Nathan Gunter considers himself the luckiest guy alive. He lives in Oklahoma City with his husband, Brian, and their dog, Fred, who is a girl. Nathan is a sixth-generation Oklahoman and by day is the editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Today magazine, the official tourism magazine of the state. He also moonlights as the managing editor of the online poetry salon vox poetica.
Nathan holds a master’s degree from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Wake Forest University. He is a proud dropout of Yale University’s divinity school. In the past, he has worked to improve his community through the Mayflower United Church of Christ homeless ministry, the deadCenter Film Festival, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
“I’m passionate about the work of Free Mom Hugs because I never want anyone to feel like they are out of the reach of love,” Nathan says. “We are creatures who are made for connection, and even when I’m struggling with my faith in humanity, I can look at what we’re doing here and see love.”
When he’s not working, Nathan enjoys going to concerts and traveling with his husband—especially in walkable cities with professional baseball teams of the major league variety. He is an avid but untalented gardener, an injured runner, a middling cyclist, a voracious reader, and a semi-skillful poet.