My name is Greg Cielec and I am a Cleveland based free lance writer and micro publisher. I am the author of the novels MY CLEVELAND STORY, A POEM ON A BARROOM WALL and the novella HOME AND AWAY GAMES. Over the years I have been a monthly columnist for the Orange and Brown Review, a Cleveland Browns fan magazine; spent time as a music journalist, reviewing CDs and covering shows for several publications and websites including www.coolcleveland.com, Jazz and Blues Report, The Nooz, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer; and have written for a variety of other publications and websites. I have also been involved in the publishing of a dozen books, as an editor, proofreader, or ghost writer.
As a music writer I wrote the liner notes for the Colin Dussault Blues Project CD “Live at the Main Street Cafe”; wrote a biography of Blues Diva Kristine Jackson for her website; and edited the liner notes for the CD release of the four McGuffey Lanes albums that were originally released on Atlantic Records in the 1980s. I have also written play reviews for productions at the Cleveland Playhouse and the Great Lakes Theater Festival.
MY CLEVELAND STORY (1998), my first novel, sold close to four thousand copies in hardback, and got great reviews (The Plain Dealer’s Michael Heaton called me “Cleveland’s Mark Twain”). HOME AND AWAY GAMES, a novella, came out to equally good reviews in 2007. A POEM ON A BAR ROOM WALL came out in 2015 and was picked as one of the fifty best books of the year by the Akron Beacon Journal.
I am currently the Academic Advisor for Athletes, Assistant Football Coach, and English Professor at St. Thomas University in Miami Lakes, Florida. I have taught and coached at a variety of high schools and colleges over the years.
I am a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Cleveland State University. Over the years I have participated in four National Endowment for the Humanities seminars and workshops, studying the literature and history of the Great Plains at North Dakota State University; the life of Henry Ford and the Rogue Auto Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, at Henry Ford Community College; the design and history of the art deco hotels of Miami Beach, Florida, at the Wolfsonian Museum and Florida International University; and southern culture, the history of the blues and civil rights at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
I am very proud of the fact former students of mine have nominated me for Who’s Who in American Teachers four times since 1991. I have also made Who’s Who in America in every year from 2006 to 2021.
Along with my old friend Dave Hostetler, I have a micro publishing house called PINK FLAMINGO PRESS AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS. Not only do we publish our own works, but quality efforts by others. Amongst our recent publications are THE BROWN JUG COOKBOOK; Al Roop’s musical memoir VIEW FROM THE BACK OF THE STAGE; A book of original poetry written by the men of the 2300 Lakeside Homeless Shelter; and the first novel by my old college friend William Bruce Graham. If you got a project you have been thinking about doing and you need some help getting it off the ground, why don’t you contact Dave or I to get it going. We are always looking for new things to work on.