Oregon Poetic Voices- Mark Gaffney
Mark Gaffney has always been a writer.
In high school writing came easily.
Later, while a student at Colorado State University
edited the school literary journal, Reach
, and wrote for the school newspaper, The Collegian.
After college, he
embarked on a medical career but this did not go well.
It only succeeded in bringing him back to writing.
In 1986, he
began work on his
first book, Dimona: The Third Temple
, published in 1989 (Amana Books), a pioneering study of Israel's nuclear weapons program.
For several years (1989-1993), Gaffney
did environmental work for the National Audubon Society
, mapping old growth forests in eastern Oregon.
In 2002, he
completed a first draft for a novel.
In 2004, he
published a scholarly book about Gnostic Christianity called Gnostic Secrets
of the Naassenes (Inner Traditions), which was a finalist for the 2004 Narcissus Book Award.
most recent book, The 9/11 Mystery Plane, was released in September 2008 (Trineday Press).
Gaffney's current writing goals are to publish a first volume of poems, a novel (in progress), and another book of non-fiction (also in progress).
For more about his
writing, please see the following websites: www.gnosticsecrets.com or www.the911mysteryplane.com.
Poetry has always been central to Mark Gaffney's
vocation as a writer.
Poetry is the wellspring of language.
Writers who ignore this run the risk of becoming stale or irrelevant.
It's why, each year, he
devotes a portion of his
time and energy to the goal of completing a first volume of poems.
In recent years, Gaffney's poetry has been posted at the Poet's basement at Counterpunch.org
, and at Lowbagger.org