Monday, December 1, 2008

A Visit from Poet, Harry Gilleland

We're excited to host a visit from author, Harry Gilleland. Here's a little bit about Harry:

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 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 storoems (story-poems) and poems are readily accessible to all readers, including those who do not regularly read poetry. Harry views the world with a poet’s eye.
Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man This collection of storoems and poems offers hours of enjoyment as it makes the reader think, feel, and ponder life. The next poem may make the reader laugh or perhaps will bring a tear to the eye. The various subjects addressed will both surprise and delight. This is a collection both to own and to give as a gift, as it will surely be read and re-read. It continues in the footsteps of Harry Gilleland’s previous two published poetry collections.
Print: $12.98
Download: $2.99

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Accomplishments: I have served as a moderator at several Internet poetry forums. My poetry has appeared in several ezines and three books (collections of my poems). My third poetry book is now available. It is entitled "Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man" and contains 81 of my storoems and poems. It is available at and other booksellers.

Favorite Links

Gilleland PoetryClose to 300 storoems and poems written in varying styles on various subjects, from humorous to thought-provoking.

About this Lulu: Harry E. Gilleland. Jr.Short bio and description of my books, with purchasing available.


Vivian Zabel said...

Harry's poetry has always been some of my favorite. I've been reading it for nearly seven years, and I still enjoy reading it.


Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Harry, I love the title of your book. It's on my to read list.

Lanaia, thanks for hosting Harry.

Karen Cioffi

educationtipster by author Kathy Stemke said...

I'm halfway through Harry's book and I love it. He touches that sensitive place inside your heart with his thoughtful words.

From a Soldier's Goodbye:

Now all assembled, the warriors set off to wwar with hearts heavy, yet ready to answer the call. Leaving loved ones is something they abhor...homecomingwill be sweet, if they return after all.

Thank you, Harry!

Kathy Stemke