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Professor of English & Fine Arts
222 Scott Shipp Hall | Ph: 540-464-7212 | RachelsDA@vmi.edu
Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. - Emory University
David Rachels's research and teaching interests include Southern literature, Civil War literature, American humor, the short story, bad poetry, and the blues. He is the editor of Augustus Baldwin Longstreet's Georgia Scenes Completed: A Scholarly Text and co-editor of The First West: Writing from the American Frontier, 1776-1860. He is the co-author, with Kurt Ayau, of Flagrant Fouls, a screenplay, currently in development with Scriptstar Pictures. His novel What the Shadow Told Me, also co-written with Kurt Ayau, won the 2003 Pirates Alley William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and has been published by Eastern Washington University Press under the pen-name Kurtis Davidson. He also serves as co-adviser to the Timmins-Gentry Music Society.