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.

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August 8, 2008
As far as I know, summers off from school have their roots in agriculture. Students needed the time to tend the crops, cut wood, make repairs, put up food, and after harvest they could come back to the classroom.
July 31, 2008
Never let it be said that Oronte Churm isn’t hip to what’s goin’ down in the scene. You think I don’t see things? Everybody walking around with their websites and their fancy hairdryers and their catalytic converters. Alright, I can play that game.
July 31, 2008
Ever wonder how graphic designers think about book covers? This site by design firm Fwis might be illuminating. They post images of new covers, do a short critique of each, and give other designers the chance to weigh in with comments. (They also write a column in Publisher’s Weekly, with extended select critiques.)
July 25, 2008
Advice for novelists, essayists, and poets everywhere from Plato, by way of our mutual writer friend
July 22, 2008
In response to the Archaeological Institute of America’s recent election of actor Harrison Ford to their board of directors, and to corporate giant Expedia’s Indiana Jones Travel Experiences, the normally staid Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) has announced the most exciting new option in adventure scholarship
July 17, 2008
If you’re like me, you never go anywhere without a book, since there’s too great a chance you might be stuck waiting for someone or something without even a magazine at hand. But choosing the right book for a given situation is important, and sometimes more difficult than choosing the clothes you'll wear out of the house.
July 16, 2008
Our old friend Charlie Hailey, who happens to be young and brilliant, told me I should read the wonderfully-named Lars Lerup—urban theorist, Dean at Rice University, and Swedish-American of the Year, 2004.
July 11, 2008
Yes, our Department of Animal Sciences works on live animals “to optimize accretion of lean tissue with acceptable quality [by] determining the practical application of growth promotants such as somatotropin and ß-adrenergic agonists to alter the composition of meat animals, and developing strategies to use components of the endocrine axis for genetic selection on the basis of potential for lean tissue accretion.”
July 10, 2008
I’m thrilled to announce that my first novel, long in the making, has been accepted for publication. It was late and everybody else was in bed when I read the e-mail, but I was so excited I fired up the grill after midnight and made myself hot dogs to celebrate.
July 6, 2008
She'll have to drop the torch and the tablet to use it, though.

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