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Gray Beltran

BeltranGray Beltran studied filmmaking and creative writing and spent a semester in Spain before graduating from UCI with a degree in
Literary Journalism in June 2009. His writing has been published
in the OC Weekly and the Orange County Register. He currently
works as the online content editor for an Irvine publications company.


Favorite destination: Madrid, Spain
Best read:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Most extreme lengths you've gone to for a story:
Spending a weekend in the Colorado Desert, photographing dead fish and flooded homes.
The story behind the story:
I became interested in Lebanon after writing a story about local Armenian culture. After meeting a few Armenians who had grown up in Beirut during the civil war, I wondered if it would be possible to reconstruct their experiences. Barry Siegel's "Art of Reconstruction" workshop gave me that opportunity.