LORI ANNE GRAVLEY
Lori Anne Gravley lives with her husband, two dogs, and thirteen stringed instruments. Sometimes her sons come to visit. She grew up in Niceville, FL; earned her MFA in El Paso, TX; and now she lives in Yellow Springs, OH, at the edges of fields that sometimes (in the dark after snow) look like dunes and waving sea oats and sometimes look like buffalo grass and desert sand. She has been nominated for a Pushcart and Best New Poets. You can hear her interviews with poets and her recordings of poems on WYSO.org where she is a Community Voices radio producer and an assitant producer of the local poetry program, Conrad's Corner.
She's taught poetry and writing throughout the United States in community colleges, in prisons, in universities, in libraries, in elementary schools, in public parks, and in high schools. Now, she teaches writing and facilitates program management and leadership courses around the world as a contracted consultant for the US Agency for International Development. A long-time practicer of yoga, she's an RYT-200 with a specialty in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She has taught yoga classes and incorporated yoga into her classroom teaching since 2013.
She conducts a yearly Stone's Throw Writing Retreat in Tenant's Harbor, Maine with fiction writer/essayist Rebecca (R.A.) Morean. Beginning in late 2018, she'll be conducting workshops around the world with memoirist and Second Bloom life coach Jude Walsh.
In addition to poetry and essays for adults, Lori writes fiction and poetry for children of all ages, from picture books to young adult. You can find out more about her work for children at www.lorigravley.com.