Discipline: Literature – fiction

Garrard Conley

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Powder Springs, GA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Garrard Conley is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Boy Erased (Riverhead/Penguin Random House, 2016), adapted into a film starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges. He is the creator and producer of the podcast Unerased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America (Stitcher/Limina House, 2018).

He has written for The New York Times, The Oxford American, The Independent, TIME, VICE, CNN, Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. He currently serves as assistant professor of creative writing at Kennesaw State University.

At MacDowell, Conley completed first-pass pages for his forthcoming novel, All the World Beside (Riverhead/Penguin March 26, 2024), which follows the story of an 18th-century minister and his affair with another man. He also continued work on a new book of fiction about the televangelist movement.



Garrard Conley worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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