|In The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood (coming in 2013), which Ramon Shiloh illustrated and Gerald Hausman wrote, everything, even the whole wide world, gets very, very wet!
Gerald Hausman was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945, and 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.
Besides his writing, Mr. Hausman worked in publishing for a number of years as an
editor and executive, taught English, and was the Poet-in-residence for a variety
of educational institutions.
Hausman is a multi-cultural storyteller who gathers and tells stories worldwide.
In his school visits he includes a wide range of topics from writing as a career
to American Indian mythology and from dogs of the Titanic to Great Danes in his
own house. He was a special guest on the History Channel’s “Haunted Caribbean” program,
telling tales of pirates and mermaids. On National Public Radio he spoke about gathering
Native American stories.
Praise for Gerald’s anthologies includes The New York Times Book Review for Tunkashila: From the Birth of Turtle Island to the Blood of Wounded Knee which stated, “An eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.” The same review goes on to comment about Hausman’s style like this: “Gerald Hausman’s writing is richly lyrical; his language creates a swirling, lustrous world in which his characters come triumphantly to life.”
Gerald Hausman’s picture book Three Little Birds (co-written with Cedella Marley and illustrated by Mariah Fox) has been adapted into a musical for children which has already put on performances in several cities, including New York City.