Dr. Ormson has broad experience translating jargon into a common language that inspires and informs. Publishing with 10 national and international yoga focused journals, his vignettes have reached over two-million viewers through social media. His agent, Elizabeth Kracht from Kimberley Cameron and Associates is presenting Greg’s yoga book to publishers.
Greg started a writers group in Hawaii, and for a dozen years has shared a songwriting partnership with poet Russell Thorburn from Marquette, Michigan. He publishes rustic cabin essays from the north woods of Wisconsin, and songs of rock legends. His writing seeks out transformational stories in any form; staying alert to catch expressions of the mystical, he chooses to seek the edges by following that which is not trending.
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 Shakespeare, along with the rebellious and generative New Yorker Walt Whitman.
He marvels at the work of Maya Angelou, Anna Akhmatova, and a host of Indigenous writers and follows their paths through spirited wind tunnels, places of bones, soup lines, landscapes and inscapes. He’s curious about ocean life and lava, and notes that as lava bakes in the sun, it appears barren, hard, hot. In time, the rock will be transformed and will yield food.
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan
Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio
University Wisconsin – La Crosse, Wisconsin
June 1983 – July 1997