Gary has taught courses on haiku, poetic forms, creative writing and moutain poets of China and Japan. He also traveled extensively with his teacher, Nanao Sakaki, the wandering Japanese poet, and is Sakaki's American publsiher.He graduated from Colby College with a degree in East Asian Studies, and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University of Southern Maine. After graduating from Colby he lived as “poet’s apprentice” at the California home of poet Gary Snyder. He has been artist in residence at Isle Royale National Park, the Island Institute of Sitka, Alaska, the Beech Hill Preserve, and the Cathance River Preserve. He has taught at Bates College and Mt. Ararat High School, and currently teaches at MidCoast Senior College. He has published 16 collections of poetry in Maine and 5 in Italy. He edits/publishes Blackberry Books and since 1979 has owned Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick, with his wife Beth. He and Beth live in Nobleboro, Maine, with 2 cats and 2 donkeys.

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