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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.

January 14, 2009 - 7:49pm
My nomination a couple of weeks ago for the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching required letters of support from past and present students. When I read the two letters that appeared in my packet, along with one by the administrator who organized the packet, I began to sob. I had no idea I was so wonderful, and I went straight out and bought a new hat.
January 9, 2009 - 11:29am
The indomitable Professor Cohen writes in response to my most recent post about creative nonfiction and food:
December 31, 2008 - 11:34am
“When at a loss how to go on, cough,” says an ancient Greek proverb. Or so claims 10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories: A Mammoth Encyclopedia of Wit and Humor (Doubleday, 1939, last updated 1965), one of several toasting anthologies I consulted at my local library in preparation for your party tonight. Ancient foxed tomes like these, and those that count as new ( Toasts, Delacorte, 1981) are one of many reasons bookstores will never supplant the delight of libraries.
December 29, 2008 - 3:27pm
For those interviewing at MLA this year, here are links to a couple of dispatches I did for McSweeney's on the conference two years ago.In which my family and I drive to the conference.In which I suffer in the wait for news.Good luck to each of you!
December 24, 2008 - 2:23am
Do you know the great children’s album The Bottle Let Me Down? Get it, even if you don’t have kids, for lyrics like these from Robbie Fulks that perfectly describe the magician at this year’s holiday party at our student union:
December 15, 2008 - 7:45pm
“’Tis most true, [many have an incurable itch to write]…in this scribbling age,” Robert Burton wrote nearly 400 years before the blog. “[O]ut of an itching humor that every man hath to show himself, desirous of fame and honor…he will write no matter what and scrape together it boots not whence.”
December 11, 2008 - 12:12pm
A friend has sent me the link for a wiki that might be of interest to anyone on the job market in creative writing.
December 10, 2008 - 8:03am
It’s high time to visit our good friends over at The World’s Fair, a Seed Media science blog, who have permitted me to mess all over their scientificulousness
December 5, 2008 - 8:22pm
I once knew a girl (or should I say, she once knew me) who'd grown up on the affluent North Shore of Chicago and had expectations for the future: She’d be more successful in a career than her successful father, she’d always live in a neighborhood like her parents’, and if she wanted bigger and better things she’d just go out and make more money to pay for them. As her parents had surpassed the class status of their parents by at least one step, so would she.
December 3, 2008 - 10:57pm
I’ve always held it to be self-evident that good writing is good writing, no matter the platform. For those of us who put a lot of time and effort into trying to get words right for blogs, online columns, and other venues, it’s gratifying to see web writing being taken more seriously all the time.


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