2019 Writer's Block Festival  |  11/16/2019  |  Spalding University

Anne & William Axton Keynote Reader

Sponsored by the University of Louisville's Creative Writing Program

author of What Belongs to You
5:00 PM  
Egan Leadership Center
Spalding University
901 South 4th Street

Join Garth Greenwell

for a live recording of WFPL's

5 Things podcast 


4:00 PM 

Egan Leadership



Greenwell holds graduate degrees from Harvard University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Iowa Writers Workshop. A native of Kentucky, Greenwell taught high school in Sofia, Bulgaria for four years before returning to the States. He is the 2018-19 John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. He lives in Iowa City.

 Q & A and book signing will follow the keynote reading.

Named one of the best books of 2016 by more than fifty publications, including: 

The New Yorker

The Paris Review

The New York Times  


The Washington Post




Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly (One of the Ten Best Books of the Year)

"Garth Greenwell's What Belongs to You appeared in early 2016, and is a short first novel by a young writer; still, it was not easily surpassed by anything that appeared later in the year....It is not just first novelists who will be envious of Greenwell's achievement."—James Wood, The New Yorker

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You (FSG, 2016), 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 over fifty publications in nine countries, was praised as “the great gay novel for our times” by The New Republic, and is being translated into a dozen languages. Cleanness, a work of fiction, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in early 2020. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others.