Marianne Gingher


Greenlaw 214

Professor of English

Author of Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit (a novel). Atheneum: 1986, Ballantine: 1988, LSU "Voices of the South" series, 1998.

Teen Angel & Other Stories of Wayward Love. Atheneum: 1988, Ballantine: 1989, Zuckerman Cannon/John F. Blair: 1998.

How to Have a Happy Childhood. Blair/Zuckermann Cannon: 2000.

A Girl's Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings and Luck. LSU Press: 2001.

Adventures in Pen Land: One Writer's Journey from Inklings to Ink. University of Missouri Press: 2008.

Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by 65 of North Carolina’s Finest Writers. UNC Press: 2009.

Marianne Gingher is the author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and journals including "The Oxford American," "Southern Review," "Carolina Quarterly," "North American Review," "Redbook," "Seventeen," "Family Fun," "McCall's", "The Washington Post Magazine," the "New York Times," "The Los Angeles Times," and elsewhere. Her novel, "Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit," was made into an NBC "Movie-of-the-Week" in 1992, starring Tom Wopat and Jean Smart. Both "Bobby Rex" and "Teen Angel," her short story collection were recipients of ALA Notable and Best Book awards, and "Bobby Rex" won North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh prize in 1987. Her memoir, "A Girl's Life," received a Foreword Magazine "Book of the Year" citation in 2001. Marianne Gingher has taught at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Bennington, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Hollins University, and UNC-Chapel Hill, where she directed the Creative Writing Program from 1997-2002. Recent projects include editing and writing a glossary and foreword to long-time colleague Daphne Athas's maverick grammar text, "Gram-O-Rama: Breaking the Rules" which she uses in her annually taught stylistics class. The Gram-O-Rama version of stylistics attempts to turn the grammar lesson into performance art. In 2012 Marianne Gingher designed a web site for “Gram-o-Rama” where illustrative student grammar exercises and tips and ideas for teachers are posted ( Other significant achievements include being a recipient of the university’s Johnston Excellence in Teaching award (2007) and being named a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor in 2011. She is also the co-founder of Jabberbox Puppet Theater, an endeavor she helped launch in 2009. Jabberbox offers intimate, salon-style original puppet theater for adults. Read more at And come see a show!

Teaching Awards

Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Chair for Distinguished Teaching, 2011-2016
Chapman Award for excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2008
Johnston Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2007
Chapman Award for excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2000


Research Groups and Interests

Creative Writing