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 Second Life (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), Collectors (Random House) and The German Woman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His short story collection Hurry Please I Want to Know appeared with Sarabande Press in 2015 and won the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award. The Book of Otto and Liam, his most recent novel, was published by Sarabande in 2021.
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.
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 and was named a Commonwealth Center For the Humanities Faculty Fellow for 2020-2021.
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. His Creative Writing courses focus on the novel, short story, creative non-fiction, and poetry. He is also interested in the development of the short story in Europe, America and Latin America, Latin-American poetry and prose, and the literature of Nature.