David Giffels is the author of the memoir, Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a
Measure of Life, to be published by Scribner in January 2018. His previous books include The
Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014), a New York
Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” and nominee for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir All the Way Home (William
Morrow/HarperCollins 2008), winner of the Ohioana Book Award.
His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic.com, Parade, the Wall
Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, Redbook, and many other publications. He also was
a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head.
He is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative
nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.