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

February 5, 2011
Bill Peschel is the author of Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes, from Penguin Perigee.
February 5, 2011
Listen in as the staff of Ninth Letter discuss the collaboration between Art & Design faculty and Creative Writing faculty at the University of Illinois in producing the award-winning journal. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, the journal’s mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.
February 5, 2011
Andrew MacFadyen-Ketchum, who runs the terrific site PoemoftheWeek.org, presents here an audio essay on the late, young poet Joshua Vinzant and his chapbook, Max, which was released earlier this year with RopeWalk Press. Vinzant’s widow, RopeWalk, and the poet Rodney Jones worked to put the book together after Vinzant’s suicide. With readings by Robert Wrigley, Andrew Hudgins, Kim Addonizzio, and Jones.
February 4, 2011
Xu Xi, who has a couple of podcasts here this week, will be on the panel Page Turners: Asian American Literature in the 21st Century. From Hmong to Iran to Turkmenistan, Asian American literature is broadening its terrain. The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is at the fore of this conversation on “radical inclusivity. But what unifies these cultures and aesthetics?
February 4, 2011
As always, simply e-mail me (only once today—you can and should enter once each day!) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com to enter. Today only, be sure to include in your title these secret words: Radio Free Churm Now for today’s giveaways:
February 4, 2011
Creative Nonfiction was the first and is still the largest literary magazine to publish, exclusively and on a regular basis, high quality nonfiction prose. The magazine has consistently featured prominent authors from the United States and around the world and has helped launch the careers of some of the genre's most exciting emerging writers, as well as helping establish the creative nonfiction genre as a worthy academic pursuit.
February 4, 2011
This cast is very special to me; it borders perhaps on what I’d call charming, and I’m not one to overuse that word. Here National Book Award finalist in poetry Patricia Smith and crime novelist Bruce DeSilva—wife and husband—interview each other on writing, art, public lives, and domesticity.
February 4, 2011
What can you say about the canonical William Gass? Essayist, novelist, literary critic, he has been the recipient of the first PEN/Nabokov Award, the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamondstein Award for the Art of the Essay, three National Book Critic Circle Awards for Criticism, a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award for Fiction and the Medal of Merit for Fiction from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations.
February 4, 2011
Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore discusses portrayal of characters in a brief essay by John Griswold that was first published in Brevity then listed as notable in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.
February 4, 2011
Matthew Gavin Frank reads from the beginning of Pot Farm, forthcoming 2012 from the University of Nebraska Press. Pot Farm is his “hazy and sometimes inaccurate nonfiction book about his work on a Northern California medical marijuana farm.”

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