Gary Guinn’s fiction and poetry have been published in The Rockford Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, and Arkansas Literary Forum. Two of his poems will appear in Poesia in July, and his story “The Scar” was short-listed for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award from Carve Magazine and will be published in Carve in November. His first novel, A Late Flooding Thaw, will be published by Moon Lake Press in the summer of 2004. He is currently working on a second novel, the fourth chapter of which appears in this volume of Arkansas Literary Forum.
Guinn teaches in the English Department at John Brown University in Siloam Springs. He currently directs the Honors Scholars Program at JBU and in that capacity chairs the “Beginning in Honors” session for new small college honors directors at the national conference of NCHC. He teaches a variety of courses in the English Department, including Honors Composition, World Literature, Honors Integrated Humanities, 19th-century British Literature, Irish Literature, and Creative Writing Workshop in both poetry and fiction. His favorite project has been to lead the six-week JBU summer study program in Northern Ireland. His favorite pastimes are walking, reading, writing, and traveling. He and his wife, Mary Ann, who is the JBU university nurse, have traveled extensively in Europe and to a lesser degree in Mexico and Central America. They have two grown sons and a Jack Russell Terrier named Trot, who has filled the empty nest admirably.