Greg Baysans

was born in Dickinson, ND (USA), June 23, 1958. In high school and college, he was a frequent stage actor and a member of the National Thespian Society.

In Minneapolis, MN, in 1983 he co-founded, along with Phil Willkie and Paul Emond, The James White Review (JWR), a gay men's literary quarterly. He was chief typesetter and designer of the review for the next many years and an editor until 1991. He and Willkie received the Lambda Literary Award for Publishers Service in 1990. They were editors for the short story collection The Gay Nineties (The Crossing Press, 1991), which featured stories that had previously appeared in the Review.

Baysans's poetry has appeared in the JWR, The Evergreen Chronicles, Northern Lit Quarterly, Coe Review, Oyez, The Evergreen Chronicles, and other small literary journals as well as in the Gival Press anthologies Poetic Voices Without Borders (2005) and Poetic Voices Without Borders (2)(2009).

For slightly over a year in the late 1980s, he was the cruciverbalist (one who constructs crossword puzzles) for (weekly) Outweek magazine, based in New York City, NY.

Greg wrote the critical biography of Beat poet Harold Norse which appears at He also had book reviews printed in Minneapolis Star/Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press/Dispatch in the mid 1980s.

Also a fan of Major League Baseball, he attended the home games during the 1991 post-season in Minneapolis when the Twins went from "worst to first". Also called "the Cinderella Series," that year's World Series was selected by Sports Illustrated as the best World Series ever.

A Mensa member, since 2004 he has been a spotlight operator, in Portland, OR, at Darcelle XV Showplace, the country's longest-running drag revue. He appeared as an (uncredited) extra in the motion picture, "Music Within" (2006) which starred Ron Livingston.