Gregory Coles is a tangle of identities: born in upstate New York, raised on the Indonesian island of Java, and now a PhD candidate studying English in central Pennsylvania. He has been in love with language since age 8, when he started learning his older brother’s SAT vocabulary words and reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Greg’s fiction and expository writing have been published by Penguin Random House and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and he writes regularly for Crosswalk.com about his obsession with Jesus. His academic research on rhetorics of marginality (how language works in society for disadvantaged groups) has appeared in College English. His book Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity is forthcoming from InterVarsity Press in August 2017.
When he isn’t writing or teaching, Greg can usually be found playing piano at a local church, dabbling in songwriting, jogging, or whipping up 11-pound batches of buttercream icing at his favorite bakery.