John Gifford is an American writer and essayist. He's the author of Red Dirt Country, a natural-history title, and Pecan America, a volume of immersion reporting, both of which are forthcoming in 2019. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Southwest Review, The Saturday Evening Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic, Notre Dame Magazine, American Forests, and elsewhere.
A veteran writer, Gifford specializes in creative nonfiction. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and selected as "Notable" in The Best American Essays. He’s also a photographer whose work has appeared in magazines and journals across North America.
Gifford's background as a creative storyteller includes both editorial and corporate experience for such industries as travel & recreation, health care, human-resources outsourcing (PEO), and banking and finance. His deliverables range from B2B and B2C advertising and marketing collateral to brand journalism, case studies, corporate position statements, creative copywriting, personas, philanthropy messaging, radio advertisements, and more.
Gifford earned an MFA degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught master classes on creative writing at UCO, Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma City Literary Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Department of English, where he received the Goldia Cooksey Memorial Award for creative writing.
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