Katrina Gray

Location Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation yes
Website http://www.katrinagray.com , www.atticusreview.org

About Me

I dig: James Joyce, Tom Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, birth stories, midwifery, Waldorf schools, the paranormal, sharks, Canada, pugs, hibiscus bushes, Teavana, Saabs, Macs, Feist, the OED, rain, and quiet.

I'm married to John Minichillo, and we have a son.

I'm the editor-in-chief of Atticus Review (www.atticusreview.org).

Why do you write?

Creativity fuel = witnessing people/animals/plants transcend their given circumstances; anything heartbreaking or serendipitous; wit; a fire inside.

Writing reasons = trying to make sense of all of the above.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Tom Robbins, James Joyce, Thomas Pynchon, Thomas Mann, Susan Minot, Jeanette Winterson, Mary Gaitskill, Alifa Rifaat, Naguib Mahfouz, Richard Brautigan, Paul Bowles, Jane Bowles, Alfred Chester, Leonard Cohen, Helene Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Arnold Lobel, John Minichillo

Katrina Gray's Wall

Marcus Speh – Sep 06, 2011

thanks for coming out of the attic, katrina, and thank you for having me over at atticus review...

M – Nov 08, 2010

Katrina: Thank you for your generous remark about splicing. I look forward to reading your work. -- Q

Julie Innis – Oct 27, 2010

Katrina -- xoxo, fo' reals.

Sara – Oct 26, 2010

Hi Katrina, Thank you so much for your warm note. Love Paul & Jane (that Jane, boy, I try to reread Two Serious Ladies every year.)

Jack Swenson – Oct 14, 2010

Katrina, thanks so much for the kind words about my post 9/11 story.

Meg Pokrass – Oct 13, 2010

when freewriting it is important to write absolute bullshit. that means, you are not supposed to assume anything good comes of it. the whole thing is to lower your standards! Then if you get even one or two sentences out of it, take it from there!

Meg Pokrass – Apr 25, 2010

thank you for your kind words about "Lost".

Meg Pokrass – Apr 25, 2010

thank you for your kind words about "Lost".

Foster Trecost – Apr 06, 2010

Hi Katrina, thanks for reading Eight States Away, glad you liked it. i can't believe something like this happened to someone you knew! foster.

Finnegan Flawnt – Apr 06, 2010

katrina, thanks also for reading "don't rub me out now". did you take a look at jim's work, like http://bit.ly/bZpqYu - this is good stuff. otherwise i dare say you'll rather write my eulogy - though i don't feel old on this particular day (10 yrs younger in fact without the facial hair!) i don't think i'll outlast you. giacomo & john will be grateful!

Meg Pokrass – Apr 06, 2010

Thank you so much for your kind words about Villa Monterey Apt.,Burbank!

Finnegan Flawnt – Apr 06, 2010

katrina, thanks for filtering out my "flatulence", reading commenting and faving it. on an unrelated note, ms flawnt and i are also into waldorf schools and little miss flawnt attends one (complete with sheep in the innermost city backyard).

Foster Trecost – Mar 02, 2010

Hi Katrina, thanks for your comments on A Life Twice Told - glad you liked it.

Christian Bell – Feb 28, 2010

Katrina, thanks for reading and commenting on "The Common Cold"!

Matt Dennison – Feb 28, 2010

Thanks for your nice response to "The Boy by the River Told," Katrina.

I DO appreciate it!

Julie Innis – Feb 27, 2010

ditto on my last post here x 3!

Julie Innis – Feb 22, 2010

thank you thank you thank you! very glad the piece worked for you!

sara t. – Feb 16, 2010

Katrina, thanx for reading and commenting on "the spaces between words".

Jon Davies – Feb 15, 2010

"Coming from me"? Surely, you flatter me. Yeah, last lines are what I often manage never to get right on my stories either. "Peach" strikes just the right cord, sending shivers down the spine.

Matt Dennison – Feb 15, 2010

"Nearly spat out coffee several times. Good coffee, at that."

Hopefully not Cafe Bustelo! Be a sin to waste it.

ChrisTopher Meidl – Feb 15, 2010

Thanks, K! Much obliged for your help and kind words. I hope it's tighter. I had good professors! ;)

Finnegan Flawnt – Feb 15, 2010

thank you for your kind comment and that fav my dear...let your elusive hubby know i loved his "love koan"... and since i'm over-e-xhausted i will take a ramadan from fnaut, facebook and all those marvelous distractions for a week (ms flawnt wonders if i will make it and if people say nice things to me i might fold) ... couldnt find a valentine from you otherwise i'd have devoured it with glad glee!

Kevin Myrick – Feb 11, 2010

Katrina: I think if Fictionaut doesn't have one already, it needs a southern writers group of some sort. Transplant Yankees wouldn't count, and being a Faulkner fan would be mandatory. Just a funny thought.

James Robison – Feb 02, 2010

Well,I was joking, as were you, at first, but maybe we're onto something about the whole process.

James Robison – Feb 02, 2010

Your comment about my story was the hands down coolest I've ever read. About any story. By anybody.
"Why do we write?"
"Well, at day's end, turns out it's this S&M deal..."

Finnegan Flawnt – Jan 24, 2010

alas, there can be only one flawnt and only one flawntwalk. you could have a gray-zone though?

Jarrid Deaton – Jan 20, 2010


Just wanted to thank you again for the awesome comment on "...An Nail" and the fav. Rock and roll.

Sara – Jan 19, 2010

Katrina, thanks so much for reading my story. I really appreciate your thoughts, Sara

Nora Nadjarian – Dec 24, 2009

hi katrina. thanks for commenting on Mother Tongue... much appreciated

Larry Strattner – Dec 11, 2009

Thanks for the fav. I go for laughs - rarely get faves. For every one I paste a little gold star on my forehead. You made my day!

Sam Rasnake – Dec 10, 2009

Thanks for the note, Katrina. Big yes to Written on the Body. That's one of the best novels that could possibly be written. Such a great approach to character - and to story in that book. Winterson's essays are marvelous as well.

Gary Percesepe – Nov 17, 2009


geez, i love that name.

did i tell you that i found a way to work Giacometti into my novel? Palace at 4 am

Brent Robison – Oct 26, 2009

Hi Katrina--
I spend almost zero time on this site; it has never quite clicked for me. But I just read your newish stories and re-read your older ones. You have a real talent for empathic habitation of an imagined soul... using truthful details closely observed, making a unique voice with the quirky turn of phrase... I think Twine is my favorite, so oblique.
And correct me if I'm wrong, but not many others besides us cite Brautigan as a favorite. "1/3, 1/3, 1/3" -- one of the greatest stories ever.
Best, B.

Tia Prouhet – Oct 14, 2009

Goodness. Thanks for the kind words. I always wonder about the content warning on my blog-- I didn't put it there. Perhaps I'm just that offensive. Ha.

Hobie Anthony – Oct 14, 2009

Thanks for commenting! I, too, listed Tom Robbins - I really dig his imaginative approach.

John Minichillo – Oct 03, 2009

One of those authors really doesn't belong with the rest ;)

just sayin.

Thanks though.

See ya – Sep 24, 2009

What the fuck! . . . I love it. A most righteous compliment. The best really. Thanks for reading the old Loretta story.

darryl salach – Sep 15, 2009

Nice to meet you as well, Katrina!

Tania Hershman – Sep 07, 2009

Hi Katrina,
thanks so much for your comments on Missy. Good to meet you!


David Erlewine – Sep 02, 2009

Hi Katrina, thanks so much for your kind words/fave of "Not Really". I love reading your work. Good luck in the NPR contest!

Kathy Fish – Sep 02, 2009

And thank you for reading Authentic Smorgasbord Dinner, Katrina. I look forward to reading more of your stories...

Lauren Becker – Aug 31, 2009

Hi Katrina:

Thanks for the nice comment on The Hamburger Story! I loved your NPR nurse story -- really beautifully done.

Oh, yes. Tom Robbins. Yay! Villa Incognito -- love that one!

(Sorry for the name-shortening in my comment. Confused you with another Katrina!)

Take care.


Darryl Price – Apr 23, 2009

Hi Katrina--we miss you here--come on out and play. We like the game better with you in it.Hope you and yours are doing fine.

David Erlewine – Mar 11, 2009

Hola, Katrina, thanks for faving A Baby. Hope this finds you well. Best, David

Darryl Price – Mar 04, 2009

Hi Katrina-- just wishing you and your family a very wonderful spring to come. As always I look forward to reading your new stuff and sharing mine with you.

David Erlewine – Feb 09, 2009

Thank you so much, Katrina, for your kind words about "Not Really". That last paragraph is one of my favorite writing moments (I think I have two).

Corey Zeller – Feb 09, 2009


Thanks for the kind words about the baby. He's beautiful.

I hope you're doing well and that you and your baby are happy.

Much love,

Noria Jablonski – Feb 07, 2009

I have a huge literary crush on Jane Bowles. Reading her (sadly, short-ish) body of work was very freeing for me in terms of my writing. I felt like she gave me permission to reclaim adverbs, which many writers seem to frown upon (I guess verbs are supposed to do all the work--I'm all for economy, but where's the fun in that?).

Brent Robison – Feb 04, 2009

Katrina, thank you for your kind words. As for publishers being awake, well....

I thought "Apple" was wonderful, both sweet and horrifying, and full of heart. Glad to know you!


Corey Zeller – Nov 05, 2008


Thanks for the beautiful email you sent me! I've wanted to tell you thanks ever since you sent it but I coudln't find the words to express my thanks.

Thank you,

Corey Zeller – Oct 26, 2008

I was just thinking about "Still Life With Woodpecker" before I went to sleep the other night. I remember reading it in highschooland loving it.

My girlfriend wants to have a home birth. We're seeing a med-wife right now though. Maybe you might have some good tips for me.

I hope you're well.


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