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For more than four decades, I have made a living as a writer, editor and photographer. Prior training for this career included working as a dogcatcher, sweeping up severed chicken feet at a processing plant, showing Black exploitation films as a movie projectionist, operating a bottle washer at a soda factory, delivering pizzas and slinging steaks. I am adaptable.

I made a decent living in the newspaper business for a long time, but that chapter is now closed — or at least I think so. You never know. Now I am offering my services as a writer and photographer, editor and designer. Besides the work you see on this site, I have written several pieces for World Wildlife magazine in the past few years on climate change and sustainable forestry and currently freelance for Texas Highways magazine. Past work includes a piece on the space shuttle Columbia’s tragic disaster for Texas Monthly and a piece on coal-fired plants for Texas Observer.  And I wrote for Airstream Life for a time. Really.

I have published four books, all for sale on this site under the “books” button. My fifth book, a collaboration with photographer O. Rufus Lovett, will be published in April 2021 (delayed due to the pandemic: @longviewtx150 is a profile of 150 of Longview’s citizens from all walks of life in celebration of the city’s sesquicentennial. There will also be an exhibit at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts. I am available for copy-editing, freelance writing, ghost writing of that memoir you always wanted to publish, and photography. Except I don’t do weddings. Life is too short.

Email me at garyborders@gmail.com for more information. I will continue to indulge in a weekly column posted here every Friday, a bad habit I picked up more than 38 years ago. I haven’t missed a week since. Wish I could say the same about my church attendance.

You can also catch me on Red River Radio, the NPR network for Western Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas at 7:45 a.m. every Friday, (89.9 FM in the Longview area, and 88.9 in Lufkin-Nacogdoches) or 24/7 at redriverradio.org. And I’m on Twitter, though not as often as I should be: @garyborders.

See y’all in the funny papers, and please visit often.




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  • Pam Clasquin


    Love your new website....Great job.

    • admin


      Thanks, Pam. I'm excited about having a lot more versatility on offering up content than before. Best, gb

  • Gregg Borders


    Gary, New site looks great! Good job! Little Brother Gregg

    • admin


      Thanks, bro. Getting hammered by spam for some reason. About 90 comments today, roughly 20 legitimate.

  • Gail Davis


    Hi Gary! I really like your new web site! I'm enjoying all of your columns!! Keep up the good work! love, Aunt Gail

    • admin


      Thanks, Aunt Gail. I'm happy with the site and looking forward to adding even more content. Love, Gary

  • Kevan Kerns


    I like the new website. Always look forward to the columns and have for many years.

    • admin


      Thanks, Kevan. Hope you're doing well. I appreciate your loyalty and kind words. Best, gb

  • Tonya


    I love your website and your columns!

    • admin


      Thanks, Tonya. Hope all is well with you. Best, gb

  • Craig


    Congratulations on your new position at Kilgore College. As a former member of the Flare staff, I can assure you that you are inheriting a great program created by an outstanding person. I'm sure you will enjoy working with the students, staff and administration. Once again, congratulations and I wish you the best of luck with your new position.

    • admin


      Thanks for the kind words, Craig. Sorry for the delay in replying. I didn't see your comment on the "About" section of the blog. I am well aware I have big shoes to fill and will certainly do my best to uphold a fine tradition. Take care and hope to see you at the alumni luncheon in September. Best, Gary B.

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