About

Larry Gross suffered a heart attack and passed away in June of 2015 at the age of 61. This blog chronicles his thoughts, opinions and musings over the years and remains online in tribute to his memory.

Larry Gross was a freelance writer.

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 and in the fall of 2003, he also became a columnist for that publication. He wrote CityBeat’s “Living Out Loud” column for more than 10 years.

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 various publications. In November of 2005, he published his first book—“Signed, Sealed and Delivered,” a collection of short stories. In June of 2009, he released “Living out Loud,” a collection of essays mostly from his CityBeat column. Gross became a novelist in March of 2013 with the release of “The Hurricane Café.” “Vevay, Indiana,” a novella, was released in January of 2014. “Mishmash,” a collection of stories and essays and everything else in between, was released in the spring of 2015.

Originally from Vevay, Indiana, Gross lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for many years. He spent his final years right across the Ohio River in downtown Covington, Kentucky.

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4 comments on “About

  1. Larry, So far this is my second try. I’ve managed to shut one computer down at the Green Township Library. I’m sitting here with Jan as I now dictate for her. We just read “Knowing These People.” Thank you for mentioned my laughter. In fact, when I read what you wrote I laughed really loud in the library. My Dad used to laugh really loud and embarrass me and now I’m doing it myself but it feels good. Thanks for noticing.

    Janey

  2. Hey Larry, We all had such a good time that day. Let’s do it more often. I don’t know what else to say; I wish I could write like you!

    Jan

  3. I am viewing David 97 on Yahoo. I am also doing my own take on David as a dark hero, the man after God’s own heart. i need help and advice because this is my first screenplay.
    Stephen J Fernbach

  4. Thank you for your honest writing it gives me great joy and satisfaction when I read your writtings

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