After 30 years of being an accountant, in October 1997, Gross decided to change his career path and pursue a lifelong ambition of being a professional writer. Within only a few weeks, he sold an essay to the GLBT News, a monthly newspaper in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Thereafter, other publications started picking up his stories including CityBeat, an award winning alternative newsweekly in Cincinnati. In the spring of 1999, he became one of their regular contributing writers.
In the fall of 2003, Gross became a columnist. He writes and/or edits CityBeat’s “Living Out Loud” column. From 2008 through 2010, he was also a regular contributor to Streetvibes – a newspaper published twice a month by the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. Beginning in April of 2011, Gross also became a regular contributor to Article 25, a new alternative newspaper in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
In September of 2008, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized his work for “The Pretenders” – a cover story on the musical group, The Ohio Express which appeared in CityBeat. He was awarded the prize for excellence in journalism in arts and entertainment.
In September of 2009, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Gross another prize for excellence in journalism for his CityBeat column “Living Out Loud.”
From 2007 through 2009, Gross taught creative writing at the Recovery Center’s Writer’s Workshop in Cincinnati.
His news stories, essays and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. In November of 2005, his first book was published – “Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Stories.”
In 2006, Gross also wrote an “Amazon Short” for Amazon.com entitled “Charlie Gets Ready For Work” This still can be purchased through Amazon Kindle.
His second book, “Living Out Loud,” a collection of essays, mostly from the CityBeat column with some new material included, was released in June of 2009.
His first novel and third book, “The Hurricane Cafe,” has just been released.
Gross currently lives in Covington, Kentucky which is right across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio.
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