Lawrence A. De Graw
Lawrence and Blanca De Graw
Lawrence De Graw, born in 1948 in New York, entered military service in late 1967 and spent six years in the U.S. Army, serving honorably as part of the Military Police Corps and at USAMEDC in Camp Kue, Okinawa. In this capacity, he had the unique opportunity of visiting several countries in the Far East, and a total of forty-four (44) states. He spent a total of some (55) months overseas, with (13) months served in South Korea and (42) consecutive months on the island of Okinawa.
Upon his return to the U.S., Mr. De Graw matriculated into an East Asian Studies Linguistics program (Nipponology) at Manhattanville College, in Purchase, New York. From there, he launched a rewarding career in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry with the IBM Corporation, directly out of college. When not pursuing his creative writing objectives, he has had assignments as a Senior Project Technical Writer at Shearson Lehman Hutton, the Office of the Mayor, Sirius Satellite Radio, Citigroup, and HSBC bank. Mr. De Graw now makes his home in Ocala, Florida, where he enjoys a wonderful family life with his wife of one year -- and spends much time with Shakespeare, and “romping” with the seven (7) family dogs.
In addition to the current “Call To Quarters” anthology—from which several of the poems displayed on his IWVPA index have been extracted, Mr. De Graw is also the author of a 635-page technical reference piece entitled, SECRETS TO EFFECTIVE TECHNICAL WRITING: “TECHNICAL WRITING MADE EASY”… a high-level, cross-industry Corporate Solutions Paper targeted specifically at Senior and Junior Technical Writers. He has also the holder of twelve (12) Library of Congress literary copyrights, and is the author of “Red Seven Running”; a tale of military intrigue involving the theft on a new-generation MiG-37E Ferret stealth aircraft. His crowning masterpiece -- in deference to the doomed crew of the WWII B-17 Ten Horsepower, is the epic poem by the same title.