Author Profile: Gay Degani


How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I loved to read and with the Whitman adapted versions of Five Little Peppers and How They Grew and Little Women rolling around in my fourth grade imagination, I knew I wanted to write books just like them. By fifth grade, I was penning a book about the Twellington triplets who loved to ice skate (the skating from Hans Brinker). Continue reading


By Gay Degani

Little brother Trev died at the clinic. Mom sprawled over his still-warm body. I know who did it. She told me no, but I run home, dig under the mattress for Dad’s nine and rage over to the avenue.

Hate this neighborhood. Hate gangstas. Living round the corner from poor black don’t work. Breathing hard. Bulge in my waistband digs ribs. Young Russell not on his corner. Continue reading