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Garrard Conley

Biography

Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley’s fiction and nonfiction can be found in The CommonThe Madison Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation writers’ conferences. Conley currently teaches English literature and promotes LGBTQ equality in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Garrard Conley

Books by Garrard Conley

by Garrard Conley - Memoir, Nonfiction

When Garrard Conley was 19 years old, he was outed to his parents and forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, Garrard was supposed to emerge heterosexual and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, he found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.