About Mr. Greene

Mr. Greene poses with The Capital Weekly in Augusta, Maine several years ago.

 

Robert William Wright Greene was born in Clinton, S.C. in 1971 but his family soon moved to Maine. He spent most of his growing-up years in a wee farm town called Whitefield.

Greene graduated from Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine, in 1989. After taking a year off to “find himself” and sell stereos at a big retail chain, Greene became a freshman at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. He majored in political science, minored in nearly everything else, and graduated in 1994. While in college, Greene wrote for the student newspaper and was active in student government.  As a freshman and sophomore, Greene made plans to become a high school teacher. However, he put those plans on hold because he believed he’d be more effective as a teacher if he could prove the relevance of his discipline(s) by making a living at it (them).

Returning to Maine, Greene took a job driving a forklift and moving large boxes of candy at a distribution warehouse. Ten months after that, in March of 1995, Greene assisted in the launch of the Capital Weekly, a small newspaper covering the Kennebec Valley region.  His first career was born.

The next decade was filled with the Fourth Estate.  Greene worked at newspapers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and upstate New York.  His last newspaper gig was editing a motorcycle magazine called The Oxx.

Somewhere in there, Greene worked as trail staff for the Stephen L. French Forestry Camp. (Essentially it was a shortcut out of jail for young felons. Greene played the role of prison guard, mountain guide and general-ed teacher.) He also served as communications director of an Albany-based think tank, the Institute for Humanist Studies.

Nowadays, Greene works as an English teacher at Nashua South. His classes include sci-fi lit, journalism and creative writing.  He lives in Manchester with his wife, their 15-year-old son and two rather odd cats: Huzzah! and Jack. Greene is an MFA candidate in the fiction-writing program at Southern New Hampshire University.