Gregory Luce arrived in Washington in the summer of 1980, armed with a Masters degree in English/Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University and two further semesters of graduate work in writing at the University of Southern Mississippi under his belt. Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1954, he moved at age 5 to Lexington, Kentucky, where his father studied to become an Episcopal priest, then back to Texas following his father’s ordination. The family moved several more times, ending up in Oklahoma City, where Gregory graduated in 1972 and went on to university at Oklahoma State.
He began writing poetry early in life, under the influence of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses that his grandparents read to him, but became a bit more serious about writing in college, publishing his first poem outside student magazines in 1978. At Oklahoma State, he studied literature and writing with Gordon Weaver and William Mills, and at Southern Mississippi, he worked with Frederick Barthelme. Since arriving in Washington, Gregory has published four volumes of poems, the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications, 2010) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press, 2011), the collection Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013), and the chapbook Tile, (Finishing Line, 2016), as well as poems and prose in numerous print and online journals. He has read in the Iota Poetry Series, Takoma Park Third Thursday, and Nora School Series, among others. In 2014, he received the Larry Neal Award for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Gregory is the father of two sons, Alex and Theo. He has relocated to Arlington, VA, but still considers himself very much a DC poet. He recently retired from the National Geographic Society.
Written by Gregory Luce September 2013; edited by Gregory Luce, July 2016.