Jack Andrew Urquhart was born in the deep American South. Following undergraduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville, he taught sixth grade and worked with gifted and talented students in Florida’s public schools. After doing time in a small privately-owned Colorado bank, he returned to the classroom to earn a Master of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the winner of the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Award for Fiction (1991). His work has appeared online at Clapboard House Literary Journal, Crazyhorse Literary Journal, and Standards: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies. He is the author of So They Say, a collection of self-contained, inter-connected stories, published in two volumes in e-book form. Formerly a writing instructor at the University of Colorado’s Writing Program, Mr. Urquhart was, until recently, a senior analyst for the Judicial Branch of California. The father of two adult children, he currently resides in central Florida with his life-partner, Raymond L. Boyington.
Mr. Urquhart can be followed on Twitter: @JackAUrquhart
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So They Say Collected Stories
In twenty-one stories, So They Say follows southern-born protagonist Rex Fordham, first as a sensitive outsider child, later as a sexually-repressed adult seeking his proper place in the world. Rex journeys from small-town life, to high school and college, onward into marriage, fatherhood, and the traumas and heartbreak of divorce—and finally, life as an out gay man.
Pas de Deux
Southern-Baptist-to-the-bone Inez Fordham confronts the troubling notion of non-traditional masculinity—and, peripherally, gay relationships. A meeting of mind and spirit forces Inez to see that beauty and difference do indeed dance together.
Set in 1990, “Big 4” tracks the early days of Rex’s new life in San Francisco and his budding relationship with larger than life real estate entrepreneur, Rand Osmond. The story, of the sometimes mercifully short jaunt between intense initial physical attraction and a connection more substantive, finds Rex happily poised to buy into an emotional, psychological commitment.
So They Say Stories Volume 2
The linked tales in volume 2 of Jack Andrew Urquhart’s short story collection, So They Say, complete the Bildungsroman of southern-born protagonist Rex Fordham. Spanning the late 1980s into the new century, the eleven stories find Rex, in middle age, confronting life as an out gay man.
The View from Trees
The View from Trees, a story of brotherly love, brings Rex and Marcia Fordham’s pre-adolescent twin sons, moody Alec and the risk-loving Peter, center stage. Maturing dangerously fast, the twins stand on the brink of discovering the truth of their father’s secret life—and their Grandfather’s sinister machinations.
How I Come to Know
Ten-year old Rex can’t contain his curiosity about grown-up ways. After stumbling upon his married aunt engaged in a backseat ‘wrestling match’ with a man not her husband, he innocently shares the information with another family member and quickly ‘comes to know’ that being too inquisitive can be downright risky, not to mention embarrassing.
So They Say Stories Volume 1
Volume 1 of Jack Andrew Urquhart’s serial story collection, So They Say, presents eleven stories featuring southern-born protagonist, Rex Fordham, whose notions of normalcy are at odds with fundamental truths both personal and universal. The stories span the 1950s through the 1980s.
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