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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February 3, 2011
Roy Kesey’s first novel, Pacazo, comes out this month from Dzanc Books. It tells the story of “John Segovia, an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between John's obsessive search for his wife's killer and his attempts to build a new life for himself and his infant daughter.
February 3, 2011
Jesús Ángel García is the author of badbadbad (forthcoming May, New Pulp Press), a “transmedia novel about sex, God, rock ‘n’ roll and the social web.” It will appear in print and ebook formats but will also have a soundtrack and a five-part series of interconnected short films related to its themes. It explores issues of sexual morality, self-destruction and redemption, and intimacy in a culture dominated by electronic communication. This podcast is a mashup of live readings and excerpts from soundtrack and film.
February 3, 2011
Amy Hassinger (The Priest’s Madonna) and Fred Arroyo (The Region of Lost Names) introduce Lewis Hyde's The Gift and discuss its cult status among writers.
February 3, 2011
Xu Xi, finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, reads here from her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky at the Asia Society New York, November 8, 2010.
February 3, 2011
Bob Shacochis, National Book Award winner, is one of those living writers I most admire.
February 3, 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: Day Two Raffle *** The Prizes:
February 1, 2011
To enter to win in today's free raffle, simply e-mail me (only once today—you can and should enter each day!) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com and be sure to include in your title these secret words: Radio Free AWP Raffle Day One Today's prizes include: ***
February 1, 2011
Etgar Keret, Israeli writer (Missing Kissinger, The Girl on the Fridge) and filmmaker (Jellyfish, winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes and Best Director Award of the French Artists and Writers’ Guild) reads his short story “Shoes.”
February 1, 2011
Eugene Alper is a talented cat. Translator (Anton Chekhov: A Brother's Memoir, by Mikhail Chekhov), actor (catch him on Law & Order: LA), and musician, here he reads his translations of poet Tatiana Kuzovleva then performs hauntingly beautiful music he wrote to her Russian lyrics.
February 1, 2011
South African memoirist Glen Retief is an Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Susquehanna University. Here he’s prepared an audio essay on teaching travel writing to American students abroad, recorded in part while staying with them in a Xhosa seaside village just three weeks ago.

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