Greg writes essays from the north woods of Wisconsin. He collaborates with Russell Thorburn to write songs of rock legends and his writing takes a deeper turn in yoga, where it all begins with inquiry and ends with another breath, another inspire – ation.
Staying alert to catch expressions of the mystical he chooses to embrace the edges by following that which is not trending as a path to mindful equanimity.
Greg’s writing and aesthetic influences were formed by the Social Gospel Movement of the 1920s, the grittily structured Chicago realism of Carl Sandburg, essays inspired by the paleontological work of Loren Eisley, the poetic outlook of the Romantics: Wordsworth and Coleridge, and the sharp quill of Shakespeare, along with the rebellious and generative New Yorker Walt Whitman.
He marvels at the work of Maya Angelou, Anna Akhmatova, Rumi, Rilke, and a host of Indigenous writers, following their paths through spirited wind tunnels, places of bones, soup lines, landscapes and inscapes.
He’s curious about ocean life, lava, and the number of rattlesnakes per mile in the Arizona desert. He finds hope for writers in lava. As it bakes in the sun, lava appears barren and hard. In time, the rock is transformed and yields food. Flowers will bloom, bees will pollinate, and humans will find a way to make tequila from blue agave.
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan
Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio
University Wisconsin – La Crosse, Wisconsin