Gregory Coles is a tangle of identities: born in upstate New York, raised on the Indonesian island of Java, and now living in central Pennsylvania, where he recently completed a PhD in English. 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. His academic research on rhetorics of marginality (how language works in society for disadvantaged groups) has appeared in College English and Rhetorica and is forthcoming in an edited collection from Cambridge University Press. His book Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity was published by 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 13-pound batches of buttercream icing at his favorite bakery.