Author Biography

Garry Wallace has a Master of Arts in Zoology from the University of Montana and a Master in Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing and Literature from Bennington College. He has been a member of the Biology Department at Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming, since 1987. After earning the M.F.A. in 2001, Introduction to Composition became a regular part of his teaching load. He says, “Teaching writing is a lot different than teaching biology. Biology is more didactic and requires a highly technical vocabulary. I see it as a left-brain discipline. English, although didactic in its own right, is less formal and requires more right-brain ways of problem solving. After six years, I’m beginning to get the hang of it.”

Personal Essay and Science Publications:

  • Meeting McCarthy
    1992 The Southern Quarterly
  • Three Old Sheds
    1998 Owen Wister Review
  • Making Hay
  • Teaching a Bird to Fly
    2000 Hard Ground
  • An Ultimate West
    2000 Owen Wister Review
  • Massage
    2001 The Bennington Review
  • Among Brothers
    2001 Hard Ground
    Confessions of a Crossbow Hunter
    2001 Owen Wister Review
  • Rain Forest Rain
    2002 Dense Growth
  • Kane Cemetery
    2002 Owen Wister Review
  • Both Sides of the Border
    2002 Dry Ground
  • Wild Asparagus
    2002 Hard Ground
  • This Ubiquitous Dust
    2003 Owen Wister Review
  • Online article in ReadTheWest
  • The Scent of Russian Olive
    2005 Owen Wister Review
  • The Big Table Club
    2006 Owen Wister Review
  • Urea Hydrolysis in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
    1982 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology
  • The Effects of Food and Water Deprivation in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
    1992 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology


  • Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition (Essay Category) each year from 1997 to 2006. In 1997 Garry Wallace took Second Place, and in 1999 he tied for Second Place.
  • Honorable Mention in New Millennium Writings Awards VI and VII for Nonfiction.
  • Honorable Mention for Creative Nonfiction in the Wyoming Arts Literary Fellowship Awards for the year 2005.
  • Second Place in the 2004 Hard Ground writing competition.
  • Notable Essay of the Year for the years 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2005 as cited in The Best American Essays.

Garry Wallace's Top 10 Favorite Books:

  • Goodbye to a River
    by John Graves
  • Gathering Evidence
    by Thomas Bernhard
  • Crime and Punishment
    by Dostoevsky
  • The Crossing
    by Cormac McCarthy
  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections
    by Carl G. Jung
  • Confessions of a Philosopher
    by Bryan Magee
  • Lila
    by Robert M. Pirsig
  • Waiting for the Barbarians
    by J.M. Coetzee
  • Speak, Memory
    by Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Beautiful Mind
    by Sylvia Nasar

Copyright 2006 Garry Wallace
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