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Michael Gregory

Biography:

Michael Gregory was one of the founders of the Bisbee Poetry Festival and the founding director of the Central School Project, a cooperative community arts center, where for many years he hosted the Poets Voice reading series. His poems have appeared widely in periodicals and anthologies, and he is the author of several poetry books and chapbooks including, most recently, re Play (Pudding House, 2009) and Mr. America Drives His Car (forthcoming, Education in Reverse Press).

For many years an internationally-recognized toxics activist, he has authored numerous articles, papers and monographs on environmental politics, and well as being an active participant in development of such citizen right-to-know programs as the North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, The OECD PRTR Guide to Governments, and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. He holds an interdepartmental BA in History, English and Philosophy from the University of Toledo, an MA in English from Penn State, and has done post-graduate work at the University of California, Irvine and the UCLA Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology. Since 1971, he has lived off-grid in the high desert grassland of southeast Arizona, ten miles from the US-Mexico border, where he raises organic fruits and vegetables.

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