Michael D. Gray will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Sewanee Radio Show this Saturday. Author, musician, and humorist, Gray first performed as a spoken word artist in 1984, presenting an original piece at the Knoxville Barbeque Contest. A year later he was invited to perform at Memphis in May International Festival. He has appeared at The Camp House, Wide Open Floor, the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild, the Mountain Festival, Audubon Acres, the Little Owl Festival, Ketner’s Mill Fair and on the air with WUTC. Gray’s works include the book Life; Through a Child’s Eyes and a collection of short stories and essays appearing in such publications as Trout Unlimited, Land of Waterfalls, Chattanooga Parent, and Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Five years ago, Gray began a production called Wordfest. It soon evolved into a monthly radio production called River City Sessions and included storytelling, songs, and poetry. The show went on the road last summer with a session at Roan Mountain State Park, followed by a show last month at Lula Lake on Lookout Mountain. “You might say we’re trying to escape the downtown heat of the summer,” Gray laughs. Gray’s Sewanee connections include being a mentor for Education for Ministry (EfM), and multiple relationships with local performers and writers. He says he has wanted to record a radio show in Sewanee for years. “With the School of Letters, the Summer Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival all presented here, Sewanee is a natural fit for our format.” You can buy tickets online now, or cash at the door.