JP Gritton attended Jarrow Montessori from the time he was 2 until graduation in 6th grade. His new book WYOMING is receiving lots of acclaim and he is currently touring the country when he has time away from teaching creative writing at Duke University.
When you ask how his Montessori education at Jarrow impacted him, he has a lot to say….
“At Jarrow, if you had a passion, you were allowed to pursue it, and not just allowed, but encouraged. From a very young age, I loved to write. Ellen Drury, my teacher, was one of the best teachers I have ever had and she really encouraged me. In 6th grade, we read Crime and Punishment, and it wasn’t until one of my dissertation committee members said that my novel reminded him of Crime and Punishment that I realized how much it had infused how I write. Jarrow laid this very powerful groundwork for me.”
Gritton is the recipient of Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellowship, a DisQuiet fellowship and the Inprint Donald Barthelme prize in fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. His translations of the work of Brazilian writer Cidinha da Silva have appeared in InTranslation.
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