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Oregon City, OR
Rowing for years, Kate Gray coached crew and taught in an East Coast boarding school at the start of her teaching career. Now after more than 20 years teaching at a community college in Oregon, Kate tends her students’ stories. Her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive (2007) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed chapbooks, Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Over the years she’s been awarded residencies at Hedgbrook, Norcroft, and Soapstone, and a fellowship from the Oregon Literary Arts. Her poetry and essays have been nominated for Pushcart prizes. She and her partner live in a purple house in Portland, Oregon with their sidekick, Rafi, a very patient dog.
I am a writer and poet; former adult ed. teacher in IL and ME; many readings in ME, including National Poetry Day at governor's mansion; Longfellow Days in Brunswick; Boothbay Heritage Days in Boothbay Harbor. In 2013 I won a MORE Award for reporting excellence from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. I specialize in fitness, health and outdoor topics, but take on anything that interests me. I've been publishing my nonfiction and poetry for 30 years and have lived in MA, CT, IL, ME, now OR.