GARRARD CONLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH GARTH GREENWELL

June 11, 2016 - 3:00pm
Prairie Lights

Garrard Conley will talk about his new book, Boy Erased: A Memoir, with Iowa City author Garth Greenwell. 

The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to cure him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life . . . Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.

Garrard Conley’s fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Common, The Madison Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation writers' conferences. Conley currently teaches English literature and promotes LGBTQ equality in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Garth Greenwell is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of What Belongs to You, called the first great novel of 2016 by Publishers Weekly.