(last updated August 15, 2017)
Siân Bethany Griffiths
Associate Professor of English, Weber State University (Ogden, UT), 2015 – present.
Assistant Professor of English, Weber State University (Ogden, UT), 2011 – 2015.
Assistant Professor of English, Piedmont College (Demorest, GA), 2007 – 2011.
Robert E. Park Fellow, University of Georgia (Athens, GA), 2006 – 2007.
University of Georgia – Athens, GA
Ph.D. English (Creative Writing), May 2006
Dissertation: Borrowed Horses, a novel
Committee: Judith Ortiz Cofer and Reginald McKnight (major professors), Richard Menke, and Roxanne Eberle
M.A. English (Creative Writing), May 2002
Thesis: Kicking Chekhov: a collection of fiction and non-fiction
Committee: Judith Ortiz Cofer (major professor), Terry Hummer, and Richard Menke
University of Idaho – Moscow, ID
B.A. English (Creative Writing), May 1995
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Borrowed Horses: A Novel. Moorhead, MN: New Rivers Press, 2013.
CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS
“Wooden Spoons” (story), Cincinnati Review [forthcoming].
“Cunt” (personal essay), Indiana Review [forthcoming].
“Horse” (ekphrastic story), 7x7, http://7x7.la/horse/
“The Key Bearer’s Parents” (story), American Short Fiction. http://americanshortfiction.org/2017/01/03/the-key-bearers-parents/
“Tuco & Blondie” and “Bonnie, Once Raven” (poems), Unsplendid (Winter 2017). http://www.unsplendid.com/6/6-3/6-3_frames.htm
“Clockwork Girl at the Opera” (story), The Baltimore Review (Fall 2016): http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/fall_2016/contributor/sian-griffiths
“The Only Girl in the Known Universe” (personal essay), Change Seven (guest feature, Summer 2016). https://changesevenmag.com/2016/07/06/the-only-girl-in-the-known-universe-by-sian-griffiths/
“Idaho” (short story), Redivider (Summer 2016): 34-5.
“Slippers” (short story), Permafrost (Winter 2016): 150-158.
“Nakedness” (personal essay), So to Speak (Spring 2016). http://sotospeakjournal.org/nakedness/
“Clowns” (flash fiction), Iron Horse Literary Review Photo Finish (2015): 5. http://issuu.com/ironhorsereview/docs/ihlr_photo_finish_2015_final_single?e=7943022/31982462
“Sk8r” (short story), Georgia Review (Fall 2015): 412-428.
“The Most Natural Thing in the World” (short story), Fifth Wednesday Journal (Fall 2014): 186-94.
“Damage: The Soul-Crushing Science of High-End Bra Shopping” (personal essay), The Rumpus. http://therumpus.net/2014/10/damage-the-soul-crushing-science-of-high-end-bra-shopping/
“Dislocated” (lyric essay), Mary: A Journal of New Writing (Summer 2012). http://maryajournalofnewwriting.wordpress.com/nonfiction/sian-b-griffiths/
“Pearls” (short story), Waccamaw (Fall 2011). http://www.waccamawjournal.com/pages.html?x=358
“The Chicago Art Institute: A Guided Tour” (sequence of four poems), Timber.
“The Love of Reindeer” (poem), Versal (2010): 6.
“Proud Flesh” (poem), Cave Wall (Summer/Fall 2009): 44-45.
“Bread” (personal essay), Oregon Literary Review (Summer 2009). http://orelitrev.startlogic.com/v4n2/OLR-griffiths.htm
“Two Mermaids” (poem), The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review (Winter 2009): 8.
“My daughter, four, confronts an autumn window and all its contradictions” (poem), Literary Mama. http://www.literarymama.com/poetry/archives/2009/07/my-daughter-four.html
“Persistence of Geese” (poem), Permafrost (Spring 2008): 42-3.
“Coming Home” (novel excerpt from Borrowed Horses), Mangrove Review (Spring 2008).
“What Is Solid.” (flash fiction), Versal (2007): 77.
“Fistful” (poem), Ninth Letter (Fall/Winter 2007): 45.
“Building Tall” (flash fiction), Clackamas Literary Review (2007): 114.
“Paper Hats” (flash fiction), Quarterly West (Spring/Summer 2006): 85.
“Somewhere in the Sawtooths. June.” (poem), Court Green (2006): 97.
“Why I’m Not Pretty” (memoir), The River Oak Review (Fall 2004): 26-33.
“What the Scorpions Know” (personal essay), Riverteeth, a Journal of Nonfiction Narrative (Spring 2004): 75-76.
“Off from the Center Like Horses: Structuring Short Story Collections” (essay), AWP’s The Writer’s Notebook, https://www.awpwriter.org/magazine_media/writers_notebook_view/57/off_from_the_center_like_horses_structuring_short_story_collections. April 2017.
“An Interview with Siân Griffiths” (interview), Read to Write Stories, https://readtowritestories.com/2017/03/02/an-interview-with-sian-griffiths/. March 2017.
“An Interview with Amina Gautier” (interview), Necessary Fiction, http://necessaryfiction.com/blog/AninterviewwithAminaGautier. Feb 2017.
“The Time of My Life: A Writer Camp Review” (review), Barrelhouse, http://www.barrelhousemag.com/blogall/2016/8/6/writercamp-review-by-sian-griffiths. August 2016.
“Tea and Windows: An Expansive Look at Literary Fiction” (essay), AWP’s The Writer’s Notebook https://www.awpwriter.org/magazine_media/writers_notebook_view/42/tea_and_windows_an_expansive_view_of_literary_fiction. May 2016.
“The Unshakeable Image: A Conversation with Siân Griffiths” (interview). The Georgia Review, http://garev.uga.edu/blog/griffithsinterview.html, November 2015.
“Book Brief” on Now We Will Be Happy (book review), The Georgia Review (Summer 2015): 315.
“Work Horse: An Interview with Siân Griffiths, author of Borrowed Horses.” Braddock Avenue Books Street Talk Series, http://www.braddockavenuebooks.com/street-talk/post/work-horse-interview-si%C3%A2n-griffiths-author-borrowed-horses. November 2014.
Review of Unaccompanied Minors (book review), Necessary Fiction. http://necessaryfiction.com/reviews/UnaccompaniedMinorsbyAldenJones. Nov 2014.
Review of The Weight of Blood (book review), The Rumpus, http://therumpus.net/2014/04/the-weight-of-blood-by-laura-mchugh/. April 2014.
“The Many Hats of Jeffrey Condran” (interview), Necessary Fiction, http://necessaryfiction.com/blog/ShortStoryWriterNovelistProfessorEditorTheManyHatsofJeffreyCondran. March 2014.
“Book Brief” on Eric Sasson’s Margins of Tolerance (book review), The Georgia Review (Summer 2013): 369.
“Review of Amina Gautier’s At Risk” (book review), The Iowa Review online, http://iowareview.uiowa.edu/?q=reviews/nov-21-2012/amina_gautiers_at_risk. October 2012.
“Writing the Trans-Genre Novel: An Interview with Pam Houston” (interview), Weber: The Contemporary West (Fall 2013). 24-35.
“Book Brief” on Dan Albergotti’s The Boatloads (book review), The Georgia Review (Winter 2009): 722.
“Invented Cities: Creating Place-Informed Characters” (pedagogy paper), The Best of the AWP Pedagogy Papers 2009, http://www.awpwriter.org/pdf/2009BestofPed.pdf: 12.
“Dissolving Pearls: Charlotte Brontë’s Textual Hieroglyphs” (scholarly article), Women’s Writing (2007): 49-69.
“Book Brief” on Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost (book review), The Georgia Review (Spring 2006): 256-57.
“Book Brief” on Dennis Covington’s Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws, and the Demise of an American Dream (book review), The Georgia Review (Fall 2005): 730-31.
“The Most Natural Thing in the World.” Helicon West Anthology: A Ten-Year Celebration. Ed. Star Coulbrooke and Tim Keller. Logan, UT: Helicon West Press, 2016: 69-75.
“Fistful.” Bite-Sized Poetry. Literary Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums. September 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3THCmhMCANo
“Fistful,” “Persistence of Geese,” and “Proud Flesh” (poems), The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. V: Georgia, Ed. William Wright. Huntsville, TX: Texas Review Press, 2012: 115-7.
“Fistful” (poem), Imaginative Writing 3rd ed., Ed. Janet Burroway. New York: Penguin, 2010: 81.
Film consultant. Outside In. Feature film. Written and directed by Lynn Shelton. Starring Edie Falco and Jay Duplass. Premiered at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Screenplay consultant. The Night Stalker. Feature film. Written and directed by Megan Griffiths. Starring Lou Diamond Philips. Premiered at The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA.
Screenplay consultant. Lucky Them. Feature film. Written by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel. Directed by Megan Griffiths. Starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, and Oliver Platt. Premiered at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Screenplay consultant. Eden. Feature film. Written by Megan Griffiths and Richard B. Phillips. Directed by Megan Griffiths. Starring Jamie Chung and Beau Bridges. Premiered at 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival. Winner of SxSW Audience Award.
Screenplay consultant. The Off Hours. Feature film. Written and directed by Megan Griffiths. Starring Amy Seimetz, Ross Partridge, and Scoot McNairy. Premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Nominee: Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award (2016)
Nominee: Pushcart Prize, “Sk8r” (nominated by Georgia Review) (2016)
2nd Place: “Clowns” PhotoFinish 2015, Iron Horse Literary Review (2015)
Nominee: H. Aldous Dixon Award for Outstanding Faculty Member (2015)
Nominee: Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award (2015)
Semi-Finalist: Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award (2014)
Nominee: H. Aldous Dixon Award for Outstanding Faculty Member (2014)
Winner: Marketing Award in College of Arts and Humanities (2013)
Nominee: Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award (2013)
Eccles Honors Fellowship Award (2012-13)
Nominee: Pushcart Prize, “What Is Solid” (nominated by Versal) (2007)
1st Place in Fiction: Borrowed Horses, Sanibel Island Writers Conference Contest (2007)
3rd Place in Novel: Borrowed Horses, Sandhills Writing Conference (2007)
Winner: Robert E. Park Fellowship Award (2006-07)
Winner: Robert H. West Scholar Award, (outstanding graduate student, Department of English, University of Georgia, 2006)
Winner: Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (University of Georgia, 2006)
Weber State University
English 6610: Creative Writing: Prose Forms
English 6610: Writing Short Fiction
English 6610: Writing Creative Nonfiction
English 6240: Special Topic: Inventing the West
English 4640/5640: Victorian Literature
English 4940: Writer’s Workshop
Honors 3900: Make Your Movie: Introduction to Film Production
English 3350: Studies in Genre: Screenwriting
English 3350: Studies in Genre: Writing Flash Fiction
English 3350: Studies in Genre: Writing Speculative Fiction
English 3350: Studies in Genre: Novel Writing
English 3260: Advanced Poetry Writing
English 3250: Advanced Fiction Writing
English 2260: Introduction to Writing Short Fiction
English 2250: Introduction to Creative Writing
English 2010: Intermediate College Writing
Honors 1540: Screenwriting
English 1010: Introduction to College Writing
English 490/690: Creative Writing Methods for Teachers
English 429/629: Multicultural American Literature
English 428/628: 20th Century American Literature
English 421/621: Victorian Literature
English 307/507: Short Story
English 400: Publication Workshop
English 394: Fiction Writing
English 393: Creative Nonfiction Writing
English 204: English Literature from 1790
English 211: U.S. Literature from 1865
English 102: English Composition and Literature II
English 101: English Composition and Literature I
University of Georgia
English 4780: 20th Century American Novel
English 4800: Advanced Fiction Writing
English 3800H: Honors Introduction to Creative Writing
English 3800: Introduction to Creative Writing
English 2320: English Literature Since 1700
English 1102M: Multicultural English Composition
English 1102: Composition II
English 1101: Composition I
Assistant Editor, Fiction, Barrelhouse, Spring 2016-present.
Assistant Editor, Fiction, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fall 2014-Summer 2016.
Faculty Advisor, Fiction, Aelurus (Weber State University graduate literary journal), 2011-12, 2015-16.
Faculty Advisor, Creative Nonfiction, Aelurus (Weber State University graduate literary journal), 2012-13.
Editor, Trillium: Piedmont College’s Literary and Arts Journal, Spring 2008-2011.
Graduate Editorial Assistant, Georgia Review, Fall 2004-Summer 2005.
“I Survived—and Thrived: Conference Veterans Discuss the Benefits and Drawbacks of Writing Conferences,” (panel presentation with Eric Sasson, Amina Gautier, Todd Kaneko, and Rosebud Ben-Oni) Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington, DC. Feb. 10, 2017.
“Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Organizing and Structuring Story Collections.” (panel presenation with Michael Martone, Benjamin Hale, Marie-Helene Bertino, and Julia Elliott) Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington, DC. Feb. 10, 2017.
“Easy A’s and Epic Fails: Grading the Creative Writer,” (panel presentation with Michael Martone, Melanie Rae Thon, Katherine Coles, and Joshua Robbins) Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, CA. April 2, 2016.
“Silence and Interruption: Advanced Tips for Writing Dialogue,” (invited talk) League of Utah Writers Conference, Logan, UT. August 29, 2015.
“Beyond Backdrop: Using Setting to Enhance Character and Conflict,” (invited talk) League of Utah Writers Conference, Logan, UT. August 29, 2015.
“My Book Is Published—Now What?” (panel discussion with Owen Egerton, Dean Wesley Smith, and Christopher Loke). League of Utah Writers Conference, Logan, UT. August 29, 2015.
“sk8r” (short story), Tin House Summer Writing Workshop, Antonya Nelson short fiction session, Portland, OR. July 13-19, 2014.
“New Brighton” (novel fragment), Writers @ Work, John DuFresne fiction session, Alta, UT. June 5-9, 2013.
“The Chum” (novel fragment), Sewanee Writers’ Conference, John Casey fiction session, Sewanee, TN. July 24-August 5, 2012.
“Invented Cities: Creating Place-Informed Characters” (pedagogy forum), Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, IL. February 12-15, 2009.
“Legacy of the Lunatic: Jane Eyre and Aurora Leigh,” British Women Writers Conference, Bloomington, IN. March 27-30, 2008.
“Fragment from Borrowed Horses,” Sandhills Writing Conference, Augusta, GA. March 22-25, 2007.
“Dissolving Pearls: Charlotte Brontë’s Textual Hieroglyphs,” 14th Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century British Women Writers Conference, Gainesville, FL. March 23-26, 2006.
“Locating Women’s Value: The Marketplace Without, The Marketplace Within,” Negotiating 19th Century Spaces Conference, Columbia, SC. March 11-12, 2005.
“’White Godiva’: Sylvia Plath’s Unpeeling of Self,” (Dis)locating Identity in Twentieth Century Literature, An International Conference, Columbia, SC. April 3, 2004.
“Transports: Jane Austen’s Use of Horse and Carriage to Imagine Gender Relationships,” 12th Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century British Women Writers Conference, Athens, GA. March 26, 2004.
SELECTED READINGS, LECTURES, AND PRESENTATIONS
Invited Reader, Dixie State University, St. George, UT, March 7, 2017.
Featured Reader, City Arts Reading Series, Salt Lake City, UT, September 14, 2016.
Featured Reader, Helicon West Anthology Launch Party, Logan, UT, September 8, 2016.
Featured Reader, Faculty Reading, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. February 11, 2016.
Interviewer, “Writers In Conversation: Siân Griffiths and BK Loren.” Utah Humanities Council Book Festival, Main Library, Salt Lake City, UT. September 27, 2014.
Invited Reader, Dixie State University, St. George, UT. March 27, 2014.
Guest Reader, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Jan. 16, 2014.
Featured Reader, Helicon West, Logan, UT. Dec. 12, 2013.
Featured Reader, City Art Reading Series, Salt Lake City, UT. Dec. 4, 2013.
Guest Lecture: Fiction Writing and Revision, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. Nov. 19, 2013.
Featured Reader, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. Nov. 19, 2013.
Featured Reader, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. Nov. 9, 2013.
Guest Lecture: The Editor-Author Relationship, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. Nov. 7, 2013.
Guest Lecture: Publishing Your Novel, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. Nov. 7, 2013.
Featured Reader, New Rivers Press Book Launch, Moorhead, MN. Nov. 7, 2013.
Featured Reader, Utah Humanities Council Book Fest, The King’s English, Salt Lake City, UT. Oct. 11, 2013.
Featured Reader (with Melanie Rae Thon), City Art Reading Series, Salt Lake City, UT. December 5, 2012.
Invited Speaker, Dean’s Tea at Franklin Residential College, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. November 9, 2006.
Featured Reader (with Dorine Preston), University of Georgia Maymester Summer Writing Institute, Athens, GA. May 24, 2005.
Reader (with Danielle Pafunda, Kirsten Kaschock, and Jack Christian), The Vox Reading Series at Flicker, Athens, GA. April 13, 2005.
Chair. Loreen Noriari. [forthcoming]
Chair. Erin Seaward-Hiatt. “Moth Wings” (novel fragment). Defended Apr 24, 2017.
Member. Michelle Morse. “Wondering if There’s Life Out There” (personal essays). Defended Apr. 24, 2017.
Member. Lori Hadley. “Cassie” (novel fragment). Defended Apr. 21, 2017.
Member. Brooke Ipson. “Some Unseen Director’s Voice” (personal essay collection). Defended April 26, 2016.
Member. Brandon Dominguez. “Ash” (poetry collection). Defended April 13, 2016.
Member. Allyn Bernkopf. “How I Met My Rapist” (poetry collection). Defended April 15, 2016.
Member. Jessica Richards. “Protracted Guise of Decency: Victorian Detection and the Recognition of Evil” (literary criticism). Defended Fall 2015.
Chair. Brian Fendrick. “The Late Shift” (short story collection). Defended Spring 2015.
Chair. DB Troester. “Disciples and Other Stories” (short story collection). Defended Spring 2015.
Member. Leslie Thompson. “A Spiritual Journey Through Literature.” (essay collection). Defended Spring 2013.
Member. Megan Anderson. The Colony (novel manuscript). Defended Spring 2012.
Director. Creative Writing Program. Fall 2013-present.
Judge. Ogden Pride Poetry Contest. July 30, 2016.
Editorial Fellow, Fiction. Barrelhouse-Hobart Writer Camp. Summer 2016.
Screener. AWP Award Series, Novel Prize. Spring 2016.
Committee Chair. Hiring Committee: Assistant Professor of English, Fiction Writing. Fall 2015-Spring 2016.
Committee Member. Research, Scholarship, and Professional Growth Committee. Fall 2015-present.
Committee Chair. Hiring Committee: Instructor, Fiction Writing. Summer 2015.
Committee Member. Microaggressions and Diversity Discussion Group. Spring 2015-present.
Evaluator. Lindquist Faculty Fellowship applications. Spring 2015.
Evaluator. Honors Eccles Fellowship applications. Fall 2014.
Committee Chair. Weber State Block Party Planning Committee, Fall 2013.
Judge. Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Student Writing Contest, http://www.gcacwt.com/, Fiction. Spring 2013 and Spring 2014.
Judge.Touchstones Writing Contest, Utah Valley University, Poetry. Spring 2014.
Judge. Southern Literary Festival Writing Contest, http://www.southernliteraryfestival.com/, Fiction. Spring 2013.
Committee Member. General Education Creative Arts Subcommittee. Spring 2013-present.
Committee Chair. Hiring Committee: Assistant Professor of English, Poetry Writing. Fall 2012-Spring 2013.
Committee Member. English Advisory Committee. Fall 2012-present.
Committee Member. English Curriculum Committee. Fall 2012-Spring 2013.
Committee Member. English Faculty Development Committee. Fall 2012-Spring 2013.
Committee Member. Undergraduate Research Grant Committee. Fall 2011-Spring 2013.
Committee Member. Creative Writing Committee. Fall 2011-present.
Committee Member. Master of English Admissions Committee. Fall 2011-Spring 2012.
Committee Member. Hiring Committee: Instructor, Poetry Writing and Composition. Spring 2012-Summer 2012.
Committee Member. Hiring Committee: Assistant Professor of English, New Media and Digital Humanities. Fall 2011-Spring 2012.
Committee Member. Student Athlete Equity Committee. Fall 2011.
Abstract Evaluator, National Council of Undergraduate Research Conference. Fall 2011.
Director. PC 101: Introduction to College Life and the Liberal Arts program at Demorest and Athens campuses of Piedmont College. Summer 2010-present.
Committee Member. Quality Enhancement Committee for the Athens Campus of Piedmont College. Fall 2009-present.
Judge. Chattahoochee Valley Community College Fiction Writing Contest. Spring 2005.
Organizer. Graduate Student Readings, UGA Maymester Summer Writing Institute. May 16-27, 2005.
Organizer. Terry Hummer Poetry Reading. University of Georgia, Athens. April 26, 2005.
Organizer, Moderator, and Panelist. “English Graduate Organization Panel Discussion: Preparing for and Taking the Comprehensive Examination.” University of Georgia, Athens. April 5, 2005.
Vice President. University of Georgia English Graduate Organization. Fall 2004-Spring 2005.
Vice President and Founding Member. University of Georgia Nineteenth Century Reading Group. Fall 2004-Spring 2005.
Committee Member. 1102 Final Exam Committee, University of Georgia, Athens. Fall 2003.
Judge. Chattahoochee Valley Community College Fiction Writing Contest. Fall 2002.
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), 2001-2008, 2011-present.
Academy of American Poets, 2016-present.
Modern Language Association (MLA), 2004-2008.
British Women Writers Association (BWWA), 2005-2009.