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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, 2013 Baylor Centennial Professor, teaches classes in fiction and screenwriting, literature, film and popular culture, and theology. He received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in English, with foci in creative writing, contemporary fiction, and film, and he completed the M.Div. at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, where his emphases were theology and culture, homiletics, and Christian spirituality. He regularly 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 sermon show Day One, and as the featured preacher for the 2012 meeting of the international Academy of Homiletics.

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. His new novel The Prodigal, written with Brennan Manning and published by HarperCollins/Zondervan, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. He has also written two books of memoir, Crossing Myself and No Idea, and a number of books on religion, politics, culture, and narrative; BBC Radio calls Dr. Garrett "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture." Among his theological books are The Gospel According to Hollywood, Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief, We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel according to U2, One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter (named a 2011 Best Theological Book by the Association of Theological Booksellers), The Other Jesus, and Faithful Citizenship. Dr. Garrett was also a major writer for The Voice scripture project from Thomas Nelson. His next nonfiction book will be Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Literature and Culture, forthcoming in 2014 from Oxford University Press.

A winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction and a regional CASE gold medal for nonfiction, Dr. Garrett is also 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 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,, National Review, New York Times, L.A. Times, Globe and Mail, and in many other print, broadcast, and web media outlets.