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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 2, 2008 - 1:38pm
Recently I had lunch with a materials science professor, and my family spent New Year’s with an engineer and his family.
December 28, 2007 - 2:06am
My brother-in-law’s grandfather was kind and had an infectious laugh, but he was also a tough old bird, and to watch him eat was to be shown what he’d endured in his time. As a young man he’d been a machine-gunner in World War I, which he spoke of as a life’s adventure, and when he came home he went straight to the mines and then the munitions factory. He was middle-aged in the Depression, in already-depressed Southern Illinois.
December 21, 2007 - 2:02pm
Aaahhhhh.Hear that? That's the sound of no-students, the sound of final grades being deposited in a bank of computer servers. It's the sound of our cat, Gargantua, eating our Christmas tree.Happy holidays, everyone!
December 19, 2007 - 5:20pm
My sincere thanks to all of you who responded to my Funky Easy 1-Question (Okay, 2) Sociologica
December 14, 2007 - 10:42am
I can explain later (or not), but I'm quite serious. Please answer the following:John or Paul, and why?
Me
December 13, 2007 - 11:03am
Paul has said, famously, that the song “Yesterday” came to him in a dream. It was so complete that he couldn’t believe it was original and went around humming the tune to see if people had heard it before.
December 10, 2007 - 2:44pm
It’s nearly finals time, and parents everywhere are worried for their children, who live so far away at university and are under such stress.
December 7, 2007 - 6:11pm
I know that on the page “my pud” sounds nasty, but you should see it in person. Better yet, drop by and have a taste.
December 5, 2007 - 10:25pm
When I enlisted in the Army years ago, I was offered half-a-dozen duty stations for my first posting. I chose Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division. The Screaming Eagles were famed for their service in World War II, especially at Bastogne, where General McAuliffe made his famous retort—“Nuts”—to the Germans demanding surrender.
November 30, 2007 - 10:46am
[ Recently I asked writer, editor and teacher Dinty W. Moore to join the conversation on teaching creative writing, and it's my pleasure to bring you his response today. Dinty is the author of several books, including Between Panic & Desire (U of Nebraska/American Lives, 2008).

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