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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February 4, 2011
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
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
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.
February 3, 2011
Debra Di Blasi presents “Publishing as Mashup,” a discussion of Jaded Ibis Press’s "full-spectrum book editions, its writer-friendly royalty structure, and forward-thinking business model including an eco-friendly mission—with words, music, and sound images from the company’s multimedia sphere."
February 3, 2011
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
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
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
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
Xu Xi, finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, reads here from her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky at the Asia Society New York, November 8, 2010.
February 3, 2011
Bob Shacochis, National Book Award winner, is one of those living writers I most admire.

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