For thirty-seven years, Gary Lawless has co-owned Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick, Maine. In the early 1970s Gary Lawless lived as “poet’s apprentice” at the home of Gary Snyder, and then traveled with poet Nanao Sakaki. He has published 16 collections of poetry in the US and 5 collections in Italy (in Italian) He has been artist in residence at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, and for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, as well as for the Coastal Mountains Land trust and the Cathance River Preserve. He has read poems and lead workshops in Italy, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Turkey and Cuba. In Maine he has led long-term poetry workshops with Portland’s homeless community, at a center for adult artists with disabilities, and with a writing group of combat veterans. During the summer of 2015, Gary spent time as artist-in-residence at the Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport, Maine, creating poetry walks and an ongoing communal poetry project. To read more, visit http://mygrations.blogspot.com/.
Gary has lived on Damariscotta lake, near Camp Kieve, for thirty years.