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My name is John Griswold, and I write, sometimes as Oronte Churm.

My latest book, from the University of Georgia Press, is a collection of my essays, Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life.

My novel, A Democracy of Ghosts (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2009), was a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year.

My writing has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, listed as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, and included in anthologies, such as The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (WW Norton).

I teach in the MFA program at McNeese State University, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Thanks for coming!