Gary Earl Ross and The Writer's Den

Gary Earl Ross

Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (UB/EOC).
555 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Playwright, Novelist, Short Story Writer, Poet, Public Radio Essayist, Popular Culture Scholar, Speaker,
Writing Workshop Leader, Editor and Manuscript Consultant, Occasional Actor.
The Writer's Den, 228 Highgate Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215, (716)308-0807


The Just Buffalo Literary Center workshop Gary leads will resume in the fall. For information and registration, contact Just Buffalo at (716)832-5400.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Having been selected a 2nd Street Theater Playwrights' Platform festival favorite, The Mark of Cain, Gary's next courtroom drama, will have a full production at Subversive Theatre's Manny Fried Playhouse in 2016. Inspired by the landmark Ossian Sweet murder case, during which Clarence Darrow defended a black Detroit doctor and his family on murder charges after they defended their home against a white mob, The Mark of Cain, like Inherit the Wind, is historical but not history. In defending Dr. Ossian Cain, attorney Charles Durham raises a question fundamental in our divisive political atmosphere: What does one have to do to be accepted as American? Interested theater companies should contact the playwright at

Gary's newest play, The Guns of Christmas, was onstage at the Manny Fried Playhouse from December 4 through December 20, 2014. Commissioned by The Subversive Theatre Company, the play is a centennial commemoration of the unofficial 1914 Christmas truces held at various points in the trenches of World War I. In many places, British, French, and German troops spontaneously put down their arms on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In some places enemies played soccer or chess with each other, while in others they pooled their rations for a shared Christmas meal. For a day, common men called into military service gave themselves the power to say no to war. The play received the Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Award and is now in print. Companies interested in future productions should contact the author. Here is a link to the Buffalo News review of The Guns of Christmas: Gusto Review

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Last Updated June 2, 2015