Oronte

John Griswold, who uses the pen name Oronte Churm at Inside Higher Ed and elsewhere, was born in Vietnam and raised in coal country in Southern Illinois. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in War, Literature and the Arts; Brevity; Natural Bridge;  and Ninth Letter. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, listed as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, and included in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (WW Norton).

His most recent book is a collection of essays, Pirates You Don't Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life (University of Georgia Press 2014). He is also the author of a novel, A Democracy of Ghosts, and a nonfiction book, Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City.

He teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Most Recent Articles

March 21, 2016
New collection by the author of Quotidiana and co-editor of After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays.
January 9, 2016
A long-anticipated debut collection, on "love, death, fear, and a life filled with nerdy pop culture obsessions."
January 3, 2016
New book from NIU Press details the friendship of Anton Chekhov and Isaac Levitan.
December 13, 2015
A group interview with the Ninth Letter editor.
November 22, 2015
A visit to the author's home.
October 28, 2015
The allegory of marriage.
September 24, 2015
A new memoir on class, education, and relationships.
September 17, 2015
What's learned?
September 7, 2015
Ceci n'est pas une MFA piece.
August 26, 2015
The fruits of a summer's labor.

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