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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.

March 3, 2008 - 12:44am
Even if I hadn’t known Unofficial St. Pat’s Day was Friday at Illinois, I would have known something was up. As I walked in to campus along my usual route at 10:30 a.m., I could hear muted shouts from distant apartment buildings. A twin turboprop went over twice at a weirdly low altitude, nearly building-top level, and in the distance a black JetRanger helicopter orbited above some point on campus.
March 1, 2008 - 10:21am
For those of you interested in entering my Little Truths Writing Contest, there's about a week left to get those entries in. Deadline is midnight, March 7th, so warm up your word processing machines and submit for a chance at cash and prizes!
February 29, 2008 - 11:21am
Would you people please take it easy, today and tomorrow, and use your heads? I'm coming out to take a look, and I don't want any part of me getting damaged--least of all my delicate sensibilities.
February 27, 2008 - 12:56am
Today, my friend Ben Cohen helps us mind the gap.
February 26, 2008 - 8:28am
Please click through to read a brief plan, by my McSweeney's editor and pal John Warner, to rage against the machine. Or to agitate against the system. Or maybe just to upset the applecart a little. Anyway, he could use your help.
February 22, 2008 - 1:28pm
February 22, 2008 - 12:28pm
You may leave your contest entry as a comment to this post, or atLitPark, where you can check out some of the competition. *** In honor of my revelation of my real name and previously undisclosed location, my online pals are sponsoring a short writing contest with big-time prizes.
February 20, 2008 - 3:41am
Before the blog post, a bit about the festivities at today’s three-ring Churm circus:
February 18, 2008 - 9:49am
Psst. Hey! Lean in a second. Come closer. Closer still.
NIU
February 15, 2008 - 9:35am
I was watching the BBC yesterday afternoon when they cut in with breaking news of the shootings at Northern Illinois University. In addition to the feeling we all know so well now--shit, it's happening again--many memories came back, since my BA is from Northern. My thoughts are with you and your families.

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