Preston Taylor Stone, M.A. is a queer ᏣᎳᎩᏱ ᏕᏣᏓᏂᎸᎩ writer-performer from South Carolina. He is of mixed-blood Cherokee descent (Eastern Band). His poetry and/or fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Chronicle, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Moth, Poetry Quarterly, and New Reader Magazine. He has been a reader and blogger for Spry Literary Journal and Flash Fiction Editor for Crack the Spine Literary Magazine. He is a founder and the current chief editor of KAIROS Literary Magazine.
Stone’s performing credits include The Warehouse Theatre productions of Evil Dead, The Musical and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: abridged. He was also featured in Clemson Players’ productions of The Laramie Project, Loot, Eurydice, and Working, The Musical. He was in the TheatreUnhinged production of Dog Sees God and directed the TheatreUnhinged production of Jean Genet’s The Maids.
As a consultant, Stone specializes in social media, visual and digital marketing and design, and professional and academic research. He works with small businesses and other organizations in the southeastern U.S. to create promotional marketing strategies in order to enhance online visibility. In addition to this, he is a freelance copywriter and editor. He has been featured as a contributor on Evolve with Tzima to talk social media marketing and on Write On SC with Dr. Kasie Whitener to speak on writing craft.
In 2016, Stone received the First Annual Writers’ Harvest Student Reading Award in Poetry from the Department of English at Clemson University, from which he holds a B.A. in English. In 2017-2018, he did graduate work in the M.A. in English program at National University. Preston is currently an English PhD candidate at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, where his research project is preliminarily titled Ghosts Coalition: Deviance & Spectrality in American Protest Cultures. In Ghosts Coalition, Stone argues that in demonstrations like the ‘ghost dance’ movement, the die-ins performed by BLM & ACTUP, and in challenges by disabled activists to institutional ableism that the protest functions as a performative (re)articulation of ghosting state violence. By performing several characteristic features of the ghost—features like living ‘outside of time,’ disembodied presence/absence, and its connotation with death and haunting—protesters stage spectacle against the already diffuse, ghostly power of the U.S. neoliberal capitalist military state, unified in an unmindful transgeographic, atemporal, transplanary coalition.
He has presented at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Annual Conference, The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Annual Conference, and the Marxist Literary Group Institute On Culture and Society. At UM, he has served as a Senator in the Graduate Student Association and chairperson for the GSA Committee for Social and Civic Engagement (2018-2021) as well as the Parliamentarian (2021-2022) and Chairperson for the GSA Committee on Graduate Student Organizations (2021-2022) and the Constitutional Review Committee (2021-2022). He is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Best Senator Award from GSA and two consecutive GSA Awards for Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Service. In the Department of English, he has served as the Co-Chair (2020-2022) and incoming Chair of the English Graduate Organization (2022-2023).
Since 2018, he has been a tutor and professor in Miami, FL.