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Greg Garrett

Dr. Greg Garrett



Creative Writing
Religion and Culture


Carroll Science, room 208
(254) 710-6879


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Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
M.Div. Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest


Dr. Greg Garrett, teaches classes in fiction- and screenwriting, literature, film and popular culture, and theology. Dr. Garrett is the author or co-author of three dozen published short stories, a dozen scholarly articles, and twenty books. Those works include 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), Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal, written with Brennan Manning and published by HarperCollins/Zondervan in 2013. BBC Radio calls Dr. Garrett "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture." Among his theological works are The Gospel According to Hollywood, Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief, and One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter (named a 2011 Best Theological Book by the Association of Theological Booksellers). His most recent nonfiction books are Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Literature and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015) and My Church Is Not Dying: Episcopalians in the 21st Century (Morehead Publishing, 2015). He is currently working on a book on the undead in literature and culture for Oxford UP, and on a new novel.

Dr. Garrett speaks, teaches, and leads retreats and workshops across the United States and overseas, including recent talks at Villanova University, the American Library in Paris, Cambridge University, Washington National Cathedral, King's College in London, and Gladstone's Library in Wales. A licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church. Dr. Garrett is also a distinguished homiletician who has preached at Wesley Seminary, St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, and the American Cathedral in Paris, on the nationally-broadcast radio show Day One, and as the featured preacher for the 2012 meeting of the international Academy of Homiletics.

A winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction and a regional CASE Grand Gold medal for nonfiction, Dr. Garrett is a Fellow of the Cathedral College at Washington National Cathedral, and Residential Scholar at Gladstone's Library in Wales. 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, as well as the Baylor Centennial Professor designation for 2013-14. Dr. Garrett was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters in 2005 for his lifetime literary achievements, and he has discussed his work with National Public Radio, BBC Radio, The Bob Edwards Show, CBS Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Interfaith Voices,, New Statesman, National Review, New York Times, L.A. Times, Globe and Mail, and many other print, broadcast, and web media outlets.