Résumé: Gerald William George
264 Cutler Road,
East Machias, ME 04630
Gerald George is a professional writer and editor who currently divides his time between freelance editorial work for
such clients as the Library of Congress and his own work as a poet, essayist, and playwright.
He began his editorial
career by winning a poetry prize in grade school, a state essay contest in high school, and a speech-writing contest in college,
where he also was editor of the student literary magazine. He is a graduate of Salina High School (in his native Kansas),
Wichita State University (B.A. magna cum laude with honors in history), and Yale University (M.A. in history), which
he attended on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
After graduation, he went to work for the Salina Journal, a daily
newspaper, becoming a reporter, columnist, and Sunday features editor. He then joined the staff of The National Observer,
the former Dow-Jones newsweekly in Washington, D.C., as a reporter and features writer, covering stories across the United
States and in western Europe. Subsequently he served in administrative and editorial positions in governmental and nonprofit
organizations, becoming director of the American Association for State and Local History, director of the National Historical
Publications and Records Commission, and director of communications for the U.S. National Archives.
He has also worked
as managing editor of The States and the Nation, a fifty-one-volume series of histories of the states and D.C., published
by W.W. Norton and Company; served on the editorial board of the Macmillan Publishing Company's Encyclopedia of the
American West; and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the poetry journal Off the Coast.
is the author of Visiting History: Arguments over Museums and Historic Sites (American Association of Museums, 1990),
co-author of Starting Right: a Basic Guide to Museum Planning (AltaMira Press, rev. ed. 2004), and co-editor of Digital
Library Development, the View from Kanazawa (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). He has published numerous articles in newspapers,
magazines, journals, and books, along with two short stories and more than a hundred poems. The stories appeared in Kansas
Quarterly and Washingtonian Magazine, and the poems in such periodicals as College English, Cumberland
Poetry Review, Northern New England Review, Potomac Review, and Visions International. Maine
periodicals that have published his poetry include Off the Coast, Puckerbrush Review, and Wolf Moon
Journal. His poetry in Japanese forms has appeared in The Loose Thread: the Red Moon Anthology of English Language
Haiku and Stone Frog: American Haibun and Haiku. His play Bailey's Mistake, influenced by Japanese
Noh theatre, was performed in the 2008 Maine One-Act Play Festival.
He and his wife Carol, an archivist, librarian,
and museum educator, live year-around in East Machias, Maine.