Greg is co-author of two books (The First Thirty, The Silhouette Man) & one workbook (A Place To Sit). The First Thirty was NSDLC Multicultural Relations Book of the Year. The Silhouette Man was honored in Canada as a book that celebrates the wisdom of grandparents. His next book, The Milkshake Man, is a picture book geared toward readers between kindergarten & 4th grade. He has done readings of a sneak peek draft of the story in front of audiences around the country. He has written guest columns & articles for publications in the USA, Canada & Africa. Click here for a sample. His poem, Legacy, is the basis of the Legacy poster. Greg has participated in a variety of ways in events related to Reading & Writing -- including speeches (i.e. Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, Self-Employments in the Arts Conference), on-stage interviews (i.e. Baltimore Book Festival), guest-hosting awards banquets (i.e. National Conference on Family Literacy), book readings (i.e. Readers Are Leaders) & book signings (i.e. Cape Town Book Fair).. SCROLL FOR NEXT PARAGRAPH
In some cases, he has been one of several presenters at an event. Others have included best-selling writers like Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point), Alice McDermott (Charming Billy), Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog), Peter Reynolds (The North Star), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles), Henry Winkler (Hank Zipzer) & Nobel Peace Prize honoree Elie Wiesel (Night). In some instances, he has been the guest speaker at events hosted by magazines (i.e. Business First's 40 under 40 awards luncheon). At times, he has served as Writer (or Scholar)-in-Residence &/or has been asked to lead a Young Writers Workshop at a school or for a program. In the latter case, he talks with the students about the responsibility we have as writers when covering other people's stories (or, from a student's perspective nowadays: the responsibility they have - and the impact they can have - when writing about other people online). For Greg, writing (& reading) has been a lifelong interest. As a high school student, he was one of the Editors for the school paper & Editor-in-Chief of the Literary Magazine. In college, he interned in the Press office of a U.S. Senator.