gerard wozek biography
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Gerard Wozek is the author of "Postcards from Heartthrob Town," a collection of short stories selected and edited by Michael Luongo for the Gay Travel Literature Series, "Out in the World," published by Southern Tier Editions/Haworth Press in 2007. His poems and prose have appeared in such magazines as Blithe House Quarterly, The Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Review, Chiron Review, Ultreict, Bay Windows, Amethyst, the Prairie Street Companion, White Crane Journal, Knockout, and the River Oak Review. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies: The Road Within: True Stories of Transformation, (Traveler's Tales, 1997), Best Gay Erotica 1998, (Cleis Press, 1998), Rebel Yell 2 (Harrington Park Press, 2002), Erotic Travel Tales 1 and 2 (Cleis Press, 2001, 2003), Foreign Affairs (Cleis Press, 2004), Beautiful Boys (Cleis Press, 2010), Best Gay Erotica 2009 (Cleis Press, 2009) and A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families (Adams Media 2009). His poems have also appeared in numerous anthologies including: Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians: New Gay Male Poetry (Alyson Publications, 1995), Reclaiming the Heartland, (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), Queer Dog, (Cleis Press, 1997), Bend Don't Shatter: Poets on the Beginning of Desire (Soft Skull Press, 2004), and Poetic Voices Without Borders Volume 1 (Gival Press, 2005) and 2 (Gival Press, 2009). His verse play, "The Changeling's Exile" which premiered in Chicago in 1992 at Lionheart Theatre, was later published as a limited edition chapbook (Deep Wood Press, 1996/re-released 2010). His manuscript "Dervish" won first place in the Second Annual Gival Press Poetry Award Competition and was published in October of 2001. The book received a Violet Crown Special Citation from the Writer's League of Texas and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. His poetry has been featured in nearly a dozen videos which have been screened at festivals and competitions throughout the world. In collaboration with visual artist and filmmaker Mary Russell, the poetry video "Dance of the Electric Moccasins" won the 2005 First Place Potenza Film Festival Video Poetry Award. In addition, "Elemental Reels" won the "Most Innovative Video Award" at the Edgewise Poetry Video Festival in Vancouver, B.C. in 2001, and the travel narrative, "A Bird in Hand: 13 Postcards from Paris" won "The Vision Award for Best Direction in a Video" also at the Edgewise Festival in 2002. He teaches writing and the humanities for the College of Liberal Arts at Robert Morris University Illinois in Chicago.