Harry E. Gilleland Jr
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Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. is a 64-year-old southerner. Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, he earned a B.S. (1966) and a M.S. (1968) in Microbiology from the University of Georgia in Athens. Following three years of service in the U.S. Army as a captain, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, he returned to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology from UGA in 1973. He then headed north to complete a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. In July of 1975 he joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. After twenty-nine years of teaching microbiology to medical and graduate students and performing vaccine research, Harry retired in July of 2004. Today Harry lives in Shreveport with his wonderful wife Linda and their Corgi, Rusty. Harry enjoys being able to engage in his passion for writing full-time.
Harry has previously published three books of his personal poetry: Poetry For The Common Man: Storoems and Poems (2003, ISBN 1411600649), Gilleland Poetry: Storoems and Poems (2005, ISBN 1411629272), and Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man (2008, ISBN 978-1-4357-1242-3). In addition, Harry has published two books of prose, a tale of fantasy entitled Bob the Dragon Slayer (2005, ISBN 1411633156) and a contemporary romance story entitled White Lightning Road (2006, ISBN 978-1-4116-8693-9).
Harry Gilleland's poetry has been included in four multi-author print anthologies of poems and short stories, in several poetry e-zines, and on numerous Internet poetry forums, in addition to his own three published collections. His poetry is readily accessible to all readers, including those who do not regularly read poetry. His storoems (story-poems) and poems address a variety of topics, from everyday life events, observations of Nature, tales of fantasy, expressions of love, and more. Harry views the world with a poet's eye.
Winning Entry: The Old Salty Poems
Contest Won: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest 2008, Second Prize
Winning Entry: The Assembled Waiters
Contest Won: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest 2008, Most Highly Commended
Winning Entry: The Nature Trail
Contest Won: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest 2009, Highly Commended