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Faculty and Staff

Michele Reese

Title: Professor of English
Department: Division of Arts and Letters
USC Sumter
Phone: 803-938-3755
Fax: 803-938-3712
Office: Arts and Letters Building, Room 108
Resources: Merit Page


University of Missouri, Ph.D., 2000
Areas: Creative Writing-Poetry, Postcolonial Literature, and Twentieth-Century
American Poetry
Dissertation: “Following Phia”

University of Southern Mississippi, M.A., 1996
Area: Creative Writing-Poetry
Thesis: “Shoes and Other Places”

University of Southern California, B.A., 1994
Majors: Creative Writing-Poetry and Print Journalism


Michele Reese joined the USC Sumter Faculty in 2002. She is primarily a poet, whose recent research includes African-American history, Modernism, Symbolism, prose poetry, and global agriculture. Her teaching interests include Creative Writing, African American Literature, World Literature, and Poetry.



Following Phia, Cincinnati: WordTech Editions, 2006


“Six Stars Market,” Poets Respond to Race anthology. Columbia: Muddy Ford Press, forthcoming
“Freedman’s School,” Found Anew. Columbia: U of South Carolina Press, 2015
“Mama Tried” and “Anatomy of a Box,” Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poets from the Carolinas. Spartanburg: Hub City Press, 2011
"Narrative Piece" and “History,” Chemistry of Color: Cave Canem South Poets Responding to Art. Columbia: Stepping Stones Press, 2010


“Neonatal Care,” Prairie Winds, Spring 2014
“Underground 2,” American Anthenaeum, Autumn/Winter 2013
“Underground 1,” “Underground 3,” Red Ochre LiT, Fall 2013
“Berries,” “Station House,” Ithaca Lit, Fall 2013
“Primogeniture,,” “Baptism,” “In Doubt of Spring,” BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Fall 2013
“Phillips Island,” Gray Sparrow Journal, Fall 2013
“Farmhouse Reflections,” Poetry Quarterly, Fall 2011

“Contraband,” “Unruly Nail Boys,” and “Low Country,” Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, 2011
“Documenting Bruises,” Desire Street, Summer/Fall 2006
“Remembering Snow Angels” and “An Explanation,” Kestrel, 2006
“Plant Life,” Valparaiso Poetry Review, Spring 2005
“Driving Across,” Smartish Pace, Spring 2005
“Exodus” and “Philosophia,” Tributaries, 2004
“Fruit” and “Migrations,” The Paris Review, Summer 2003
“In Between Place,” Janus Head, Fall 2001
“Life’s Imitation,” Confluence, September 2001
“Following Phia,” Poetry Midwest, Spring/Summer 2001
“Day Away Together,” Tulane Review, Spring 2001
“The Poem I Didn’t Write When I Was Eight,” Reed Magazine, Spring 2001
“Star Lab,” Firefly Magazine, Spring 2001
“The Cost of Wine” and “Skin,” Lake Effect, Spring 2001
“Revision,” Folio: A Literary Journal, Winter 2001
“Elegy for Christine” and “Leaving Virginia,” Heliotrope, 2001
“Perspectives,” Colere, 2001
“Near the End of a Trip” and “Gorky Park,” Poet Lore, Spring 2000
“Eating a Peach in Monte Carlo,” The Oklahoma Review, Spring 2000
“Sun Stains,” Mid-America Poetry Review, Spring 2000
“Ends,” and “Forked Run” Just Add Water Journal, Summer 1996; “Ends,” reprinted in Plainsongs, Winter 2000
“Jamaica, 1994,” Doggerel, 1995; reprinted in Midlands, Spring 1997

Scholarly Publications

“Ezra Pound, Poetry, and Present Day,” Affirming the Gold Thread. Brazelton: Florida English, 2014

Conferences and Presentations

“William Carlos Williams’ Prose Imagism in Spring and All,” International Richard Aldington
Society/Imagism Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2016
“Fact: 40 Acres and a Mule,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2015
“Hemingway’s Return Home in ‘Che Ti Dice La Patria?’” Ernest Hemingway Society International Conference, Venice, Italy, 2014
“Pound, Poetry, and Present Day,” International Richard Aldington Society/Imagism Conference, Venice, Italy, 2014
Panel Presentation “Pulling the Horizon: Zora Neale Hurston and Arthenia J. Bates Millican” National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read, Morris College, Sumter, SC, 2013
“Pound’s Imagism and Haiku,” International Richard Aldington Society/Imagism Conference, Dorf Tirol, Italy, 2010
Panel Presentation, “Battling the World of Publishing in the 21st Century," 2006 Poetry Summit, Columbia, SC, 2006
“Stargate Atlantis Reality Check,” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South, Jacksonville, FL, 2005
“Bridging the Water of Bisexuality in James Baldwin,” Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality: The
Power of Intersectionality Symposium, University of Miami, Oxford, OH, 2004
“Home, Identity, and Travel in the Work of Derek Walcott,” Poetry and Linguistics Association Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 2003
“Remington Steele: A Kept Man and the Woman in Front of Him,” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South, Charlotte, NC, 2002
Panel Presentation, “Writing and Studying Abroad: A Month at Ezra Pound’s Brunnenburg,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2002
“Foster Care Aboard Star Trek: Voyager,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
“Linda Hogan’s Entreaty in Mean Spirit: Stop Bleeding the Earth,” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South, Nashville, TN, 2000
“Searching for an Island: Language in Lorna Goodison’s Poetry,” Caribbean Literary
Studies Conference, Miami, FL, 2000
“Worf’s Symptoms of Cultural Imperialism and His Recovery,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2000
“The Lyrical Ballads of Louise Bennett,” First International Conference of Caribbean Literature, Nassau, Bahamas, 1998

Grants and Stipends

Summer Faculty Scholarship Stipend, USC Sumter, “Fact: 40 Acres and a Mule,” awarded 2015 ($4,000)
Research Initiative for Summer Engagement for Regional Campuses and Extended University, USC, “Poetry Manuscript,” awarded 2013 ($8,000)
Landmarks and Legacies Workshop: African-American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry, National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded 2012 ($1,200)
Provost Creative and Performing Arts Grant Program, USC, “Poetry Sequence on the Study of Slave Narratives,” awarded 2011 ($9,533)
Landmarks and Legacies Workshop: Thomas Jefferson, National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded 2011 ($1,200)