Garth Greenwell

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Garth Greenwell
BornMarch 19, 1978
EducationInterlochen Arts Academy
Alma materState University of New York at Purchase
Washington University in St. Louis
Harvard University
Known forWhat Belongs to You

Garth Greenwell is an American poet, author, literary critic, and educator. His debut novel, What Belongs to You was published in the US by Farrar, Straus and Giroux[1] in January 2016 and in the UK by Picador in April.[2] What Belongs to You has been called the "first great novel of 2016" by Publishers Weekly.[3] In 2013, Greenwell returned to the United States after living in Bulgaria to attend the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop as an Arts Fellow. He has published stories in The Paris Review[4][3][2] and A Public Space and writes criticism for The New Yorker[4][5][3] and The Atlantic.[6]

Greenwell read from What Belongs to You on his US book tour January - April 2016.[7]

Early life[edit]

Garth Greenwell was born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 19, 1978 and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, in 1996. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and received a BA in Literature with a minor in Lesbian and Gay Studies from the State University of New York at Purchase in 2001, where he served as a contributing editor for In Posse Review and received the 2000 Grolier Poetry Prize.[8][9] He received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, an MA in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and also began Ph.D. coursework there.


Greenwell taught English at Greenhills, a private high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at the American College of Sofia in Bulgaria; the school is famous for being the oldest American educational institution outside the US.[10] His frequent book reviews in the literary journal West Branch transitioned into a yearly column called "To a Green Thought: Garth Greenwell on Poetry."[11][12][13]

Greenwell's first novella, Mitko, won the Miami University Press Novella Prize[14] and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award as well as the Lambda Award.[14] His work has appeared in Yale Review,[15] Boston Review,[16] Salmagundi, Michigan Quarterly Review,[17] and Poetry International, among others.

Greenwell has received the Grolier Prize, the Rella Lossy Award, an award from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, and the Bechtel Prize from the Teachers & Writers Collaborative.[18] He was the 2008 John Atherton Scholar for Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.[19]

LGBT rights advocacy in Bulgaria[edit]

In its article, "Of LGBT, Life and Literature," the Sofia Echo credits Greenwell's publications with bringing much needed attention to the LGBT experience in Bulgaria and to other English-speaking audiences through various broadcasts, interviews, blog posts, and reviews.[20]



  • Greenwell, Garth (2016). What belongs to you. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Mitko Novella
An Evening Out 2017 Greenwell, Garth (August 21, 2017). "An Evening Out". The New Yorker. 93 (24): 62–69.
The Frog King 2018 Greenwell, Garth (November 26, 2018). "The Frog King". The New Yorker. 94 (42): 74–81.


  1. ^ "Farrar, Straus and Giroux".
  2. ^ "Garth Greenwell - What Belongs to You". Picador. 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  3. ^ "Staff Pick: 'What Belongs to You' by Garth Greenwell". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  4. ^ Greenwell, Garth (2014-01-01). "Gospodar". Paris Review (209). ISSN 0031-2037. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  5. ^ "Garth Greenwell". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  6. ^ Greenwell, Garth. "Garth Greenwell". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  7. ^ "FSG, Greenwell's US Book Tour".
  8. ^ In Posse: Potentially, might be... (
  9. ^ "Table of contents". disquietingmuses. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Faculty". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  11. ^ ""To a Green Thought: Garth Greenwell on Poetry."" (PDF).
  12. ^ Greenwell, Garth. "The First Thing and the Last" and "Two Elegists" in West Branch.
  13. ^ "Page Not Found! | Greenhills School". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  14. ^ a b "Miami University Press - Mitko".
  15. ^ Greenwell, Garth. 2010. "An Evening Out." The Yale Review, 92:2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-06. Retrieved 2011-12-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Greenwell, Garth. "Facilitas." Boston Review. December 2004/January 2005.
  17. ^ Greenwell, Garth. 2008. "Likeness." Michigan Quarterly Review. Vol. XLVII, no. 4.
  18. ^ 2010 Bechtel Prize Winner was Garth Greenwell for "A Native Music: Writing the City in Sofia, Bulgaria." "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-12-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Biography, see "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-12-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Of LGBT, Life and Literature." The Sofia Echo. June 17, 2011
  21. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.