Ray was born in Canton, Ohio in 1952. He has been a naturalist, a science teacher and a park ranger. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is a former president of the Chattanooga Writers Guild, Chattanooga, TN
Ray authored “Nature’s Bookshelf” a regular column in The Hellbender Press of Knoxville, Tennessee for nearly two years. The profiles will be posted here along with other previously published work.
Ray's poem “Sign” first appeared in The Pittsburgh Quarterly
Ray's Poems “Sign”, “No Hair”, “Moonscape”, “North Chattanooga”, and “Dog Star – Isis” appeared in Presenting the Beatniks, an anthology of works read at the Second Beatnik Poetry Reading of the Trenton Arts Council (Trenton, Georgia)
Ray's Poem “Glen Falls Trail” won second place in the Tennessee Writers Alliance 2007 poetry contest and was published by the online literary magazine, www.vinestreetpress.com
Rays's Poem “Cranes” was first published in the Chattanooga Chat, newsletter of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society.
Ray's Poem “Reincarnation” was previously published in the Earth First! Journal under the nom de plume “Mockingbird.”