Author Grant Overstake has written two novels on important themes for young people. His premier novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, received widespread critical acclaim for its focus on grief and recovery from loss.
His highly anticipated second novel, The Real Education of TJ Crowley, focuses on race relations in the late 1960s, and will be published on November 5, 2018.
A transformational leader known for personal excellence and positive group outcomes, Wichita native and author Grant Overstake has enjoyed a distinguished career in a variety of leadership roles — in journalism, business, higher education, and the nonprofit sector.
Grant began his writing career at 18 years-old at his hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle. He went on to attend the University of Kansas School of Journalism, where he won the William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence in Newspaper Writing, considered the Pulitzer Prize for college journalists. At 24, he was a Staff Writer for one of the top “writer’s newspapers” The Miami Herald; and later edited and managed several award-winning Kansas newspapers.
Today, Grant shares his writing know-how and life experiences as a Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita, including co-leading a summer writing workshop for disadvantaged youth at Storytime Village. He also facilitates Artist’s Way creativity workshops and memoir writing classes for adults at various locations, including Watermark Books and Cafe in Wichita.
From 1990 to 2000, Grant served as a corps community director and officer/minister in the Salvation Army and was a pastor in the United Methodist Church.
As a former college and current masters All-American in track and field (decathlon), Grant was a volunteer assistant track coach at Wichita State University.
This past year, Grant was assistant middle school track coach at the The Independent School, where he’s also popular substitute teacher known by his students as “Mr. O”.
He enjoys singing bass with the acclaimed ARISE Ensemble, a multi-ethnic choir that sings and tells the stories behind historic negro spirituals.
Reach Grant through his contact page