Fifteen years ago, Gary's life unfolded in such a way that he wound up becoming a writer. Before that, he spent a decade in college, resulting in two pieces of paper: a B.A. in Music with concentration in composition and electro-acoustics; and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a combo of music theory, new media art, and creative writing. At San Jose State University (SJSU), he studied with a triumvirate of troublemakers: Allen Strange, Joel Slayton and Rudy Rucker.
During those years, he explored every creative discipline he could find: Music, dance, theater, computer graphics and extreme noise/free improv/sound/performance art/Dada/psychogenic instrumentalism. He also worked and traveled for The International Computer Music Association, which was then based at SJSU.
All of those activities collectively imploded at the end of 1999, so he rose from the ashes, gradually realizing that a natural way to utilize the zonked bouillabaisse of his life-experiences would be to write about it all. In short, writing/journalism chose Gary, not the other way around.
As a result, Gary is now an award-winning travel journalist with a music degree who publishes poetry, paints and exhibits photographs. As a scribe, he's published nearly 1000 works including travel essays, art and music criticism, profiles, business journalism, lifestyle articles and more. For 11 straight years he's penned a weekly newspaper column for Metro, San Jose's alt-weekly newspaper, an offbeat glimpse into the frontiers of the human condition in Silicon Valley. He is the author of The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy, (The History Press, 2015) and is currently a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at SJSU, his alma mater.