Professor Bryan Giemza
Randolph-Macon College English Professor Bryan Giemza has been chosen to receive
one of two Smith-Reynolds Founders Fellowships. The Fellowship, sponsored by the
Hemingway Foundation and Society, will support summer research in the Ernest Hemingway
collection at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts.
Giemza is currently writing a book about the importance of debts and valuation in
Hemingway’s short fiction.
“The book looks at how Hemingway was interested in counting costs of all kinds:
not just monetary, but national, moral, familial, authorial, and above all, the
costs of love,” says Giemza. “It also considers how writers express their literary
debts to Hemingway. For example, Richard Ford and Cormac McCarthy expressly take
up Hemingway’s work as they consider irresolvable human obligations—debts, trespasses,
and fair play.”
Giemza has recently completed a literary history of Irish Catholic writers of the
American South. The book manuscript is currently in press at LSU Press. He is an
editor of Southern Writers (LSU Press, 2006) and the co-author of Poet
of the Lost Cause: A Life of Father Ryan (with Donald Beagle, University
of Tennessee Press, 2008). The book was nominated for the Lincoln, McClemore and
Jefferson Davis Prizes.
In addition, Giemza has been invited to be a contributor to one of four poetry workshops
at the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The conference, which will bring together
distinguished faculty to provide instruction and criticism through workshops and
craft lectures in fiction, poetry, and playwriting, will be held at the University
of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. “I look forward to bringing back some practical
advice for Stylus staffers and students in writing classes,” says Giemza.
Giemza joined the faculty at R-MC in 2008. He earned his B.A. at the University
of Notre Dame and his J.D., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at