Photo Credit: Barbara Grossman

Gary Grossman

b. 1954

Current City, State, Country

Athens, Georgia, USA

Birth City, State, Country

United States


Gary Grossman is Professor Emeritus of Animal Ecology at University of Georgia. He is the author or co-author of 150 scientific journal articles, and served as an editor or editorial board member of Freshwater Biology, Ecology of Freshwater Fish, and Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Gary has published (or has forthcoming) over 100 poems in 36 reviews including: Verse-Virtual, Your Daily Poem, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Poetry Superhighway, Salvation South, and Delta Poetry Review. Short fiction in MacQueen’s Quinterly and creative non-fiction in Tamarind Literary Magazine. Gary’s flash fiction piece “Mindfulness” was just nominated by MacQueen’s Quinterly for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions Anthology. For 10 years he wrote the “Ask Dr. Trout” column for American Angler. Gary’s first book of poems, Lyrical Years is forthcoming in March 2023 from Kelsay Press, and his graphic novel memoir My Life in Fish: One Scientist’s Journey is available from [email protected]. Hobbies include running, music, fishing, and gardening.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

I write poems on many themes, including Judaism, and Jewish culture. Poems that include aspects of Judaism and Jewish culture include: “Gramma’s Strudel” (published in Your Daily Poem, Sept. 22, 2022), “Leftover Kugel” (published in Poetica, 2022), “Quartering an Apple,” Salvation South, forthcoming. In addition, I was responsible for getting the Jewfish name, changed to goliath grouper and published on that experience here. I continue to be an activist fighting antisemitism, and have been both a JNF and Schusterman Fellow, and former chair of the STEM section of the Academic Engagement Network.

Published Works

Lyrical Years (Kelsay Press, March 2023)

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Links to Sample Works

Video Reading

Current Title

Professor Emeritus


University of California, Berkeley, BSc, 1975
University of California, Davis, PhD, 1979

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