Gerald Hausman

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Gerald Andrews Hausman (born October 13, 1945) is a storyteller and award-winning author of books about Native America, animals, mythology, and West Indian culture. Hausman comes from a long line of storytellers and educators, and has published over seventy books for both children and adults.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, to engineer father Sidney Hausman and mother Dorothy "Little" Hausman, Gerald grew up in New Jersey and Massachusetts before moving to New Mexico for college. Along with brother, Sid Hausman, a songwriter, entertainer and artist, Hausman attended New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he obtained his B.A. in English Literature.[1]

After graduation, Hausman married Loretta "Lorry" Wright and moved to Lenox, Massachusetts, where he taught creative writing and English at the Windsor Mountain School. He also founded, with his wife Lorry and David Silverstein, The Bookstore Press, which published some of the first paperback books for children. These included such authors as Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak, Crockett Johnson, Aram Saroyan and Paul Metcalf. In 1977, Gerald and Lorry moved to Tesuque, New Mexico, where they lived for seventeen years, raising two daughters, Hannah and Mariah.

During this time, Hausman worked as poetry teacher, editor, publisher and English teacher at Santa Fe Preparatory School in nearby Santa Fe, going on to found the Blue Harbour School of Creative Writing on the former estate of playwright Noël Coward in Port Maria, Jamaica.[2] He has also served as poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State College.[3] In addition, he worked as a poet in the schools in the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Hausman's most recent works include The Boy From Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley, illustrated by daughter Mariah Fox and co-authored with Cedella Marley, the daughter of late musician Bob Marley;[4] The Image Taker: The Selected Stories and Photographs of Edward S. Curtis with a foreword by Joe Medicine Crow; and Timeswimmer, the story of a young Jamaican boy who befriends an ancient storytelling sea turtle named Odysseus. Rastafarian Children of Solomon: The Legacy of the Kebra Nagast and the Path to Peace and Understanding. The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story. The Forbidden Ride. Island Dreams: Selected Poems.

Hausman has performed readings and storytellings throughout the United States and Europe, and is known for his lively and engaging style. He has also been a presenter for National Public Radio, History Channel, Haunted History: Caribbean, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Book Fair International and American Library Association.[3]

In 1994, Gerald and Lorry moved to Bokeelia, Florida, on Pine Island, where they currently work and reside.






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  1. ^ "A Guide to the Gerald Hausman Papers, 1981–2003". University of Connecticut. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Sigwald, John (March 22, 1996). "Jamaican Legends Retold by Masterful Storyteller". Unger Library. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Gerald Hausman". Archived from the original on January 17, 2000. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Cooke, Mel (April 20, 2005). "Children involved in Marley book launch". Jamaica Gleaner. Archived from the original on April 20, 2005. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Aesop Prize and Aesop Accolades". American Folklore Society. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Escape from Botany Bay: The True Story of Mary Bryant". Parents' Choice Award. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
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