Gary R. Gray Jr. is a Black Canadian poet and educator who writes for young children (and sometimes adults).


Born and raised in Preston, Nova Scotia, Canada, Gray's love for literature stems from told and untold stories within his community. Gray found inspiration in spoken word to begin writing in high school during a writing workshop by poet and professor, Shauntay Grant. He did not read his first full novel until the age of 21.

Gray is the author of the upcoming title I'm From, illustrated by Oge Mora (Harper Collins/Balzer+Bray), 2023.