|Home town||Cherokee Village, Arkansas, U.S.|
|Notable works||Boy Erased: A Memoir|
Early life and education
Garrard Conley was raised first in Cherokee Village and then later in Mountain Home, Arkansas. His father is a Southern Baptist preacher and former car salesman. His family had a house on Lake Thunderbird where Conley would spend time on their pontoon boat. He attended Lyon College for a semester before returning home after being outed to his parents by a student who had raped Conley. Conley was sent to Love In Action to undergo conversion therapy in 2004. At Love in Action, he underwent treatments by John Smid.
In 2016, Conley taught English literature at the American College of Sofia. He is the author of Boy Erased: A Memoir, which was based on his experiences at Love in Action. The book was later adapted to the 2018 film Boy Erased. In 2018, Conley led GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator program. Conley released the four-episode podcast UnErased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America shortly before the release of the film.
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