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 in edited collections from Cambridge University Press and Southern Illinois University Press. His book Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity was published by InterVarsity Press in August 2017. A second book, No Longer Strangers: Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation, is forthcoming in February 2021.
Greg is a frequent collaborator with organizations like Revoice and The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. When he isn’t writing or speaking, he can usually be found playing piano at a local church, dabbling in songwriting, jogging, or baking homemade granola.