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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.

April 10, 2007 - 7:02pm
Robert Olen Butler’s recent writing-advice book, From Where You Dream, warns of the difficulties of being a literary artist instead of, say, a basketball player:
April 8, 2007 - 3:36pm
My wife and I will soon open part of our home as Churm House, an inn for wayward academics.
April 3, 2007 - 8:33pm
We have a brilliant young scholar friend whose critical mind won’t rest. Last summer he performed a Marxist critique of Thomas the Tank Engine while our kids watched the videos at our feet. (“’They’re the really useful crew?’” he said as the theme song began. “It’s a lesson in class identity. Relations of production!”) He’s also written about James Bond and told me how Bond’s capitalist fetish for commodities went hand-in-hand with an empire’s “license to kill.”
April 2, 2007 - 10:06am
Mrs. Churm was on Capitol Hill last week with NAFSA: Association for International Educators to help raise congressional awareness of the importance of cultural exchange and to give another award to a senator.
March 29, 2007 - 1:22pm
I planned at the start of this blog to have occasional guest writers, and today I'm pleased to bring you a dispatch from the first one, a young English teacher currently in South Korea. Enjoy!  --Churm  
March 26, 2007 - 5:15pm
University English departments have splintered into literature, film studies, cultural studies, linguistics, rhetoric/writing studies, and business/technical writing divisions, each with its own course rubric and catalog, and each with its assigned seat at the
March 23, 2007 - 12:03am
My Dear Mrs. Churm, On your birthday, I looked long and hard for something to convey my feelings anew, after all these years. Something for my partner, wife, the mother of our beautiful boys. Something tender and poetic.
March 22, 2007 - 9:41am
On campuses everywhere, the entire week before any break should be set aside for these kinds of colloquies:
March 20, 2007 - 1:24am
That’s the headline of the world’s most successful advertisement, regardless of product—or would be, if someone had the courage to use it, said one of my former roommates, the director of a corporate art department. Well, now it’s been done.
March 16, 2007 - 8:25am
If you read my stuff, you know I’m a delicate flower—exquisitely sensitive—and a lover, not a fighter. But a self-reflective teacher has to be aware of his or her vibe in the classroom.


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