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Melissa Fay Greene

Melissa Fay Greene

Kirk Distinguished Writer-in-Residence

Phone: 404.713.8107
Office Location: Dana 105

Academic Degrees

  • B.A., Oberlin College
  • Ph.D., Honorary, Emory University

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Professor Greene’s teaching interests include narrative nonfiction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with special interests in Solutions Journalism and in story theory.

Professional Activities

Melissa Fay Greene is the author of six books of nonfiction: 

  • Praying for Sheetrock (1991)
  • The Temple Bombing (1996)
  • Last Man Out (2003)
  • There is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Save her Country’s Children (2006)
  • No Biking in the House Without A Helmet (2011)
  • The Underdogs (2016).

Melissa’s work has been translated into 12 languages and has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015-2016), two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, an Anthony J. Lukacs Book Prize finalist citation, the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award, Elle Magazine Readers’ Prize, the Salon Book Prize, a Lyndhurst Foundation Fellowship, the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Georgia Author Award, an honorary doctorate of letters from Emory University in 2010, induction into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Arts & Humanities in 2013. Her books are taught in high schools, colleges, universities, and graduate schools of journalism nationwide. She has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Newsweek, LIFE, MS,, and other periodicals, and has been a frequent public radio guest. Sheetrock was named one of the Top 100 Works of American Journalism of the 20th Century and appeared on Entertainment Weekly’s list of “The New Classics—The 100 Best Books of the Last 25 Years.”

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