Like Flannery O’Connor meets Chuck Klosterman meets Seinfeld, Harrison Scott Key is one of Southern Gothic’s great new hopes.
— Hannah Hayes, Southern Living
All photos by Chia Chong

All photos by Chia Chong

Harrison Scott Key is the author of two memoirs, including Congratulations, Who Are You Again? (Harper Perennial), a true story about how his American Dream to do something creative and meaningful with his life nearly obliterated every meaningful thing in his life. His first memoir, The World's Largest Man, a true story about what it's like to be related to insane people from Mississippi, including the surprise revelation on the last page that he is also insane and the book is a hallucination, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a major literary award, according to his mother.

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Harrison's humor and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford American, Outside, The New York Times, The American Conservative, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Mockingbird, Salon, Savannah Magazine, Reader's Digest, Image, Southern Living, Gulf Coast, and Creative Nonfiction, as well as a number of magazines that don't pay you anything at all, not even a little, but it was cool, because people who work at magazines are mostly poor, and helping the poor is a priority for Harrison, should he come under scrutiny.

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Harrison has lectured, talked, read, performed, etc., around the world for audiences of 0 to 1,000, depending on how many of his mother's friends live in that city. He has spoken at book festivals, bookstores, conferences, variety shows, radio shows, and universities around the country, as well as retirement communities and at least one religious organization whose members were perfectly courteous up until the end. He has also performed comedy at venues around the U.S., if you include three or four different cities to be "around the U.S."

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He holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and a Ph.D. in playwriting and teaches writing at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children and a cat named Joan Rivers and a fish that won't ever die or may be dead already, it is difficult to tell. (UPDATE: The fish is dead.)