Gregory Marlow teaches animation at East Tennessee State University and is a contract animator for various animation and game studios. He also writes stories about robots, unicorns, and/or teleporters. His stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, PodCastle, and the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. He lives in East Tennessee with his lovely wife, Amanda, and adorable dog, Sadie.
Find out more about his work here: http://www.greganimates.com/
Greg shares a bit about his path to the Lindenwood MFA:
Forty-three-year-old Greg is an animator and an animation teacher at a university in Tennessee. Twelve-year-old Greg was a writer who asked for a Smith Corona electric typewriter for his birthday. I spent many years thinking writing was just a hobby, and hobbies were less important than careers. However, in 2018, I found Lindenwood’s MFA in Writing while searching for terminal degree options to advance my career in teaching.
I concocted a plan! I enrolled in Lindenwood’s online MFA program. I spent two years writing stories about robots and spaceships and dark magic that lives in the woods. I read graphic novels and Kurt Vonnegut and Harlan Ellison. I traded stories with other people who loved writing, and they helped me make my stories better. I made friends with people from all over the world who were different from me and just like me at the same time. At the end, I received an MFA that helped me secure an assistant professor position at my current university. It felt like I was pulling off a heist. I got an MFA in the thing I had always wanted to do. I did it without leaving my home or putting my career on pause. And I loved every minute of it.
A few years later, forty-three-year-old Greg listened to LeVar Burton read one of the stories he wrote and workshopped while at Lindenwood. Twelve-year-old Greg was there listening too. He heard the guy from Reading Rainbow.