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Gary Metras

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Gary Metras is the author of the poetry books: The Night Watches (Adastra Press 1981), Destiny’s Calendar (Samidat Press 1985), and Until There Is Nothing Left (Ridgeway Press 2003), along with eleven chapbooks, most recently Greatest Hits 1980-2006 (Pudding House 2007) and Francis d’Assisi 2008 (Finishing Line Press 2008), which was selected as one of the Massachusetts Center of the Book Poetry Books of the Year (2009). His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in such journals as The American Voice, Another Chicago Magazine, The Bellingham Review, The Boston Review of Books, California Quarterly, Connecticut Poetry Review, English Journal, Istanbul Literary Review (online) North Dakota Quarterly, The Pedestal (online), Poetry, Poetry East, Rosebud, Yankee and Tears in the Fence (UK), along with the recent anthologies Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost (Iowa), Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge (Grayson), Birth: A Literary Companion (Iowa), and Atomic Ghosts: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (Coffee House). Virginia Quarterly Review wrote of his long poem, Seagull Beach, He is the editor, publisher, and printer of Adastra Press, specializing in hand crafted chapbooks of poetry, which was profiled in the September 2008 issue of Poets & Writers magazine. In reviewing several Adastra titles. Metras holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Goddard College. He has worked as a store clerk, tobacco picker, short order cook, hod carrier, air traffic controller (U.S. Air Force), and bookstore manager. He taught high school English, was department coordinator, and is currently an adjunct professor of writing at Springfield College. He fly fishes the streams and rivers of western Massachusetts as often as possible.