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USC Sumter reopened for in-person classes on August 20, 2020. Face coverings are required on-campus and social distancing is encouraged among members of the campus community. The semester will be offered in an accelerated format, with in-person instruction ending on Nov. 24. In addition, classes will be held on many traditional holidays and breaks to allow for the semester to end earlier than usual. Classes will be held remotely on General Election Day (Nov. 3), Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Fall break will also be cancelled with face-to-face instruction being held on Oct. 15-16. Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.

Faculty and Staff

Ray McManus

Title: Professor of English
Director, Center for Oral Narrative
Department: Division of Arts and Letters
USC Sumter
Phone: 803-938-3817

Arts and Letters Building, Room 115

Resources: Merit Page

Teaches or has taught the following courses

ENGL 101 Critical Reading and Composition
ENGL 102 Rhetoric and Composition
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, anthology co-edited with R. Mac Jones, University of South Carolina Press, September, 2015

Punch., poetry, Hub City Press, October, 2014

Red Dirt Jesus, poetry, Marick Press, March, 2011

Left Behind, poetry (chapbook), Stepping Stones Press, November, 2008

Driving through the country before you are born, poetry, University of South Carolina Press, April 2007


“Smoke Signals,” “When the Men are Talking,” “Finding Teeth in the Yard,” “Jacking It,” “Pioneer Diorama” TalkingRiver, forthcoming 2018

“Hard-Wired,” Understudy,” and “Empty Church” Red Dirt Forum, forthcoming 2017  

“Cave Art” and “Whatever the opposite of Extinction is” Cold Mountain Review, Forthcoming

 “Once We Considered the Alternative” Fall Lines IV, Summer 2017

 “Night Fishing” storySouth, Spring 2017

“Post Op,” “There is a Risk of Swelling, Bruising, Tenderness,” The Healing Muse, Fall 2016

“Caveman Survey,” How Boys are Measured,” “Manspread,” The Good Men Project, Summer 2016

“For the Hardest to Reach Places” Prairie Schooner, Summer 2016

“When a Dog Comes Back Rabid,” “We Were All Dead Once,” Natural Selection,” Red Truck, Spring 2016

“Ask Your Doctor,” Origin of Species,” In the Absence of Protection,” The Descent of Man,” The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Spring 2016

“Cystoscope” Frank Martin Review Spring 2016


Peace Center with Delana Dameron and Ed Madden, January 2018

Spartanburg Community College, WOW: Magic City Gospel and Punch., September 20-22, 2017

Carolina Mountain Lit Fest, September 8-9, 2017

Western Carolina Literary Festival, Cullowhee NC, April 6, 2017

Open Eyed and Full Throated, American Conference for Irish Studies, Kansas City MO, March 30-April 1, 2017

An Evening with Ray McManus, Monte Verde FL, March 6-8, 2017

The Ray and Ed Show with Ed Madden, Nathlaie Anderson, Julia Elliot, Maya Evans, and Marcus Amaker, Deckle Edge Literary Festival, February 25, 2017

Blank Page Poetry, Columbia SC, October 28, 2016
Pat Conroy Literary Festival with Pam Durban, Marjory Wentowrth, and Mark Powell, Beaufort SC, October 22, 2016

Magnify Magnolias, Columbia SC, August 15, 2016

Scuppernong Books with Mark Beaver, Greensboro NC, June 15, 2016

Two Writers Walk Into a Bar with Mark Beaver, Durham NC, June 14, 2016

Upcountry Literature Festival with Mark Powell, Union SC March 19, 2016

Deckle Edge Literary Festival with George Singleton, David Joy, Nikky Finney, and Julia Elliot, Columbia SC, February 20-21, 2016

Pat Conroy’s 70th Birthday Celebration with John lane and Marjory Wentworth, University of South Carolina Beaufort, October 30, 2015

Festival for the Book with Adam Vines, Nickole Brown, and Nate Marshall, Nashville TN, October 9-11, 2015

Poetrio with Ed Madden and William Wright, Malaprop’s Bookstore, Asheville NC, July 5, 2015

Blue Ridge Book Festival, Hendersonville NC, April 24, 2015

Speaker at the Center, Columbia SC, April 15, 2015

AWP, Palmetto Poetry Series: McManus, Pineda, Simmonds, and Wentworth, April 10, 2015

Emrys Reading Series with Jamie Kornegay, Greenville SC, March 23, 2015

Community and Professional Service

Tri-District Arts Consortium, Creative Writing Director
Poetry Out Loud Region II, Partner
Carolina Master Scholars Program, Instructor
Serious Young Women Writers Workshop, Instructor
USC Sumter Summer Scholars Series, Coordinator
Palmetto Poetry Series at University of South Carolina Press, editorial board
Board of Governors for the Academy of South Carolina Authors, board member



Hugh T Stoddard Sr. Award for Outstanding Faculty, 2017
IPPY (Gold) for Best Book of Poetry in North America by an Independent Publisher, 2015
USC Sumter Professor of the Year Award, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015
Mortar Board Teaching of Excellence Award, 2008-2009