Gina Loveless isn’t very good at writing about herself in third person, but oof — here we go! She fell in love with children’s books when she was eight and fell back in love with them when she was twenty-eight. In that 20 year gap, Gina tinkered with poetry, flash fiction, and memoir writing, and still loves all three, but none of them made her as happy as writing for kids. She also earned her BA in English from Duquesne University and then her MFA in Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts.
Gina’s mission as an author is to help all the weird kids of the world feel less alone. When she’s not writing or reading, Gina can be found boogying at concerts with her husband, tending to their awesome produce garden, or snuggling with her rescue dog Gerdie. (But Gerdie would tell you, “Dat’s out of order. I’m first in Momma’s heart.”)
Last, but not least, Gina is proudly represented by Alec Shane at Writers House.
6 Random Facts About Gina:
- She’s lived in every state that begins with a C. Now she lives in a state that begins with a P and a city that begins with a C!
- In 2008, Gina was part of a documentary crew that followed two motorcyclists traveling across the country on back roads. They made it through 17 states in 27 days. It was as crazy as it sounds. Here it is in all its glory!
- Also in 2008, Gina lived in Boulder, Colorado, where she went to Naropa University’s Summer Writing program in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and took classes lead by Beat Generation legend Anne Waldman, poetry legend Harryette Mullen, and New Narrative legend Dodie Bellamy. She also saw 311 and Snoop Dogg at Red Rocks Ampitheatre.
- In 2011, she purchased and then restored a Chandler & Price Pilot Press, which is a table top letterpress.
- A few years ago, Gina received an arts grant to yarn bomb a local music festival. With the help of friends and family, they created over 40 pieces that were displayed across fields and hung from trees.
- 2013 was the first year Gina tried her hand at growing a produce garden. Everything died except the Swiss chard. Every year since, she’s grown a garden, getting her green thumb greener, and in 2019, she successfully grew: broccoli, purple cabbage, Brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens, three types of tomatoes, basil, yellow and red bell peppers, parsley, eggplant, piu piu peppers, cayenne peppers, okra, habanero peppers, and tabasco peppers.