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Greg Ames

Greg Ames

Associate Professor of English
English, 304 Lathrop Hall
Greg Ames teaches writing and literature courses at Colgate. He is the author of two books, Buffalo Lockjaw, a novel that won a NAIBA Book of the Year Award, and Funeral Platter, a collection of twenty short stories, published in hardcover by Arcade in October 2017. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, The Sun, Catapult, and North American Review, among many others. He can also be found at



Funeral Platter, New York: Arcade, October 2017.
Buffalo Lockjaw, New York: Hyperion, April 2009.


“Punishment” in Catapult, May 2017.
“Hallie Bang” in The Sun, April 2017.
“Dummies” in Post Road, Spring 2017.
“Be My Max Brod” in North American Review, Fall 2016.
“Is the Vagina Necessary?” in PANK, Fall 2016.
“Don’t Call It Vino” in The Sun, January 2016.
“Men’s Room” in Electric Literature and Okey-Panky, Spring 2015.
“The Life She’s Been Missing” in The Sun, September 2014.
“Little Help” in Unsaid, Winter 2010.
“Forgiving the Bench Warmer” in Southern Review, Fall 2010.
“Going Bald” in Torpedo, 2008.  
“I Feel Free” in McSweeney’s, Fall 2006.
“Family Album” in Unsaid, Summer 2006.
“The Ecstasy of Biography” in Fiction International, Summer 2004.


“American Immortality: Four Poems” in Barrelhouse, 2006. 
“Ed Asner Poems” (from “American Immortality” series) in Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2007.

Reviews for Buffalo Lockjaw

In this beautifully observed debut, a son wrestles with the possibility of assisted suicide for his mother, stricken with Alzheimer’s. . . . A novel about hard choices and doing the right thing that is modest, moving and true. — Kirkus  (starred review)

This brilliant first novel suggests that Greg Ames is a writer who will be heard from for many years to come. — World Literature Today

Greg Ames has written a brazen and tender book about a city and a scene, a mother and a son, and the beauty and pain of several kinds of love. — Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land

The voice of this novel invites you right in, and Ames knows how to build up the world with a light hand while still getting to the complicated and painful ways we muddle through. Funny and fresh and generous. — Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

Reviews for Funeral Platter

Greg Ames' trick, his sleight of hand, is to somehow take the absurd and make it vanish into tenderness, to pull laughter out of the particulars of cruelty, and to give each gorgeously rendered sentence a living human tongue. Every story here is its own cabinet of wonders. Funeral Platter is hands down one of the best collections I've read in years. —David Ryan, author of Animals in Motion

If you think you’re ready for Ames’s life-changing brand of unhinged literary brilliance, first be sure that you’re someplace where it’s socially acceptable to lose your sh*t.— J. Robert Lennon, author of Mailman

The stories in this collection never ceased to blow my mind. . . . Funeral Platter is a must read. One of the best collections out there. — Kim Chinquee, author of Oh Baby


BA, SUNY-Buffalo State College
MA, University of London (Queen Mary & Westfield College)
MFA, Brooklyn College
PhD, Binghamton University


Twentieth-century American literature, contemporary fiction, the short story, satire, literature of the absurd, film and the novel.


Buffalo Lockjaw:
  • NAIBA Book of the Year Award
  • Voted # 1 in The Believer's Reader Survey
  • "One City, One Book" selection, Lockport, NY
  • Kirkus Starred Review