Writer | Author | Naturalist | Photographer
John Gifford is a freelance writer based in Oklahoma City. He began his writing career in 1997, drafting executive speeches and communications, and has since served as a business and sports reporter, and as a corporate writer producing a range of deliverables, including B2B and B2C advertising and marketing collateral, corporate position statements, case studies, executive and shareholder communications, corporate reports and white papers, strategic proposals and more.
Gifford's essays and reporting have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Atlantic, Southwest Review, The Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News & World Report, American Forests, Bird Watcher's Digest, and elsewhere. He's also an accomplished photographer, having worked in Southern California, northern Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, Mexico, and Italy. His images have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books, and journals.
In addition to street and landscape photography, Gifford's interests include classic jazz, food and wine, birdwatching, and fly fishing, a sport he has pursued in Europe, the Caribbean, and across the United States, from California to the Carolinas, and throughout all of Florida, from Pensacola and Jacksonville to Islamorada and Key West. His writings on angling have appeared in American Angler, Fly Fish America, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, and Saltwater Fly Fishing, among other outlets.
Gifford holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma, where he received the Goldia Cooksey Memorial Award for creative writing, and an MFA from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he won the Ernest Hemingway Fiction Award. His books include the angling guide, Oklahoma Sportfishing, two collections of short fiction--Wish You Were Here and The Sharks of Al Jubail--and a forthcoming essay collection, Where East Meets West.