Gary Earl Ross: Biography, Books, and Plays

BIOGRAPHY
Gary Earl Ross,
a retired UB/EOC language arts professor, is the author of more than 200 published short stories, poems, articles, op-ed articles, scholarly papers, and public radio essays. His works include the short story collections The Wheel of Desire (2000) and Shimmerville (2002), the children’s story Dots (2002), the novel Blackbird Rising (2009), and the stage plays Sleepwalker (2002), Picture Perfect (2007), The Best Woman (2007), Matter of Intent (winner of the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America), Murder Squared (2011), The Scavenger’s Daughter (2012), The Guns of Christmas (2014), and The Mark of Cain (2016). Ross’s plays have been performed in Buffalo, NY; New York, NY; Rochester, NY; Bend, OR; Knoxville, TN; Spring Lake, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada; West Sussex, England; Manchester, England; London, England; Shanghai, China; Manipal, India; and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ross edited Nickel City Nights (2008) and co-edited (with Gunilla Theander Kester) The Empty Chair: Love and Loss in the Wake of Flight 3407 (2010) and The Still Empty Chair (2011). Coming soon from Black Opal Books is Nickel City Blues, the first Buffalo-based Gideon Rimes mystery. In addition to the Edgar, Ross’s honors include three Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Awards, a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, a Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Fellowship, an ASI/DEC Fiction Grant, public radio commentary awards from the New York Associated Press and the New York Broadcasters Association, and numerous awards for teaching or professional, university, or community service. A member of the Just Buffalo Literary Center, the Dramatists Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the National Writers Union, Ross has written, directed, or acted in plays for Ujima Company, the Subversive Theatre Collective, New Phoenix Theater, Road Less Traveled Productions, and the Towne Players.


TEACHING:

1973-77. Canisius HS (76-77) and Buffalo Schools (73-76): Secondary English teacher.
1977-2013. University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center. Ranks: Lecturer through Full Professor.
1980-2013. University at Buffalo Upward Bound Program: Summer faculty.
ADJUNCT FACULTY POSITIONS AT VARIOUS TIMES: Erie Community College, Villa Maria College, Medaille College.


HONORS AND AWARDS:

National/International:

Loretta Lorrance MAPACA Service Award, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014
Selected Playwright, Playwrights’ Platform Series, Bend, Oregon, 2013
Selected Playwright, NAAA Crossing the Divide Festival, London, England, 2009
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Play, Mystery Writers of America, 2006
Fiction Award,ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum Magazine, 1996
Fiction Award Honorable Mention, Side Show 1995
Pushcart Prize Nominee from Slipstream Magazine, 1989

State/Regional:

Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Award, 2016: The Mark of Cain
Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Award, 2015: Guns of Christmas
Mary B. Talbert Civic and Cultural Club Award, 2014
ASI/DEC Individual Artist Grant for Fiction, 2014
Outstanding Alumnus Award, Bennett High School, 2013
City of Buffalo Executive Chamber Proclamation for Publication of Novel Blackbird Rising and performance of Matter of Intent in London, July 29, 2009
Erie County Legislature Official Proclamation for Publication of Novel Blackbird Rising and performance of Matter of Intent in London, July 29, 2009
Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Fellowship, 2008: The Scavenger’s Daughter
Best Writer in Buffalo, Artvoice Weekly, 2008
New York Broadcasters Association First Place Commentary Award, 2006
Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Award, 2005: Matter of Intent
Erie County Artist of the Year Award, Arts Council, 2003
New York Broadcasters Association First Place Commentary Award, 2003
New York Associated Press First Place Radio Commentary Award, 1996
Just Buffalo Fiction Residency, 1992
New York State/UUP Excellence Award, 1990
LIFT/NYSCA Fiction Fellowship, 1989
Just Buffalo Fiction Residency, 1987

Departmental/University:

Upward Bound Outstanding Service Award, 2013
Upward Bound Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005
Upward Bound Excellence in Teaching Award, 2002
Upward Bound Excellence in Teaching Award, 1998
Upward Bound Excellence in Teaching Award, 1997
Upward Bound Quality Service Award, 1997
Educational Opportunity Center Teacher of the Year Award, 1989 – 1990
Upward Bound Excellence in Teaching Award, 1982
EOC Oxner-Lytle Distinguished Service Award, 1982

MEMBERSHIPS:

Mystery Writers of America
International Thriller Writers
Dramatists Guild of America
National Writers Union
Just Buffalo Literary Center
Subversive Theatre Collective

BOOKS, PLAYS, and DIRECTORY LISTINGS (Click on title for more information)

The Mark of Cain
The Guns of Christmas
Blackbird Rising
Matter of Intent
Shimmerville
The Wheel of Desire
The Scavenger's Daughter
Murder Squared
Picture Perfect
The Best Woman
Sleepwalker
Dots
Flash 55
Queen City Flash
Nickel City Nights
The Empty Chair & The Still Empty Chair
WordCraft
Amazon Author Page
Poets and Writers Directory
Marquis Who's Who Biography