Making It Real
Gary Lawrence, who teaches English at GCC, recently published his first book of fiction, Baffled. The collection of a dozen short stories features familiar local characters that come to life in ordinary places such as Rockford, Illinois, where Lawrence grew up.
Lawrence talked about his book in a Morning Edition interview on NPR in June. “Being interviewed by my hometown public-radio station was a wonderful opportunity and gave me a great sense of accomplishment,” said Lawrence.
Lawrence earned a degree in English and a high-school teaching certificate before working for 30 years in the aerospace industry as a technical writer and manager.
He started teaching English (composition classes) at GCC in 2011 after graduating with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Reflecting his inclination to teach, Lawrence appended his book with supplemental material, including:
- How to Get More Out of Any Short Story;
- Interview with the Author;
- Author Commentary and Discussion Questions; and
- Failed Poet’s Society (commentary on why people today write short stories).
According to Lawrence, “Short stories are a legitimate and underappreciated literary form all their own.” Lawrence reads the title story from Baffled in this unexpurgated recording. (Listen here.)
Lawrence displays his technical-writing side for area high-school students later this month. On July 31, he will give three presentations at the all-day 2014 Maricopa ACE (Achieving a College Education) program STEM conference, STEMulating the Minds of Our Future, to be held at GCC.
The Maricopa ACE program aims to motivate underrepresented students to complete high school and continue on to complete college degrees by helping them make smooth transitions between high school, community college and university. For more information visit ACE Plus.