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Photo of Marianne Ginger, taken by Sarah Boyd


1974, MFA in Creative Writing, UNC-Greensboro


Marianne Gingher writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has published short stories and essays in periodicals ranging from  the Oxford American  to  O, the Oprah Magazine to the New York Times. She is also a cartoonist and a puppeteer. With her collaborator, Deborah Seabrooke, she founded Jabberbox Puppet Theater in 2009, a venue for original puppet performances.


  • Bobby Rex’s Greatest Hit. (New York: Atheneum  Publishers, 1986).
  • Teen Angel & Other Stories of Wayward Love (New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1988).
  • A Girl’s Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings & Luck ( Baton Rouge:Louisiana State University Press, 2001).
  • Adventures in Pen Land: One Writer’s Journey from Inklings to Ink ( Columbus: University of Missouri Press, 2008).
  • Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers ( Chapel Hill: University of North Carolna Press, 2009.)
  • Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers ( Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.)

Teaching Awards

  •  Chapman Family Fellowship Award, UNC Institute of Arts and Humanities, 2000.
  • Johnston Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007.
  • Chapman Family Fellowship Award, UNC Institute of Arts and Humanities,2008.
  • Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor 2011-2016.


  • Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, 1987, presented by the Historical Book Club of North Carolina
  • ALA “Best Book” citation for Teen Angel & Other Stories of Wayward Love, 1988
  • North Carolina Literary Fellowship Grant, 1990 ($7,500)
  • Bronze Medal from Foreword Magazine in Best Book of the Year/ Memoir categoryfor A Girl’s Life, May 2002
  • 2003 Spray-Randleigh Award, UNC-CH, $15,000 grant for a proposal to edit a grammar exercise workbook based on Daphne Athas’s original Glossolalia, Summer 2003
  • UNC /University Research Grant, 2006 for sudden fiction anthology project
  • UNC Arts and Humanities Grant award, 2007 for sudden fiction anthology project
  • UNC/University Research Council Publication Grant, May 2008
  • New York Times Best-seller List, #8, May 2015 for Amazing Place (Travel category)

Courses Taught:

  • (ENG 130) Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • (ENG 132H) Honors Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • (ENG 307) Flash Fiction
  • (ENG 206) Intermediate Fiction Writing
  • (ENG 406) Advanced Fiction Writing
  • (ENG 307) Gram-o-Rama
  • (ENG 306)  Introduction to Playwriting and Puppetry (summer course only)
  • (ENG 693 and 694) Senior Honors in Fiction Writing


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Office: Greenlaw 214