Welcome to ItsPersonalPodcast hosted by Gary R. Gray Jr. Gary is a teacher in Manila (Philippines). He enjoys talking with anyone who is willing to listen and share their stories with him. On this podcast you will find a talk series from Gary in which he dives deep into his childhood and current life. He takes the time to dissect his decision making and "accomplishments" up until now, and if he is truly living a full life. On his second podcast series #ItsPersonal, Gary speaks with educators, authors, teachers, parents, people from all walks of life on who they are behind the computer. His mission is to speak with those from the Global Majority, and listen. He takes guest on a ride down memory lane, asking personal questions about identity and true meaning of life. It's not your typical pod. And don't expect professional editing. You can find Gary on all social media platforms @GaryRGrayJr
#ItsPersonal Podcast IV 113.Janae Marks on motherhood, friendships, NYC and pandemic writing
Janae Marks is the author of critically acclaimed middle grade novels, From the Desk of Zoe Washington and A Soft Place to Land, as well as the forthcoming novel On Air with Zoe Washington. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, and lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughter and miniature schnauzer named Cookie.
Janae chats about motherhood, writing/publishing during a pandemic, growing up in New York, and new books.
#ItsPersonal Podcast IV. 112.Jyoti Rajan Gopal talks new books, NYC, and family :-)
Jyoti Rajan Gopal is a writer, mom and Kindergarten teacher. Growing up, she lived in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, India and China. Twenty-eight years ago, she moved to New York and now lives in Yonkers in a quirky old Victorian, with her husband and two daughters. Her favorite place in the house is the wrap around porch where she loves to gather with family or friends, read, write and drink coffee.
Jyoti talks about her course with the Writing Barn (see link below), living in many different countries, family values, education, and new books! Jyoti, is such a treasure to the world. Listen to her share her story on Its Personal Podcast.
Writing Barn: https://thewritingbarn.com/class/perfecting-the-picture-book-i-with-jyoti-gopal/jyoti-6-week-class-graphics-square-3/
#ItsPersonal Podcast IV. 111. Jerome & Jarrett Pumphrey on writing journey, fatherhood and books!
Jarrett has been a storyteller most his life, both on his own and in collaboration with Jerome. While their earliest work remains locked in a drawer—the key long lost for good measure—their first co-authored book, Creepy Things Are Scaring Me, was published by HarperCollins in 2003.
Jerome is a designer, illustrator, and writer, originally from Houston, TX. He studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Austin and has worked as a technical writer, freelance graphic designer, and illustrator.
Together the brothers talk about growing up with influential parents, and 4 brothers. A busy house, made with a lot of love. We take a deep dive into fatherhood, and family traditions they try to continue now that they have their own families. And of course, we find out who is the favorite brother, and up and coming projects!
#ItsPersonal Podcast IV. 110. Tracy Badua on motherhood, Cali and first book!
Tracy Badua is a Filipino American author of books about young people with sunny hearts in a sometimes stormy world. According to her grandmother, Tracy inherited this love of the written word from her great-grandfather, a school teacher in the Philippines. To Tracy, this means writing is in her blood, and she continues this family tradition by telling stories with her own spin in an accessible, heartfelt way.
By day, she is an attorney who works in national housing policy and programs, and by night, she squeezes in writing, family and pup time, and bites of her secret stash of candy. School and work brought her from California to Washington, DC, and back, and she now lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, family, and photogenic Maltese.
On the podcast Tracy talks about motherhood, writing as an attorney vs middle grade, story building, and her first book (Freddie vs the Family Curse)
Buy Freddie vs The Family Curse: https://tracybadua.com/books/
#ItsPersonal Podcast IV. 109. Dane Liu on living in many places, being "goodenough" and new books!
Dane Liu believes in the power of stories to affirm, transport, and transform. Her debut for young readers FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS, FOREVER is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, an Indie Next Pick, and a Best Book of the Year from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Dane was born in China and moved to the US and Canada when she was a tween.
On this podcast, we chat with Dane about living in multiple places, growing up in an immigrant family, being "good enough, biking and her most recent book, Friends are Friends, Forever!
#ItsPersonal Podcast IV 108. Julian Randall (PART II)on his NEW essay collection and tornado runinng
Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Callaloo, BOAAT, and the Watering Hole. Julian is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Julian is the winner of the 2019 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle.
On this podcast (part 2 of 2) Julian talks about The Dead Don't Need Reminding (Essay Collection), running from a REAL tornado, the Chicago Bulls and their playoff hopes, and so much more!
Apologizes for the audio on my end. It is a little muffled during the conversation. I hope it does not ruin your experience listening to Julian and his story.
My ears are listening and my have been opened.
This podcast is excellent and am looking forward to the next part when it comes out. I knew that black people live in Canada, I know the stories or some of the stories of the slaves seeking asylum there but I was under the stupid assumption that race relations were better there than here in the US. I didn’t realize it was as segregated there today, as it is here. It was educational and looks like something I need to learn more about. Thanks for giving me a glimpse into that world and opening my eyes to my ignorance.
Thank you for that gift.
Thanks for sharing
Gary’s story reveals a lot about international teaching life. His voice is refreshing and earnest, mixing in the full range of life’s emotions: joy, shame, love, thoughtfulness...
I really enjoyed listening to these. Keep sharing your thoughts!
I’m so proud of my friend Gary Gray Jr. on his continued contribution to education and his ability to tell a story! And his insights are based on his experience and I will listen to anything he puts out.