John Gifford


Oklahoma City, Okla.

John Gifford

Oklahoma writer specializing in nature, place, and the environment



The solace of flowing water

In a world where so much of what we know and how we live is fleeting and ephemeral, it’s comforting to know that our natural waterways are secure in who and what they are. A corporate brand may change to suit the times or the strategy of the month or new leadership, but a creek or stream or river just does what it does, and it doesn’t care what you or I think about it.
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The Cross Timbers: The Ancient Forest at America’s Crossroads

Imagine for a moment it is Autumn 1832. Imagine, too, that your name is Washington Irving. You’re one of America’s most famous writers, and...
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Are Pecans the Next Superfood?

Though often associated with high-calorie holiday desserts and delectably sweet treats, pecans have distinguished themselves as not only a tantalizingly tasty nut, but also a surprisingly healthful food.
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How Millennials (Almost) Killed the Wine Cork

No one is completely sure who first came up with the idea for cork wine stoppers, though legend holds that it was the 17th-century monk Dom Pérignon. Perhaps he does deserve the credit; perhaps some other cellar master was the first to abandon convention and seal his glass wine bottles with cork stoppers over wooden plugs.
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John Gifford

John Gifford is an Oklahoma-based writer with a special interest in nature, place, and the environment. Gifford began his writing career in 1997, producing executive speeches and communications, and has since served as a business and sports reporter, and as a corporate writer whose deliverables have included B2B and B2C advertising and marketing collateral, brand journalism-style stories, corporate position statements, case studies, executive and shareholder communications, corporate reports and white papers, strategic proposals and more.

Gifford is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he received the Goldia Cooksey Memorial Award for creative writing, and he holds an MFA degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he won the Ernest Hemingway Fiction Award.

His books include the angling guide, Oklahoma Sportfishing, and a collection of short fiction, Wish You Were Here. Gifford's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News & World Report and elsewhere.