Please meet our Featured Writer of April 2012:
Gary F. Iorio
So, Mr. Iorio, what do you have to say for yourself?
Age? Location? All that basic stuff?
I’m sixty. Sixty with good health is a great age to be. My health is fine. I actually enjoy weight lifting, cycling and educating myself regarding nutrition. It’s not as boring as it sounds. Recently I discovered that Booker’s Small Batch Bourbon at 127 Proof has the same calories as the 80-proof stuff. You should always read labels and shop the perimeters of the grocery store and the top shelf at the liquor store. I live on Long Island, about 45 miles east of NYC, in the little suburban town of Islip. With the exception of the two years I spent in Iowa City in the mid-1970s I’ve always lived in New York. I’m a short train ride into the city, and I’ve actually had a day where I came out of one Broadway Show and ran into another. I dream of the day when I don’t have to own a car.
Yes, I’m a writer. I was encouraged by my mother to start writing and to tell stories at a very young age; probably 2nd or 3rd grade. Later, in high school, I was lucky enough to have two great English teachers. I was an English major at Hofstra University and I wrote short stories and edited a small literary magazine. At the University of Iowa I graduated with an MFA in fiction in 1976. My bio, to this point, is probably very similar to most of the readers and submitters to CRACK THE SPINE. . . . Then I went to law school and stopped writing. I’ve had my own law practice since 1985. In 2009 I began writing on a daily basis again and I’m proud of that. Now I belong to a very good playwriting group. I’ve completed two one-act-plays and the readings went well. When I take a break from writing plays I try to write poems, flash fiction, fiction and memoirs. I write because I like to entertain.
Your work in Crack the Spine
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