Garth Greenwell is a books columnist for Towleroad. His debut novel, ‘What Belongs to You,’ will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in January, 2016. He is also the author of ‘Mitko,’ which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and a Lambda Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and A Public Space. His criticism has appeared widely, including online for The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he studied vocal performance at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School of Music before earning graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Harvard University, where he was a Mellon Fellow. He spent seven years working as a high school English teacher, the last four of them in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is a committed advocate for LGBT youth. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow in fiction, he currently holds the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Fellowship at the University of Iowa.