Oronte

John Griswold, who uses the pen name Oronte Churm at Inside Higher Ed and elsewhere, was born in Vietnam and raised in coal country in Southern Illinois. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in War, Literature and the Arts; Brevity; Natural Bridge;  and Ninth Letter. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, listed as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, and included in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (WW Norton).

His most recent book is a collection of essays, Pirates You Don't Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life (University of Georgia Press 2014), now available for pre-order. He is also the author of a novel, A Democracy of Ghosts, and a nonfiction book, Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City.

He teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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March 22, 2011
My friend Neil Verma is a Harper Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where he teaches a sequence of classes in media aesthetics for undergraduates.
March 20, 2011
Surprised to realize recently that I’ve interviewed some 18 people here, from a Vietnamese IT expert to a US Special Forces chaplain to a former sex worker with a Cambridge degree, I thought it high time I finally got around to interviewing someone I’ve long neglected. Today’s guest teaches writing and literature at a large Midwestern state university and writes under both his real name and a pen name. I welcome myself to the blog. ***
March 5, 2011
Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, 2011.
February 26, 2011
Review by Katya Cummins The Naïve and the Sentimental Novelist (Harvard UP, 2010) is a series of six Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2009 by Turkish Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk. Together they're a semi-autobiographical exploration of the art of writing and, perhaps more uniquely, a glimpse into the psychology and art of reading.
February 24, 2011
When I happened to mention in passing to my acquaintance Rory that I was on a long, painful deathwatch for certain of my hopes and ambitions, he swung his booted feet off his desk, jabbed his finger at me and said:
February 17, 2011
Writer Glen Retief grew up in a South African game park during the apartheid era but emigrated to the U.S. in 1994. Before landing in academia he worked as an instructor of homeless HIV-positive substance abusers, a needle exchange advocate, an English as a Second Language teacher, and a teacher of high school students with learning disabilities. He has lived in Cape Town, New York City, Tallahassee, London, Madrid, Guadalajara, and Richmond, Kentucky.
February 14, 2011
So that was fun, don’t you think? Well worth the effort, and now it’s over. A round of applause for all those writers, poets, editors, and musicians who so generously created podcasts for my Radio Free AWP project, and for those sponsors who donated books and other giveaways for the daily raffles. I sent notification last week to those who won, by the way, so please do check your e-mail if you entered.
February 5, 2011
As always, simply e-mail me (only once today) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com to enter. Today only, be sure to include in your title the secret words, which tell an untruth about Radio Free AWP, unless you're going for that Larger Truth Kind of Truth, like Winston Churchill meant when he said, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning f the end. It 'tis, perhaps, the end of the beginning, haw haw, bring me my brandy." The secret words: This is not the end *** Today’s giveaways:
February 5, 2011
Gale Walden considers The Sadness Museum at AWPs past. Gale Renee Walden is a poet and fiction writer who teaches and directs theses at multiple schools including Roosevelt University, University of New Orleans, and University of Wisconsin. She is also a book reviewer and travel writer. Click here to listen.
February 5, 2011
Bill Peschel is the author of Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes, from Penguin Perigee.

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