Grice grew up in rural Oklahoma, a setting that has figured in much of his writing. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BA in English and the University of Arkansas with an Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He is married and has three children. He has taught creative writing for California Institute of the Arts and the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
He is the author of two nonfiction books. The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators (1998) was listed among the Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Books of the Year and the New York Public Library's 25 Books to Remember for 1998. Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals was published in 2010. Wall Street journal listed it among the "Five Best: Nature Books." Revised editions, retitled The Book of Deadly Animals appeared in 2011 (UK) and 2012 (US). Critic Mark Dery described his work thus: "Fascinated by the alien ways of the nonhuman world, Grice combines the sardonic deadpan of noir fiction with the best naturalists' unsentimental scrutiny of animal behavior and a rural midwesterner's applied knowledge of the predator-prey relationship. A Jean-Henri Fabre for literati who drive pickups with rifle racks."
- 1999 Whiting Writers' Award
- "The White Cat" (short story) chosen for Best of the 'Net 2006
- Finalist for the PEN Center West Book Awards in research nonfiction for 1999
- The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators. Delacorte Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-385-31887-7.
- Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals. The Dial Press. May 18, 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-33562-1.
- Geoffrey C. Ward, Robert Atwan, ed. (1996). Best American Essays 1996. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0-395-71757-8.
- George Miller, ed. (2000). "Caught in the Widow's Web". The Prentice Hall Reader. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-0-13-022563-4.
- Natalie Angier, Tim Folger, ed. (2002). The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002. Houghton Mifflin Co. ISBN 978-0-618-08297-1.
- Grice, Gordon. DeadlyKingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals. Dial Press: 2010, p. 313.
- Official Website
- "An Interview with Gordon Grice", Bold Type, Random House
- "Gordon Grice", West Coast Writers