All Steamed Up (Streetlight Magazine)
Music Under a Tennessee Moon (Sasee)
A Future Imagined (The Little Patuxent Review)
Nashville Lights (The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review)
Finding the Right Key (Skirt!)
Practice (Red Ochre Lit)
12 Reasons Live Music will Make You a Better Musician (Making Music Magazine)
Opening a Closed Book (Poor Yorick Journal)
Powers of Two (Switchgrass Review)
A Father's Spring (Prairie Wolf Press)
The Last Day (Spry Literary Journal)
Dead Bodies (The Stylus)
Being Whole (The Hook)
Shaken Ground (The Hook)
Everything's in Color (Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review)
Becoming Human (Sanctuary anthology)
The Immortal Years (Richmond Times Dispatch)
The Cost of Jury Duty (Richmond Times Dispatch)
Broken Bones (More.com)
Home and City
Brick by Brick (Green Prints, Greenwoman)
Best not to Know (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The Bouquet (Red Ochre Lit)
"'Being Whole' gave me chills and goose bumps. It’s a magnificent essay.”
Hawes Spencer, editor, The Hook
"Opening a Closed Book" is an "amazing piece. I got goosebumps reading it again."
Melissa Johnson, editor-in-chief, Poor Yorick
"‘Buried Treasure’ is such a soft gentle breeze that just pulls you along wondering what’s next."
Ken S., editor, Spank the Carp
"Finite is a wonderful compilation. It's beautifully written, personal, and Gayla has done a magnificent job crafting interesting narratives… I'm thrilled that she submitted this script to us."
Mimi Ferebee, editor-in-chief, Red Ochre Press
"Finite is beautiful. Gayla’s work is moving but not manipulative. This is exemplified in the essay 'Falling' -- figuring out how many autumns you might have, but still fully feeling the now and your place in it. Gayla reminds us of what is good in life, what we must savor, even as we deal with loss and unsettling change."
Elizabeth Sheehan, former director, Partners in the Arts
"There is nothing finite about the essays in Gayla’s collection. Like the buffet in the initial essay, the pieces offer a richness of choices, each opening out from the specific details she evokes so precisely to the infinite associations the reader makes with her images and ideas."
Charlotte Morgan, author of One August Day and Protecting Elvis