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For information about the former footballer, see Greg Downs (footballer)

Greg Downs (born November 22, 1971) is the author of the Flannery O'Connor Award-winning short story collection, Spit Baths published in 2006 by the University of Georgia Press. Spit Baths has been called "masterful" and "rich and mesmerizing" by the Philadelphia Inquirer; a "founding myth for a racially integrated South" by the San Francisco Chronicle; and a "luminous new collection" by Small Spiral Notebook. Downs' stories have been published in literary magazines like the Black Warrior Review, Glimmer Train, Meridian, The Greensboro Review, Chicago Reader, CutBank, The South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, The Literary Review, Wind, storySouth, Philadelphia Stories, Sycamore Review, New Letters, Madison Review, and Witness. He graduated from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, which awarded him a James Michener/Copernicus Society of America fellowship.

Downs, born in San Francisco, was raised in his mother's native Elizabethtown and Hyden, Kentucky; Nashville; and Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii. His writing has been called "thoroughly original and completely authentic" by fellow Kentucky native Fenton Johnson. He is the grandson of noted virologist and naturalist Wilbur G. Downs. He is a B.A. graduate of Yale University, where his advisor was Bancroft Prize-winning historian Melvin Patrick Ely.

Along with his fiction writing, Downs is also an historian, with a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation supervisor was Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Steven Hahn. He studies 19th century American political culture, and is an Assistant Professor at the City College of New York.


Greg Downs' official website

University of Georgia Press page on Spit Baths

Philadelphia Inquirer review

San Francisco Chronicle review

Lexington Herald-Leader review

Profile in Nashville Scene

Feature in Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Profile in Philadelphia Weekly

Tennessean interview

Book Notes in Largehearted Boy

Review in Small Spiral Notebook

Review in storySouth

Review in Philadelphia Magazine

LitPark interview

Publishers Weekly review

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