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Fiction Writer, Poet
A former high school English and Spanish teacher and an elementary school teacher, I live in Memphis, TN. I write poetry, short fiction, articles, and occasional reviews. I have won many awards for my writing. I am only entering this note in order to mention my latest awards. See below.
I grew up in Medina, TN, near the mid-point of the ICRR between New Orleans and Chicago, attending college at nearby Union University in Jackson and earning academic degrees at Princeton (B.A. ’61), Duke (M.A. ’64), and Ole Miss (D.A. ’77). Since 1969 I’ve taught a wide range of English courses at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where I was the 1995-96 recipient of the Cunningham Teacher/Scholar Award. My publications, in addition to poems, include academic essays (especially on arcane game-playing elements in early verse texts) and a web site titled Shakespeare’s Lost Sonnets at www.utm.edu/staff/ngraves/shakespeare. My outside interests include playing piano, choral singing, running, and log-cabin reconstruction. My children are Anna (Yale ‘90, Simmons); Ben (Wesleyan ‘93, Washington State); and Molly (Princeton ’98, UC Santa Cruz). See the overview essay in Contemporary Authors (Gale, 2002) and the review by David Breidenbach of the chapbook Somewhere on the Interstate in Hollins Critic, 1 June 1988. (Link: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-133025572.html)
Joshua Gray was born in the mountains of rural Northern Virginia, outside Washington DC. He grew up in Alexandria VA, two miles from the nation’s capital and spent most of his adult life in the suburbs of the city. He attended Warren Wilson College in the mountains of western North Carolina, where he also spent the first few years of married life. Always in love with the mountains, he now lives in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India with his wife and two sons. For two years he was the DC Poetry Examiner for Examiner.com where he wrote reviews of poetry collections by local poets as well as articles on the local poetry scene. He is active on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon and many other social media sites.