Gerald Hausman, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945, 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 has lived in Bokeelia, Florida since 1994. In addition to his many books about Native America, Gerald Hausman has written extensively about animal mythology. His work as a folklorist has earned him many national and international honors. Gerald's most recent award is from the Florida Magazine Association for his column "Pine Island Soundings" about life on a barrier island.
Gerald is a frequent storyteller at college writers programs and at young authors conferences. Recently, he performed at the Young Authors Conference in Kaiserslautern, Germany as a guest of 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.
Praise for Gerald Hausman
“I have known Gerry since our early days in college and I have seen him mature into a prolific writer on American Indian literature. I feel he has once again caught the spirit of his quest.”
—Ray Brown, Navajo translator and advisor on The Turquoise Horse
“Hey, Coyote Man, give me a holler!”
—Jay DeGroat, Navajo artist
“Navajo myths are among the most poetic in the world, full of dazzling word imagery. Hausman’s meditations are likewise sheer poetry, traveling on sunbeams.”
—Richard Erdoes, co-editor American Indian Myths and Legends
“Gerald's sensitive interpretation of each story, his vocal play with words enhances every moment of the tales. Ray Griffin's music explores the open world of tones, action and landscape.”
—Ashley Bryan, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award
"Gerald Hausman's Stargazer is a very different book: a paradoxical Southwestern fantasy, drawing upon local folklore and Indian myth; a smoothly told tale of no small complexity and more than a little mystery. It reminded me of a combination of Philip K. Dick and Carlos Castaneda."
—Roger Zelazny, author of The Chronicles of Amber Series (Stargazer)
“Hausman honors Native American philosophy and spirituality even as he reveals it.” —Booklist (Ghostwalk)
Publishers Weekly called Hausman’s writing “Lyrical, quietly forceful… links to both the physical and spiritual worlds.” (Ghostwalk)
Books of the Southwest: “…folkoristic while clearly representing real people.” (Ghostwalk)