The Education of Oronte Churm

Oronte Churm is the pen name of John Griswold, who teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, proudly nestled in Cajun country on the Louisiana Gulf.

Oronte Churm is the pen name of John Griswold, who teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, proudly nestled in Cajun country on the Louisiana Gulf.

February 4, 2011 - 4:15am
As always, simply e-mail me (only once today—you can and should enter once each day!) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com to enter. Today only, be sure to include in your title these secret words: Radio Free Churm Now for today’s giveaways:
February 4, 2011 - 4:15am
Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore discusses portrayal of characters in a brief essay by John Griswold that was first published in Brevity then listed as notable in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.
February 4, 2011 - 4:15am
Matthew Gavin Frank reads from the beginning of Pot Farm, forthcoming 2012 from the University of Nebraska Press. Pot Farm is his “hazy and sometimes inaccurate nonfiction book about his work on a Northern California medical marijuana farm.”
February 4, 2011 - 4:15am
What can you say about the canonical William Gass? Essayist, novelist, literary critic, he has been the recipient of the first PEN/Nabokov Award, the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamondstein Award for the Art of the Essay, three National Book Critic Circle Awards for Criticism, a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award for Fiction and the Medal of Merit for Fiction from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations.
February 4, 2011 - 4:15am
Poet and writing program administrator Steve Davenport talks about poetry and lyrics—and co-writes a song or two—with indie musician Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie. Davenport also collaborates with Kevin Matz.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. This podcast, “A Public Space,” is an audio essay by poet Dana Burchfield, on the occasion of reading Beasley’s book.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Amy Hassinger (The Priest’s Madonna) and Fred Arroyo (The Region of Lost Names) introduce Lewis Hyde's The Gift and discuss its cult status among writers.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Jesús Ángel García is the author of badbadbad (forthcoming May, New Pulp Press), a “transmedia novel about sex, God, rock ‘n’ roll and the social web.” It will appear in print and ebook formats but will also have a soundtrack and a five-part series of interconnected short films related to its themes. It explores issues of sexual morality, self-destruction and redemption, and intimacy in a culture dominated by electronic communication. This podcast is a mashup of live readings and excerpts from soundtrack and film.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Roy Kesey’s first novel, Pacazo, comes out this month from Dzanc Books. It tells the story of “John Segovia, an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between John's obsessive search for his wife's killer and his attempts to build a new life for himself and his infant daughter.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Quickies!, “Chicago's favorite reading series,” is dedicated to flash fiction and is hosted by Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter. Each reader has four minutes to read a complete work of short prose. Those that go over the time limit are whistled off stage.

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