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.