Katrina Gray is Editor-in-Chief of Atticus Review, a weekly online literary journal based in Washington, DC, for which she writes almost-weekly editorials. Her short stories have appeared in Necessary Fiction, JMWW, Women Writers: A Zine, FRiGG, The Northville Review, Emprise Review, BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), the Melville House Publishing blog, and other places.
She earned her Master of Arts in English at Belmont University, where she won the 2007 Department of English Graduate Writing Award for a conference-length post-structuralist feminist critical analysis of the feminine textual body in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Her thesis was a memoir of her birth experience with the midwives at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, which served as a response to “The Laugh of the Medusa,” in which Hélène Cixous implored women to “write the body.”
Her day job allows her to explore other non-literary interests: business analysis, innovative organizational leadership, and project management. She reads almost as many business books as literary fiction books, and—true to her Aquarian nature—is committed to cultivating a more humanistic corporate culture model marked by broad visionary thought, strengths-based management, personal introspection, creative solutions to difficult problems, positive psychology, common sense, fun, humor, and respect for and encouragement of individual personalities and work styles. Her past studies in neuro-linguistic programming and astrological timing (yes, really) inform this work and spice it up a little.
She is married to the writer and creative writing professor John Minichillo, and together they have a kind, brilliant, hilarious four-year-old son. They live with a schnauzer and two pugs in an urban homestead in Nashville, Tennessee, where—believe it or not—the pulse of the literary scene is beginning to rival that of the songwriting culture.
On her dance card in 2013: Family Herbalist Certification, beginning the process of earning her private pilot license, and finishing her satirical novel.