SIU Alumni Association To Honor Key As Distinguished Alumni

Harrison Scott Key is the author of “The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir,” named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best nonfiction books of the year and winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize in American Humor. A native of Mississippi, Key earned his doctoral degree in speech communication at SIU in 2003, concentrating in playwriting and performance studies. Prior to that, Key earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, an master’s degree in theater from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a master of fine arts in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Key has taught English, communications, and creative writing at Tulane University, Mississippi State University, Chamberlain-Hunt Academy, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he currently teaches nonfiction, memoir, and humor writing. His writing has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Reader’s Digest, and Oxford American.