About Gary


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After a successful career in the performing arts both as a practitioner and an administrator, my work now aims to connect culture and history through writing about experiences with food.  I’ve worked as an actor, a playwright, a director, and an essayist.  I was the founding director of a multi-arts center, and taught writing at the undergraduate and graduate level.  My writing was awarded fellowships from The MacDowell Colony for the Arts, The Millay Colony, and the Art Matters Foundation.  My solo theater works were seen in numerous Off-Off-Broadway venues in New York City.

I hold a BA in Theater from SUNY Stony Brook and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.  I was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at The Harvard Business School.


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Publications & Projects

My recent writing has been published in Maine Homes Down East and on Food52.  My essay, Slow Dancing in West Virginia was published in The Berkshire Review.  My essay about food and grief was the basis of an episode of My Family Recipe, a podcast on the Heritage Radio Network. I am a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and in 2023 they presented my talk on food writing, Every Meal Has a Story. I am currently completing a memoir/cookbook about my travels in France. Some recent work is linked below.

The Frittata That Bought Us a House – essay on Food52

30 Years of Sturdy French Pottery – essay on Food52

My Family Recipe – podcast featuring Gary on Grief and Cooking

That View, Though – essay in Down East Home

Pass the Torchon: French Kitchen Towels – essay on Food52

Power Outage Bacon – essay on Food52

Macaroni and Griefballs – essay on Food52

Following in the Footsteps of Laurie Colwin – essay on Food52

Not Just an Anchor – Arts Vibrancy – Guest Post on SMU | DataArts

Slow Dancing in West Virginia – Essay in The Berkshire Review

A 6-minute film about Gary’s work with the Hudson Hall. Directed by Devin Pickering.

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Let’s Keep in Touch


I’m working to keep the pernicious spambots at bay so I’m not listing my direct contact info here but please drop me a line using the form below and I’ll be very happy to promptly email you or call you back.

Thanks much!