dual Enrollment Programs and Professor of English
Department: Division of Arts and Letters
USC Sumter
Phone: 803-938-3817

Arts and Letters Building, Room 115

Resources: Merit Page
Dr. Ray McManus

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 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



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



Selected Academic Conferences, Professional Presentations, and Workshops

“Lent: In the Little Things” for Downtown Church, March 2020
“Writing Through Art” as Tri-DAC Guest Artist, Columbia Museum of Art, July 16, 2019
Wildacres Writing Retreat, Core Faculty, Marion NC, July 6-13, 2019 
“Finding Love in Our Mistakes” for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) in Beaufort, SC, April 11, 2019
“Odes to Ordinary Things” for the South Carolina Poetry Society, March 30, 2019
ABC Advancement Site Workshop – Creative Writing for Middle and High School Teachers, Heyward Career & Technology Center, September 29, 2015
ABC Advancement Site Workshop – Creative Writing for Elementary Teachers, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, September 17, 2015
(Re)Verse: Back Up from Painting – Using Poetry to Communicate our Understanding of Art, Sumter School District Fine Arts In-Service, Sumter Opera House, August 13, 2015.
Writing in Place, Wofford University, July 10-12, 2015
(Re)Verse: Going Anywhere by Going Back, Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts, Converse College, June 9 and 10, 2015
(Re)Verse: Crafting the Ownership of Language by Writing Poetry, South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education 2014 Arts Integration Conference, Columbia SC, October 2-3, 2014
“Some Thing Maimed: The Infallibility of the Present in Sean Thomas Dougherty's Irish American Poetry” American Conference for Irish Studies, National Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 8-11, 2014.
“Amharc Mór: “The Grand View” of Campbell McGrath’s Irish-American Poetry” American Conference for Irish Studies, National Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 10-13, 2013.
“Every Other Kind of Irish: Complicating Irish American Identity through Southern Literature” American Conference for Irish Studies, National Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, March 30-April 2, 2011.
“‘There’s No Getting Away from It If You’re Irish’: Irish Immigrant Identity in the American South of Gone with the Wind” American Conference for Irish Studies, National Conference, Galway, Ireland, June 10-13, 2009.

Selected Media Appearances 

In the Stacks, By the Sea George County Library, 2020
Library Voices SC State Library Podcast, 2019 
By the River, A Lowcountry Authors Series PBS, Beaufort, SC, 2018
South Carolina Focus with Tut Underwood, South Carolina Public Radio, 2017
Word Play, with Ed Madden, Asheville Public Radio hosted by Jeff Davis, 2015
Your Day, Clemson University Radio Productions hosted by Jillian Weise, 2014
The Toilet as Ars Poetica, Air Schooner hosted by Stacey White, 2013 

Selected Readings

Palmetto Poets: Speaking of the South at the Peace • Wonders of Writing at Spartanburg Community College • Carolina Mountain Lit Fest • Western Carolina Literary Festival • Open Eyed and Full Throated in Kansas City MO • An Evening with Ray McManus, Monte Verde FL • Deckle Edge Literary Festival • Blank Page Poetry • Pat Conroy Literary Festival • Two Writers Walk Into a Bar • Upcountry Literature Festival • Festival for the Book • Poetrio • Blue Ridge Book Festival • AWP • Emrys Reading Series •  Camden Irish Fest • Tea and Poetry Series •  SoundBites at the Governor’s Mansion  • The Starry Place Between the Antlers: Columbia Celebrates James Dickey • Madtown Literary Festival • SC Book Festival • Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry Series  University of Mary Visiting Writers Series • Prairie Schooner Visiting Writer’s Series 


Campus and University Service

Palmetto College Academic Advisory Committee
Center for Oral Narrative, Director

Community Service

Board of Governors for the Academy of South Carolina Authors, Chair
Columbia Museum of Art, Writer in Residence 

Professional Service

Archibald Rutledge Creative Writing Scholarship, Judge
Young Minds Dreaming – High School Verse category, Judge
Contributing Editor, Jasper Magazine 2017-present


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