Patricia B. Griffith

Patricia Griffith
Associate Professor Emeritus

Associate Professor Emeritus

Current Research

Patricia Griffith teaches Creative Writing, Contemporary Drama and two classes in Fundamentals of Dramatic Writing, 2250 and 3250. The 3250 class includes methods for screen writing as well as writing for the theatre. She is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, screen writer, and sometimes journalist. Her third novel,The World Around Midnight, was named one of the outstanding books of the year by the American Library Association Her last book, Supporting the Sky was a Literary Guild selection. Her work has been included twice in the O. Henry Prize Stories. She has had Equity productions of her plays in New York and Dallas. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and is a former president and a former Chair person of the board of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She is currently working on a novel set in East Texas in the early 20th century based on a historical lynching and the Ku Klux Klan.


The Future Is Not What It Used to Be– Simon & Schuster
Tennessee Blue – Clarkson Potter
The World Around Midnight – Putnam’s
Supporting the Sky – Putnam’s
I’ve had three equity productions of plays:
Outside Waco, New York, Dallas
Safety, Dallas
Risky Games, Dallas
Short stories in Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review(both included in O. Henry Prize Stories), and Washingtonian.
Non-fiction published in The Washington Post, Texas Observer, and the anthology Skin Deep, Black Women and White Women Write About Race, published by Doubleday and Vintage Presses.