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John Griswold, Assistant Professor of English

John Griswold, Assistant Professor of English

B.A., Northern Illinois University; M.F.A., University of Miami

John Griswold
Kaufman Hall, 212B
(337) 475-5197
John Griswold 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; Ninth Letter and elsewhere. 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). Southern Illinois University's Friends of the Morris Library awarded him their 2009 Delta Award for "writing with distinction"; previous winners include Robert Coover, John Gardner, and Dick Gregory.
As Oronte Churm, John is a contributing writer for Inside Higher EdExternal Link  and a former columnist for McSweeney's Internet TendencyExternal Link and contributing editor for Adjunct Advocate.
John has taught at University of Miami and the University of Illinois, and before that was a corporate and freelance writer, manager of an ad agency, Army deep-sea diver and combat engineer, and interpretive ranger at a state park.

Special Responsibilities

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Selected Works

  • Pirates You Don't Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays, University of Georgia Press (Spring 2014).
  • Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City (2010; nonfiction).
  • A Democracy of Ghosts (novel; 2010) ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, 2010.
  • The Education of Oronte Churm. Paid blog at Inside Higher Ed, since 2006.