The Painted Ocean, Gabriel Packard's debut novel, was published in March 2016. Gabriel is the associate director of the Hunter College MFA Program. He has taught creative-writing seminars at universities throughout the U.S. and U.K., including Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Wellesley, U. Penn, Oxford and Cambridge, and his journalism has appeared in dozens of publications worldwide, including Poets & Writers, The Village Voice and New York Magazine.
Gabriel has worked as a researcher for the novelists E.L. Doctorow, Peter Carey and Jonathan Franzen. He was nominated for a New American Voices Award and is the recipient of a K. Blundell Trust Award from the British Academy of Authors, a Hertog Fellowship and the Miriam Weinberg Richter Award. He was also the editor of With a Little Help From Our Friends, an anthology of creative writing that contains work personally selected by thirty-six writers, including Salman Rushdie, Sharon Olds, Junot Diaz, Deborah Eisenberg and Michael Cunningham.
After graduating from Oxford University with a B.A. in English, Gabriel moved to New York City to work as a freelance reporter and editor. He published feature articles, interviews, and also a bi-weekly digest of news on Africa, primarily in newspapers and magazines serving African American, Latino/a, Caribbean and other diasporic community readerships, such as The New York Amsterdam News, The Haitian Times and The Michigan Citizen.