Gail Hosking was born on an army base and continued her childhood as a military brat, living in southern Germany for a good part. She attended Alfred University, holds an MFA from Bennington College, and taught at Rochester Institute of Technology for 15 years. Her books include the memoir Snake's Daughter: The Roads in and out of War (U of Iowa Press), The Tug, (poetry chapbook from Finishing Line Press) and a new book of poems Retrieval (Main Street Rag Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Post Road, River Teeth, Solstice, Reed Magazine, Upstreet, Lillith Magazine, Cream City Review, Passages North, Consequence Magazine and The Threepenny Review. Several pieces have been anthologized. The latest is in Proud to be: Writing By American Warriors from Southeast Missouri Press, 2019.
Her awards include the Kearse Distinguished Lecture Award at RIT; "most notable" in Best American Essays; a special mention in 2002 Pushcart Anthology; and writing residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio and Saltonstall. She's been a finalist in several contests.
She lives in Rochester, NY and continues to write, teach and edit. She's finished a memoir about her mother and a collection of lyrical essays. Working on getting them published.