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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.

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.
November 26, 2008 - 12:10am
Actually, the title of the book I’ve been reading this week is The Turkey : An American Story (University of Illinois Press, 2006), by Andrew F. Smith.
November 25, 2008 - 12:23pm
Last night I ran into this listing, at the online Jennie-O Turkey Store, for a college internship:
November 21, 2008 - 11:27am
Maybe I’m one of those late-bloomers or else just take my waking slow, but I often come to read books long after everyone else already has. It’s fine with me, since by the time I get there the books are succeeding on their own merits, not merely on buzz.

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