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Critically Acclaimed Author To Visit Anderson University

 Dr. Greg Garrett, author and professor of English at Baylor University, will visit Anderson University’s campus on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.  Following his visit to some creative writing classes on campus on Thursday, he will give a reading from his novel Free Bird Thursday evening at 7:00 in the Vandiver Art Gallery of the Thrift Library. The public is invited to attend. He will also make a presentation about his book The Gospel According to Hollywood as a part of the Journey Program in Henderson Auditorium in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at 10:00 on Friday, March 6. 

Dr. Garrett teaches fiction- and screenwriting, film, and literature classes at Baylor, where he was named the Outstanding Baylor Faculty Member for 1994 by the Baylor Student Congress and received the university administration's Outstanding Professor Award in 1996. He received his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and completed the M.Div. at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. He is a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church and regularly speaks, teaches, preaches, and leads retreats and workshops across the United States and overseas.

Dr. Garrett is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Free Bird (chosen by Publishers' Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the best first novels of 2002) and Cycling, as well as the nonfiction books The Gospel Reloaded (with Chris Seay), Holy Superheroes, Crossing Myself, The Gospel According to Hollywood, and Stories from the Edge. He has also translated a number of books of the Bible for The Voice scripture project. Works forthcoming in 2009 include Shame (a novel), No Idea (a memoir), and We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel according to U2. Dr. Garrett is a past winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction and a regional CASE gold medalist for nonfiction. He was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters in 2005 for his lifetime literary achievements and has discussed his writing on National Public Radio, the Bob Edwards Show, CBS Radio, BBC Radio, and in many other print, broadcast, and web media outlets.


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