Gregory Firlotte -- a descendant of Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster -- was born and raised in Gardiner, Maine. He spent his youth reading books on history, travel, art and poetry at the historic 1881 brick-clad Gardiner Public Library and began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school.
Firlotte wrote prolifically in high school and received the Thomas Jefferson Freedom Prize at graduation exercises at Hall-Dale High School in Hallowell, Maine for his essay on freedom. Firlotte continued writing in college -- the University of Maine at Augusta -- and went on to have his first feature story on Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith published in the Maine Sunday Telegram in 1981. Later that year, Firlotte became the Arts and New Products Editor at Designers West Magazine in Los Angeles and has continued to write about design, architecture, art and personalities.
He is recognized as a design historian of the City of West Hollywood and has written a feature story on West Hollywood design for The Los Angeles Times which appeared in October 2017. His favorite subject for poetry is the region found in and around Gardiner, Hallowell and Central Coastal Maine with all its history, charm and fond childhood recollections -- as well as the seasons and the natural beauty found throughout New England.
In mid-2020, Firlotte will be releasing his first book of poetry based on New England themes.