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GERALD HAUSMAN , the author of more than 70 books for children and adults spent much of his adult life in New Mexico during which time he translated Native origin stories with Navajo artist and friend, Jay DeGroat. Many of these were aired on Navajo Nation radio station KTNN and The Turquoise Horse was included in the Junior Great Books international reading program. It is used in classrooms throughout the U.S. and in the twenty years since its first publication has become a classic in cultural learning for elementary and middle school students. His folktales have also been aired on the History Channel, NPR , and Pacifica Broadcasting.

In 2006 the University of Washington Graduate Film School, (supported by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Pixar) created an animated short from Gerald Hausman's book, The Boy with the Sun Tree Bow. It has been used as a textbook for environmental studies in South America. Twelve of Gerald's other books are translated into foreign languages and The New York Times praised the anthology Tunkashila: From the Birth of Turtle Island to the Blood of Wounded Knee by calling it “An eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.” Hausman's books written in Jamaica where he and his wife ran a summer school for more than thirteen years are used as college texts in many universities throughout the world. Along with The Kebra Nagast: The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom and Faith from Ethiopia and Jamaica , he is also the author of Rastafarian Children of Solomon . In addition to these two he has also written five books about Jamaica with co-author Cedella Marley, Bob Marley's eldest daughter.

Other honors for Gerald Hausman's work are from the American Folklore Society, the American Bookseller, Children’s Protective Services, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council of Social Studies, the International Reading Association, Parent’s Choice, The Ministry of Education of Jamaica, The New York Public Library Best Books, and CCBC Choices/Best of the Year.

Gerald and his wife Loretta have done a number of animal books together and with Alice Winston Carney they have led a summer workshop in memoir writing at The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, for the past nine years. Gerald and Loretta also founded Irie Books which publishes memoirs, children's books, poetry, biography and translations. A Hausman archive is available for research at the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut.

Find out more about Gerald Hausman:

Author website with audio recordings and video interview www.geraldhausman.com

Complete publications, awards and biographical information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Hausman

Books and Writing

Largest archive of his essays online:

The Image Taker and the Otter, The Spotted Frog and the Great Flood http://www.worldwisdom.com/public/authors/Gerald-Hausman.aspx

The Kebra Nagast, The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom from Ethiopia and Jamaica http://us.macmillan.com/thekebranagast/geraldhausman

The sequel to The Kebra Nagast; Rastafarian Children of Solomon and Meditations with the Navajo and Meditations with Animals http://www.innertraditions.com/rastafarian-children-of-solomon.html

Audio, digital and print books dealing with Native American and Caribbean folklore of Gerald Hausman http://www.speakingvolumes.us/authors/gerald-hausman/

The Boy With the Sun Tree Bow, a 7 minute animated film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W_YdvTvZkw

Haunted Caribbean from History Channel, some based on my book, Duppy Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezIKXo4CUc

Gerald Hausman - History

This anthology, long in coming, was deeply desired by the many fans of Sci-fi-fantasy master, Roger Zelazny. Everything in its right time. But it seems a long time, to me, since Roger was here on this earth. And yet it also seems he was just here, just passing through, just a moment ago.

Time bends and sometimes we bend with it. Roger knew that all too well. He died June 14, 1995. Some months before he passed he phoned me to say he'd had a dream in which a bunch of characters came to him asking to be worked into a novel.

Anyone who has read the Amber novels knows that time bends in Roger's books. And, for a while on the phone, he bent my ear to a proposal. He wanted me to write a novel about the dream he'd just had.
It was a kind of detective story, in which the main character was a world weary martial artist whose specialty was . he left that up to me.

I suggested a stick fighter because I had just returned from Jamaica and had seen one. If you've watched any of the old Errol Flynn films (the actor actually lived on the North Coast of Jamaica), you can imagine what a stick fighter does to protect himself. Basically, Robin and Little John. Parry and thrust, pound and pummel, all done with the grace and style of a dancer.

Roger went on to describe the main character as a kind of salvage expert, a guy like Travis McGee in John D. MacDonald's The Deep Blue Goodbye. It all sounded very exciting, this proposed novel, except that, unlike Wilderness which we had written together, Roger wanted me to write this one alone.

He also asked for a character who looked and acted like Sean Connery in Doctor No. He wanted this fellow to pop into the tale at odd, inventive moments. "Could he be a stick fighter, too?" I asked. He said, "Sure." I described how the Connery character might appear and disappear and he suggested that he just walk out of a cane field in formal attire, as if he were going to a high stakes game of baccarat.

Roger asked that the main guy, the salvage expert detective, be what he termed a flawed character. Someone between jobs, between affairs, between worlds. He might be a man of affairs with no affair, but with a flair for stick fighting. Then he caught me with his next comment: "How about an older man, or even an old man?" I laughed and said I knew one such in Kingston. A very urbane old guy who was actually the Queen's Magistrate. Roger chuckled. "Perfect," he said.

I never wrote it. I wanted to. But after he was gone in 1995, I turned to children's books about Jamaica and the editing of a number of books written by Bob Marley that came out under the Marley family imprint of Tuff Gong Books.

Long story short -- or rather long story long -- I was compelled to write Roger's tale when Warren Lapine and Trent Zelazny asked for a contribution to Shadows and Reflections. It came quickly, the story that was more than 15 years old and unwritten. Time bends. And I like to think Roger lent more than a helping hand. I like to think he's still here, don't you?

A family effort

The magazine was the brainchild of Jean Dupuis, owner of a Catholic printing firm in the Walloon town of Marcinelle, near Charleroi. Born in 1875, Jean Dupuis had started the business in 1898 at the age of 20, when he installed his first printing press in the kitchen of the Dupuis family home. The firm had well established its name in Belgian households in the 1920s with their family magazines Bonnes Soirées (1922-1988) and Le Moustique (1924), as well as the Flemish counterparts De Haardvriend (1934-1957, changed its name to Mimosa until 1970) and Humoradio (1936, since 1958 Humo). By 1937 the idea arose to start a third magazine, aimed at children.

From the second issue of Spirou, 1938.

Since the firm was a family effort, the entire Dupuis clan came together for a brainstorm session regarding the name and the mascot of the magazine. The name was picked from a Walloon phrase for squirrel, spirou, which also means as much as a young tearaway. The Parisian artist Robert Velter (Rob-Vel) was assigned to give the character its looks. Velter made him a bellboy, who literally came to life from an artist's canvas on the frontpage of the first tabloid-sized issue on 21 April 1938.

Also present in the first issue was 'Bibor et Tribar', another Rob-Vel creation, the melodramatic strip 'Les Aventures de Zizette', created by Velter's wife Blanche Dumoulin and Velter family friend Luc Lafnet and 'Les Aventures de Tif' by Fernand Dineur. The bald Tif was accompanied by the bearded Tondu a couple of weeks later, and the classic duo 'Tif et Tondu' was born. Most of the early comics were of American origin however, such as 'Superman' by Siegel and Shuster, Fred Harman's 'Red Ryder', 'Brick Bradford' by William Ritt and Clarence Gray and Chester Gould's plainclothes detective 'Dick Tracy'. A Flemish equivalent of Spirou called Robbedoes was launched in October of the same year.

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Gerald Hausman was born 13 October 1945 in Baltimore, MD, the son of Sidney (an engineer) and Dorothy (Little) Hausman. He attended New Mexico Highlands University (B.A., 1968). His career has included Poetry teacher (Lenox, MA, 1969-1972), editor of the Bookstore Press (1972-1977), vice-president of Sunstone Press (Santa Fe, NM, 1979-1983) English teacher at the Santa Fe Preparatory School (1983-1987). He has also been the Poet-in-residence in public schools (1970-1976) and at Central Connecticut State College (1973). Hausman has received the Union College poetry prize (1965, Quebec Poems), and established the Gerald Hausman Scholarship awarded in author's name to two Native American high-school students at Santa Fe Preparatory School in 1985.

From the description of Gerald Hausman papers, 1981. (University of Connecticut). WorldCat record id: 123354838

Gerald Hausman was born 13 October 1945 in Baltimore, MD, the son of Sidney (an engineer) and Dorothy (Little) Hausman . He attended New Mexico Highlands University (B.A., 1968). His career has included Poetry teacher ( Lenox, MA, 1969-1972), editor of the Bookstore Press (1972-1977), vice-president of Sunstone Press ( Santa Fe, NM, 1979-1983) English teacher at the Santa Fe Preparatory School (1983-1987). He has also been the Poet-in-residence in public schools (1970-1976) and at Central Connecticut State College (1973). Hausman has received the Union College poetry prize (1965, Quebec Poems ), and established the Gerald Hausman Scholarship awarded in author's name to two Native American high-school students at Santa Fe Preparatory School in 1985.

From the guide to the Gerald Hausman Papers., undated, 1981., (Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center .)

After meeting Gerald Hausman as a fellow poet and colleague in the Poet-in-the-Schools program in Massachusetts in the early 1970s, I soon admired his poetry. The work seemed to me a fresh incarnation of a tradition I identified with Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen and Lew Welch. Uniquely, looking into those early chapbooks today, the work continues to hold its charge. Over the years, while we stayed in touch and exchanged books, it was only recently, with the publication of two new books, Little Miracles and Mystic Times with Noel Coward in Jamaica, both of which might be characterized as nonfiction novels, that I recognized he’d in the meantime emerged in a way I never could have imagined. In his prose the same ease and accuracy remain, and a deceptive modesty in the tone, but the explorations have expanded and magnified in all directions. I haven’t read anything that has affected me so powerfully in years. A.S.

Gerald Hausman arranges stories of his life under four headings–“Starting Out,” “Writing,” “People & Places,” “Traveling.” What follows are chapters from each of those sequences in Little Miracles

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    The first prominent German family called Haußmann originated in Reudern, near Oberboihingen in Württemberg, the earliest known member being Hans Haußmann, born circa 1450, died before 1526. From this family descended several politicians and actors. Descendants of his sons, who resided in Oberboihingen, include:

    Gerald Hausman Papers

    Gerald Hausman was born 13 October 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Sidney (an engineer) and Dorothy (Little) Hausman. He attended New Mexico Highlands University (B.A., 1968). His career has included Poetry teacher (Lenox, MA, 1969-1972), editor of the Bookstore Press (1972-1977), vice-president of Sunstone Press (Santa Fe, NM, 1979-1983) English teacher at the Santa Fe Preparatory School (1983-1987). He has also been the Poet-in-residence in public schools (1970-1976) and at Central Connecticut State College (1973). Hausman has received the Union College poetry prize (1965, Quebec Poems ), and established the Gerald Hausman Scholarship awarded in author's name to two Native American high-school students at Santa Fe Preparatory School in 1985.

    In addition to his work as a poet, editor, and educator, Gerald Hausman writes books for children and young adults that are inspired by his interest in history and in Native-American and Caribbean lore. In Duppy Talk: West Indian Tales of Mystery and Magic , Doctor Bird: Three Lookin' Up Tales from Jamaica , and The Story of Blue Elk he retells tradition narratives, while Castaways: Stories of Survival includes six stories inspired by first-person accounts that combine courage and a touch of the supernatural.

    Collections of animal lore are compiled in a series of books Hausman has written in collaboration with his wife, Loretta Hausman. Focusing on older readers, Hausman has also written short fiction as well as novels such as Tom Cringle: Battle on the High Seas and its sequels. Collaborative works for teen readers include The Jacob Ladder , a novel coauthored with Jamaican writer Uton Hinds, as well as the history-centered Napoleon and Josephine: The Sword and the Hummingbird , A Mind with Wings: The Story of Henry David Thoureau , and Escape from Botany Bay: The True Story of Mary Bryant , all which were coauthored by the husband-and-wife team.

    Gerald Hausman - History

    Gerald Hausman, author of over 90 books, has traveled widely in America as a professional storyteller and public speaker. His work in Native American studies has been aired on radio coast-to-coast and cited in The New York Times and many other national and international publications. Mr. Hausman has received 35 awards and honors from the American Folklore Society Bank Street College New York Public Library National Council of Social Studies Parents Choice Children's Book Council Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for his books, some of which have been adapted for film, many of which have been used in classrooms around the world. His collection of Native American origin stories, How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet has reached over one million readers and his numerous books about Bob Marley, co-authored by Cedella Marley, have been reprinted each year since the 1990s. Mr. Hausman has been called "a native of the world" by teachers and educators in all walks of life.

    The stories in The American Storybag are a fleeting yet incisive look at American life, primarily on the road, but sometimes on or in the water, and have been collected by Gerald Hausman since 1965. Some of the tales are very brief and may be called "sudden stories". Many of them deal with human survival - an autistic boy lost in a trackless swamp a young woman who falls in love with a supernatural creature a young man who finds himself by finding his horse. Some of the tales are mere messages left on a cell phone. Others, like the story Bimini Blue tell about a Navajo healing ceremony given to a famous author who committed suicide. There are stories of ghosts, demons, fearsome predators, and wise old men who take the innocent in hand and lead them on the road to wisdom. These are tales of innocence and anguish, fantasy and fable, humor and heart. In them we hear the voices of a lost America - an America of folk heroes fading fast from view and crying out to be heard.

    "Not since Mark Twain has a writer presented classic American storytelling so honestly. Hausman is at his best with this collection, truly entertaining."
    - Hilary Hemingway, author of Hemingway in Cuba, on The American Storybag

    In 2017, The American Storybag was revised and re-released as Not Since Mark Twain (stories) in both digital and paperback formats.

    In the summer of 2019, Little Miracles - A Memoir, was released by Stay Thirsty Press that brings the reader gently, lovingly along on Hausman's journey through life.

    Gerald Hausman on A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

    There is a sense of unease when you read a title like the one above. By the heft of the book, I knew it wasn't going to be brief. Somehow I knew as well there were going to be more killings than seven. In both estimations I was right. I also knew from the copy on the cover that Bob Marley was an important figure in the novel and that Jamaica was itself a character.

    All these things resonated with me and I began to read. Interestingly, if you have lived in the country where a certain novel takes place, you have a third eye working over the pages. The information is tainted in a sense. I worked to disabuse myself of any previous connection to and time and place and then settled back to enjoy Marlon James's skillful, accurate and elegant prose.

    After that I read this novel as if I were chained to it or perhaps even enchained by it. As I figured, my many years in Jamaica gave me more background than I needed or wanted and though I tried to expunge this, there were moments when a rush of memory engaged that insistent third eye that thinks it knows everything.

    To state cases: this is an historical novel that covers the most harrowing events in the neo-colonial ghetto world of Kingston, Jamaica. In a subculture where ruling "dons" are more powerful than feudal kings, we are transported from one manic fiefdom to another. The revolving doors of murder and mayhem open and close, and duppies, or Jamaican ghosts, are narrators as well as street people, assassins, artists, members of the CIA, upper-class Kingstonians, and drug dealers.

    Few novels ratchet the tempo as much as this one James torques it to the max. You will read this with a shaky hand and look over your shoulder often. It pulls you in and keeps you there, a prisoner of the written word. For those interested in Bob Marley and the attempt that was made on his life there is further incentive to read on, but more than anything, for me, it was the ambience of the island, the scents and sounds, the patois, the gritty, grainy, back-a-yard that captivates – if that's the right word. As I have said, you are not captivated so much as captured. You are not reading so much as living. Doing that, truly, in a novel is unusual. It may even give pause for the question – what is a novel? But I leave that conundrum to you.

    Gerald Hausman - History


    Born in Baltimore, Maryland

    in 1945, Gerald Hausman grew

    up in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He graduated

    from college in New Mexico and

    continued to live there for two

    decades. During that time, he

    had a summer residence on the

    island of Jamaica where he and

    his wife, Loretta, founded a

    school for creative writing. Mr.

    Hausman lived in Bokeelia,

    Florida from 1994 until 20016, He now resides in New Mexico.

    In addition to his many books about Native America, Gerald Hausman has written extensively about animalmythology. His work as a folklorist has earned him many national and international honors.

    Gerald Hausman is a frequent storyteller at university writers' programs and at young authors' conferences. He's also performed at the Young Authors Conference in Kaiserslautern, Germany as a guest of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. His lively presentations, complete with a myriad of sound effects, have earned him praise from storytellers, speakers, writers, and listeners. Here are some remarks that some listeners have said about Mr. Hausman's live storytelling.

    "Gerald Hausman displays a deeper understanding of the natural world than most writers of our generation."
    -Joseph Bruchac, Native American Storyteller

    "He awakens, not only the poet's skill and sensitivity, but also our own nature, power and inherent divinity. "
    -Dr. Michael W. Fox, Vice President
    The Humane Society of the United States

    "Your students are indeed fortunate to have someone in their midst who can communicate enthusiasm for learning - the greatest lesson a school could ever teach."
    -Fred Rogers/Mr. Rogers ' Neighborhood

    Mr. Hausman's books have also been warmly received and have been on such prestigious lists as the Bank Street College of Education Best Books, the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, the CBC's National Council for Social Studies Best Books, the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, School Library Journal's Sleepers list, the American Bookseller's Pick of the List. Another title, Time Swimmer, has been described as *an interesting look at Caribbean culture with a nice message about the power of words and storytelling* by The Bookbag. The Image Taker was the 2010 MIPA Award Winner for Best Book of the Year in the Culture category as well as a finalist for USA Books News' 2010 Best Book of the Year in the Multicultural Nonfiction category. Furthermore, Three Little Birds is now being considered for animation and a video game. An app e-book he produced for Apple which will be released soon on iPhone.

    The American Storybag, a digital first Amazon Kindle that was listed in the top ten Kindle choices in the Children's Books, and Animals and Caribbean categories on October 26, 2010, can be read on any Kindle, Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device and more. A collection of stories about American life, one of which was posted on Google News, the book features brief *sudden stories* as well as longer stories about ghosts, demons, fearsome predators, wise old men, and the voices of fading American folk heroes. Read more about The American Storybag and learn more about Gerald Hausman in this Stay Thirsty Media interview and video clip.


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