Novelist and Playwright Jim Grimsley Gives Free Reading at Emory University

February 3, 2015

(February 3, 2015)¿Award-winning southern author Jim Grimsley gives a free, public reading on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library at Emory University.

Grimsley is a noted novelist and playwright, and has twice been named Georgia Author of the Year. His most recent work is ¿Good White People,¿ a memoir.  His first novel ¿Winter Birds¿ won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His second Novel, ¿Dream Boy¿ won the 1996 Award for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Literature from the American Library Association.

Grimsley¿s first fantasy novel, ¿Kirth Kirin,¿ was awarded the 2000 Lambda Literary Award in Science Fiction, and he has since published two science fiction novels set in the same universe. ¿Mister Universe and Other Plays¿ was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in drama. He has been playwright-in-residence at 7Stages Theatre in Atlanta and About Face Theater in Chicago.

In 2005, Grimsley was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his work as a playwright and novelist. He is currently Professor of Practice with the Emory University Creative Writing Program.

Grimsley reads from his work Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, with a reception and book signing to follow. This event is part of the Creative Writing Reading Series and is free and open to the public. For more information about this or any other Arts at Emory event, visit


Creative Writing Reading Series

Each year, the Creative Writing Program sponsors the Creative Writing Reading Series, featuring four to six internationally renowned and prize-winning authors reading from their works and discussing writing with Emory students.