Harrison Scott Key

Chair, general education


  • B.A., psychology, Belhaven College, 1997
  • M.S., theater, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1999
  • Ph.D., speech communication, Southern Illinois University, 2003
  • M.F.A., writing, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2013

Awards, recognitions and honors

  • Won the Nashville Literary Death Match, part of the Southern Festival of Books, competing against three other writers.
  • “The World's Largest Man” was nominated for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize in nonfiction.
  • “The World's Largest Man” made the bestseller list of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance throughout Summer and Fall 2015.
  • "Once More to the Lakemonster" was nominated by Outside Magazine for a National Magazine Award and Best American Essay.
  • "How I Became a Famous Writer" was named a Notable Essay in the 2015 Best American Essays anthology.

Publications and Presentations

  • "Tough Christmas Love," and “My Mississippi Waffle House,” Southern Living, 2015
  • "The Wishbone," a story from “The World’s Largest Man,” appeared on the NPR show “Snap Judgment”
  • Created a new story for “The Moth Mainstage” program, 2016
  • “The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir,” HarperCollins, May 12, 2015.
  • The story "Fifty Shades of Greyhound" was selected by Paul Theroux for The Best American Travel Writing 2014 (Houghton Mifflin); "The Wishbone" was included in the anthology "True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine"; "Don't Sex With East Texas" was included in the Oxford American (fall 2014, Texas music issue)
  • Published "College Football Fables" and "How I Became a Famous Writer" at OxfordAmerican.org
  • Invited to attend the 2014 Auburn Writers Conference at Auburn University and deliver a public reading of his work and lead a workshop titled "Three Ways to Write Humor That Aren't Funny at All"
  • Invited to month-long residency at the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, New York, to complete his book manuscript
  • Spoke to English and writing students at Clemson University about humor, inspiration, and the writing process
  • Read from his work at SCAD Atlanta's Ivy Hall fundraiser