Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Contact Information

Michael Griffith
Position Professor
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 214C
Email Michael.Griffith@uc.edu
Phone (513) 556-3905
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069



School Degree
Louisiana State University
M.F.A in Fiction Writing (1992)
Princeton University
A.B in Germanic Languages & Literatures  (1987) Summe Cum Laude.

Professional Summary

Michael Griffith’s most recent novel, Trophy (Triquarterly), was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best 25 Books of Fiction for 2011. His previous books are Bibliophilia (2003) and Spikes (2001), both from Arcade. Griffith’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Salmagundi, Oxford American, New England Review, Shenandoah, Ninth Letter, Southwest Review, Five Points, Blackbird, The Washington Post, and other periodicals, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, among others.

A native of Orangeburg, SC, Griffith earned an AB in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Princeton (summa cum laude) in 1987 and an MFA in Creative Writing from LSU (1992). From 1992 to 2002 he served as the Associate Editor of The Southern Review. He is now Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English at the University of Cincinnati, and he teaches in the Sewanee School of Letters as well. In 2004 he became founding editor of Yellow Shoe Fiction, an original-fiction series from LSU Press, and he is Fiction Editor at Cincinnati Review.

Griffith has been at UC since 2002. A recipient of the English department’s Boyce Award for Teaching and of the university’s Outstanding Doctoral Mentoring Award, he was named a Fellow of the Graduate School in 2013.