BEGINNING JUNE 4TH, Michael Loyd Gray will join us as the Co-Host of Aspects of writing radio show.
Michael Loyd Gray was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but grew up in Champaign, Illinois. He earned a MFA in English from Western Michigan University and has taught at colleges and universities in upstate New York, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Texas. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Journalism degree and was a newspaper staff writer in Arizona and Illinois for ten years, conducting the last interview with novelist Erskine Caldwell.
He is the winner of the 2005 Alligator Juniper Fiction Prize and the 2005 The Writers Place Award for Fiction. Gray’s novel Well Deserved won the 2008 Sol Books Prose Series Prize. His novel Not Famous Anymore was awarded a grant by the Elizabeth George Foundation and has been released by Three Towers Press. His novel December's Children was a finalist for the 2006 Sol Books Prose Series Prize and is forthcoming (June 2012) from Sol Books as the young adult novel King Biscuit. He has written a sequel to Well Deserved called The Last Stop, and another novel called Blue Sparta. Recently he finished a novel titled Fast Eddie. A lifelong Chicago Bears and Rolling Stones fan, he lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and teaches as full-time online English faculty for South University, where he is one of the founding editors of the student literary journal Asynchronous and sponsor of an online readings series featuring fiction and poetry.
Michael is represented by Vilain-Innovations – Literary Agency in The Netherlands.
Tune in every show, at the top of the hour, to find out where former guest Kevin Parsons and his wife are next on their journey, "50 states in 50 weeks."