Garrard Conley is the author of the memoir Boy Erased (Penguin 2016), soon to be a major motion picture, and a forthcoming novel (Penguin 2020). 

A survivor of conversion therapy, he is an activist and speaker for Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, lecturing at schools and venues across the country on radical compassion, writing through trauma, and growing up gay in the complicated South. 

He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers’ Conferences and has facilitated classes for Catapult, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. He is also currently the memoir instructor for GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator program.

His work can be found in TIMEVICECNNBuzzFeed, Them, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Huffington Post, among other places, and he was recently named a Lambda Award Finalist for memoir/autobiography. He lives in New York with his husband.