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Gordon Grice, American writer, educator. Recipient Best Nonfiction Book of Year award Los Angeles Times, 1998, Writer's award Whiting Foundation, 1999.


Grice grew up in rural Oklahoma, a setting that has figured in much of his writing.


He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BA in English and the University of Arkansas with an Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.


He has taught creative writing for California Institute of the Arts and the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. He is the author of two nonfiction books. The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators (1998) was listed among the Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Books of the Year and the New York Public Library's 25 Books to Remember for 1998.

Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals was published in 2010. Wall Street journal listed it among the "Five Best: Nature Books." Revised editions, retitled The Book of Deadly Animals appeared in 2011 (UK) and 2012 (US). Critic Mark Dery described his work thus: "Fascinated by the alien ways of the nonhuman world, Grice combines the sardonic deadpan of noir fiction with the best naturalists' unsentimental scrutiny of animal behavior and a rural midwesterner's applied knowledge of the predator-prey relationship.

A Jean-Henri Fabre for literati who drive pickups with rifle racks." Grice has also published poetry, fiction, essays, and articles. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, Discover, Popular Science, and others.


  • 1999 Whiting Award"The White Cat" (short story) chosen for Best of the 'Net 2006Finalist for the PEN Center West Book in research nonfiction for 1999.


Married Tracy Hiatt, November 25, 1987. Children: Parker, Beckett.

Tracy Hiatt

Parker Grice

Beckett Grice