Paul Griner


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Paul Griner, a former Fulbright Scholar, is the author of the short story collection Follow Me (Random House), a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and the novels Collectors (Random House) and The German Woman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His work has been published in Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares, Playboy, Zoetrope, The Telegraph of India, and many other magazines, journals, and anthologies, and has been translated into a half dozen languages.  His novel Second Life will be published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull in January 2015.  His collection of stories Hurry Please, I Want To Know, will be published by Sarabande in June 2015.

He is the recipient of UofL’s Outstanding Teaching Awards at both the college and university levels as well as well as the Graduate School’s Outstanding Mentor Award.  He has a BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard, and an MA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

Courses Taught

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. The writing of poetry, fiction, and drama; analysis of professional writings. Class discussion and individual conferences.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Basic strategies for reading and interpreting poetry, fiction, and drama. Designed for non-majors. Credit hours will not count towards total hours taken within the English Dept. for majors.
Prerequisite: ENGL 202 or permission of instructor. Focuses on the writing of creative nonfiction; analysis of professional technique and of student writing. Class discussion and individual conferences.
Prerequisite: ENGL 202. Note: Schedule of Courses indicates sections devoted to poetry, fiction, and drama respectively. Each section focuses on the writing of either fiction or poetry or drama; analysis of professional technique and of student writing. Class discussion and individual conferences.
Prerequisite: ENGL 305 and consent of instructor. Multi-genre creative writing course designed for students who wish to increase their aptitude as writers of drama, fiction or poetry.
Prerequisite: ENGL 305 or 403 or consent of instructor. Concentration on a given form.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor or enrollment in a degree program in English. Recommended prior coursework: ENGL 503, ENGL 504, or equivalent. A workshop in the writing of poetry, fiction, and drama, involving the reading and analysis of manuscripts and regular individual conferences.

Educational Background

MA Creative Writing, Syracuse University
MA Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
BA History, University of New Hampshire

Teaching Areas

Creative Writing; Literature

Research Interests

Creative Writing: Fiction (Novel and short story), creative non-fiction, poetry; the development of the short story in Europe, America and Latin America, Latin-American poetry and prose, the literature of Nature