Richard Gilbert

About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation teacher and writer
Location Riner, Virginia, United States
Introduction I am author of SHEPHERD: A MEMOIR about dreams, loss, fatherhood, and operating a sheep farm for ten years in Appalachian Ohio. It was a 2015 Finalist for the Ohioana Book Award in Nonfiction. My essays have appeared in Brevity, Chautauqua, Fourth Genre, Orion, River Teeth, and Utne Reader. My blog Draft No. 4 is for readers, writers, and students of writing, with a special focus on creative nonfiction.
Interests Writing, essays, narrative nonfiction, memoir, literary journalism, The New Yorker, fiction, spirituality, Buddhism, Jack Russell terriers, Labrador retrivers, Border collies, chickens, sheep and cattle, grass farming, sustainable agriculture.
Favorite Movies Synecdoche New York, The Big Lebowski, The Darjeeling Ltd., Wonder Boys, Fried Green Tomatoes, Amelie, Blue Velvet, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Moonrise Kingdom
Favorite Music Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Paul Thorn, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, The Avett Brothers
Favorite Books A Room of One's Own, To the Lighthouse, For the Time Being, Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, Moby-Dick, Letters to a Young Poet, A New Earth, Name All the Animals, Lit, Freedom, Ordinary People, Walden