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 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
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
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
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.”
February 4, 2011
Poet and writing program administrator Steve Davenport talks about poetry and lyrics—and co-writes a song or two—with indie musician Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie. Davenport also collaborates with Kevin Matz.
February 3, 2011
Quickies!, “Chicago's favorite reading series,” is dedicated to flash fiction and is hosted by Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter. Each reader has four minutes to read a complete work of short prose. Those that go over the time limit are whistled off stage.
February 3, 2011
Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. This podcast, “A Public Space,” is an audio essay by poet Dana Burchfield, on the occasion of reading Beasley’s book.
February 3, 2011
Debra Di Blasi presents “Publishing as Mashup,” a discussion of Jaded Ibis Press’s "full-spectrum book editions, its writer-friendly royalty structure, and forward-thinking business model including an eco-friendly mission—with words, music, and sound images from the company’s multimedia sphere."

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