Michael Griffith


Professional Summary

Michael Griffith's books of fiction are Spikes (Arcade, 2001), Bibliophilia (Arcade, 2003), and Trophy (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2011), which was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books for that year. His book of nonfiction, The Speaking Stone: Stories Cemeteries Tell, appeared from the University of Cincinnati Press in 2021. He is working on a novel tentatively called Grimster & the Cruciverbalist.

Griffith's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, New England Review, Five Points, Oxford American, Pleiades, Salmagundi, Golf World, Shenandoah, and many other periodicals, and his puzzles--crosswords, acrostics, and hink pinks--have appeared in The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, and in other places. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center (2007-08), the National Endowment for the Arts (2004), the Sewanee Writers' Conference (2001), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (2001), and others. Griffith was founding editor of the Yellow Shoe Fiction series for Louisiana State University Press (2005-2021) and Fiction Editor of Cincinnati Review. Griffith was the recipient in 2005 of the English Department's Boyce Award for Outstanding Teaching, and in 2012 he was awarded UC's university-wide Doctoral Mentoring Award. Since 2013 he has been a Fellow of the Graduate School.


MFA: Louisiana State University 1992

AB in Germanic Languages and Literatures, summa cum laude: Princeton University 1987

Research and Practice Interests

contemporary fiction, narratology

Positions and Work Experience

2007 -To Present Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati

2002 -2007 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

1994 -2002 Associate Editor of The Southern Review, Louisiana State University

1992 -1994 Assistant Editor of The Southern Review, The Southern Review, Louisiana State Univesity

Contact Information

Phone: 556-3905