Garth Greenwell to Headline Author Talk, March 8

Garth Greenwell to Headline Author Talk, March 8

Hosted by the Fairfield MFA Program’s Phil Klay, Greenwell will discuss his craft in-person during an Inspired Writers Series conversation at the Dolan Event Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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In partnership with the Open VISIONS Forum: Espresso lecture series and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Inspired Writers Series, the MFA in Creative Writing program’s Phil Klay and acclaimed author Garth Greenwell will appear live and in-person on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolan School of Business Event Hall.

“Greenwell is, quite simply, one of the finest stylists of prose working today,” said Klay who instructs undergraduate courses at Fairfield and mentors in the MFA program. “His work is beautifully structured, profound and fearless, but above all it is beautiful. His sentences about desire and fear and sex and art and the self are absolutely exhilarating to read.”

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by more than 50 publications in nine countries, and is being translated into 14 languages.

His new book of fiction, Cleanness, was published in January 2020. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, it was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, the L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize, and France’s Prix Sade (Deuxième sélection). Cleanness was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2020, a New York Times Critics Top 10 Book of the Year, and a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, TIME, NPR, the BBC, and more than 30 other publications.

Greenwell is also the co-editor, with R.O. Kwon, of the anthology KINK, which appeared in February 2021, was named a New York Times Notable Book, won the inaugural Joy Award from the #MarginsBookstore Collective, and became a national bestseller. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written nonfiction for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and Harper’s, among others. The recipient of honors including a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2021 Vursell Award for prose style from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Greenwell lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch these two writers in conversation! Tickets are $20, $5 for Fairfield University students, and $10 for Quick Members. Military/Veterans 50% off Regular Ticket Price with code GREENWELL. The Quick is a Blue Star Theatre.

For information about the Inspired Writers Series, please visit

Posted On: February 23, 2023

Volume: 54 Number: 73

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