Gary Every

1492, poetry, Issue 21, December 1, 2012

Piano Waterfall, poetry, Issue 26, March 1, 2014

Birthdate? 9/28/1960

When did you start writing? I have always written stories for as long as I could remember. I was the oldest child of a single mom and babysitting was always a lot easier if my brothers and sisters were sitting still while I told them stories.

When and what and where did you first get published? In the 1980's, The Weekly, a free arts, entertainment and politics magazine distributed free had a contest on the back page called Dust Devils:  Write a short story of 75 words or less for $5. One year I think was in something crazy like 37 issues. 

What themes do you like to write about? Wilderness of the Soul. The southwest, archaeology in general and Native Americans in particular.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Ray Bradbury and Farenheit 451. I saw Ray Bradbury speak when i was around junior high and the Viet Nam War was coming to a close. Bradbury said "How many of you are going to burn your draft cards?"
A wild cheer went up from the crowd.
Bradbury shouted "Down with the Military Industrial complex. Up with the revolution"
The crowd cheered again.
Bradbury asked the crowd "How many of you are going to burn your driver's licenses?"
Bradbury reminds, "But that's part of the military industrial complex too" 
Gary Every is the author of nine books including Shadow of the OhshaD, a collection of the best of his newspaper columns including award winning pieces such as "The Apache Naichee Ceremony" and "Losing Geronimo's Language."  His science fiction books include The Saint and the Robot and Inca Butterflies.  Examples of Mr. Every performing slam poetry can be found on his you tube channel.