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Gary Garvin

Gary Garvin

Portland, OR, US

 

About 

I am a writer and college English instructor with a lifelong interest in art and architecture. Many of my essays and short stories have appeared in print and online. I am currently at work on a collection of essays and my third novel, which will be set in the future. One of the issues I want to consider is how our forward looking and futuristic buildings now might appear then, what will take their place.

Architecture, like music, the visual arts, and literature, reveals the thought and temper of the times, and I see many parallels and diversions. I have begun reading more about architecture as well as started making models of well known buildings, such as the Bauhaus at Dessau. The models give me close hand experience of a building’s form, structure, and expression as well as provide springboards for reflection. I have also made some tentative efforts at designing buildings myself and have written about my ideas in their construction.

My models along with description and thought can be found at Under Construction.

Stories, essays, and novels can be found at Fictions.

 

Building Projects (rough)

Multiple Use College Center

Writing Center

Cultural Center

These are first efforts and I'm learning. I welcome critiques.

 

Models

The Bauhaus at Dessau: S/M/L

Pruitt-Igoe

 

Publications

Short Stories

"Portland," Numéro Cinq, July 2017

“In the Garden,” Numéro Cinq, Vol. VI, No. 3 (March 2015)

“Mikrokosmos,” Numéro Cinq, Vol. I, No. 6 (July 2010)

“Pillar of Salt,”  The South Carolina Review, 32, No. 2 (Spring 2000)

“Willy,” The Crescent Review, 16, No. 2

“Nocturne,” New Novel Review, 4.1 (Fall 1996)

“The Clinic,” Confrontation, 48/49 (Spring/summer 1992)

“At the Welfare Office,”  the minnesota review, 26 (Spring 1986)

 

Essays

"Heart of Darkness," Numéro Cinq, January 2017

"Housing for the Rest of Us, A Non-Manifesto," Numéro Cinq, October 2016

"Completing the Mies van der Rohe Brick Country House, An Odyssey," Numéro Cinq, May 2016

"Hamlet," TriQuarterly, Winter/Spring 2016 (Issue 149)

"Autumn Rhythm," Conjunctions, November 17 2015

"Paris in Black in White / 1973-74," Numéro Cinq, November 2015

“Above the Roofs of Paris, a Non-Memoir,” Fourth Genre, (17:1, Spring 2015)

“Ridin’ the Rail: On the Ending of Huckleberry Finn,” Numéro Cinq, Vol. II, No. 2 (February 2011)

“The View from the Masthead: Moby Dick Cut in Half,” Numéro Cinq, Vol. 1, No. 3 (April 2010)

“Man in the Holocene: Point of View/point of view/Max Frisch,” Numéro Cinq, Vol. 1, No. 7 (August 2010)

"Gloriously Pointless," Numéro Cinq, Vol. 1, No. 2 (March 2010)

 

Quick Takes

A series of blog posts on a variety of subjects, including architecture, that combine text and images, found here at Numéro Cinq.

Gary's Featured Articles on Archinect

Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House, Fri, Aug 7 '15

There are small problems that vex as much as they intrigue us, whose answers only lead to larger questions.

Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House
 

Employment 

De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, US, English Instructor

Teach composition, reading, critical thinking and research, introduction to literature.

Apr 1998 - current
 

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, US, English Instructor

Taught composition, critical thinking and research, guided writing, studies in American Literature, introduction to fiction, introduction to fiction writing.

Sep 1987 - May 1999
 

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, US, English Instructor

Taught composition and research.

Sep 1997 - Mar 1998
 

California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA, US, English Instructor

Taught composition.

Jan 1986 - Apr 1987
 

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA, US, Core Course Instructor

Taught general course on writing and the humanities.

Sep 1986 - Dec 1986
 

University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, US, Museum Preparator

Worked on lighting and installation of contemporary art exhibitions.

Jan 1979 - Jun 1982
 

Education 

Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT, US, MFA

MFA in creative writing

Creative writing thesis: a book length collection of short stories and novellas. Critical thesis: point of view in Max Frisch’s novel Man in the Holocene.

Jan 1995 - Jul 1998
 

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Masters, English

Creative writing thesis: short stories and critical analysis. General literature. Concentrated in modern fiction and creative writing.

Sep 1980 - Jun 1983
 

Davidson College, Davidson, NC, US, Bachelors, English

Center for Honors Studies. Graduated cum laude. Majored in English, with concentrations in art, art studio, and philosophy.

Sep 1970 - Jun 1975
 

Areas of Specialization