Geoffrey Craig M.A. ’73, a Bloomfield, CT, resident and former investment banker, has published his first novel, Scudder’s Gorge.
Craig began writing in 2000 when a former girlfriend sent him poems satirizing the Florida election recount. They were funny and based on famous poems. Thinking that he could do the same, he wrote a poem based on “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” with a note saying that if Robert Frost could read it, he’d turn over in his grave. "She replied that I was clearly wasting my time as an investment banker and that if he could, Robert Frost would sit up in his coffin and applaud. So I began to write."
Craig’s fiction, poetry, and drama have appeared in numerous literary journals, including the New Plains Review, Calliope, Foliate Oak, Spring – the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society, and The MacGuffin. He has received two Pushcart Prize nominations.
He has also directed eight of his own plays. "I greatly enjoy, both as writer and director, the collaborative work of the theater. The playwright needs to be able to revise – and quickly – when the director and/or actors identify problems with the script. My style as a director mirrors the style I practiced as a manager in banking: listen to your staff and consider their ideas but make decisions when necessary. This give and take style generally produces the best results and makes the endeavor more fulfilling and enjoyable."
Much of Craig’s work relates to issues of our times and culture, including racism,
prejudice, climate change, and war.
"I’ve had an enormous amount of fun and derived tremendous satisfaction from this second career. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to keep working. It keeps my brain active. While I had a great time in banking, I would not have missed the second one for all the world."