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.

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December 7, 2013
Or, diary of a madman.
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September 12, 2013
Literature and engagement as ways of life.
September 8, 2013
A tale of new colleagues.
September 2, 2013
A review of the most recent book by Aurelie Sheehan, forthcoming next month.
August 18, 2013
I'm liable to forget all this once the semester starts.
August 2, 2013
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