Gray Jacobik earned her Ph.D. in American and British Literature from Brandeis University and for many years served as a professor of literature at Eastern Connecticut State University. A widely-published poet, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Jacobik’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ontario Review, The Georgia Review, Connecticut Review and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is the winner of The Yeats Prize given by The Yeats Society of New York, and of The Emily Dickinson Prize sponsored by Universities West Press. In 2009, her poem, “The Skeptic’s Prayer” received the 2009 Third Coast Poetry Prize (Western Michigan University). Her book, The Double Task, University of Massachusetts Press (1998), received The Juniper Prize and was nominated for The James Laughlin Award and The Poet’s Prize. The Surface of Last Scattering, published by Texas Review Press (1999) was selected by X. J. Kennedy as the winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Brave Disguises published by the University of Pittsburgh Press (2002) received the AWP Poetry Series Award. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize more than twenty times, most recently in 2009 (for “Oysters” Southern Women’s Review). She has served as the Robert Frost Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place. From 2003 until 2009, Gray served on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program (University of Southern Maine). She is a painter as well as a poet, working in oils and pastels and exhibiting her work at various galleries along the south shore of Connecticut. Little Boy Blue: A Memoir in Verse is newly published by CavanKerryPress. She lives with her husband, Bruce Gregory, in Deep River, Connecticut.
Poet, Painter, Mentor