John Gifford

Oklahoma City, OK

John Gifford

Writer | Essayist | Naturalist



The Sharks of Al Jubail

The nine stories in The Sharks of Al Jubail celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and explore the value of freedom and the meaning of identity. In "What Money Won't Buy," a college dropout comes to understand the significance of his own name, and the protagonist in "Something to Hold On To" has a chance encounter with a family friend that inspires him to become the father he never had.
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Wish You Were Here

John Gifford's collection of short fiction, Wish You Were Here, reminds us that regardless of where we live and what we do, we’re more alike than different.
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Oklahoma Sportfishing

The first and best guide to fishing in Oklahoma, detailing more than 50 lake and stream destinations with profiles of 12 indigenous fish species.
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Small Stream Bass

A unique guidebook for America's largest population of fishermen.
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The Solace of Flowing Water

The thing about rivers is, they're consistent. They're predictable.
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Are Americans About to Go Nuts for Pecans?

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. One of the few tree nuts indigenous to North America, pecans are vitamin and mineral powerhouses, providing thiamine, folate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and zinc, while also containing cholesterol-lowering omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
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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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The Cross Timbers: The Ancient Forest at America’s Crossroads

Imagine for a moment that it is Autumn 1832. Imagine, too, that your name is Washington Irving.
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John Gifford

John Gifford is a 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.

His 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, and elsewhere.

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 creative-nonfiction title, Red Dirt Country.