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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gerard Wozek  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1960 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Wozek was born in Chicago and raised in Aurora, Illinois. He currently resides in Naperville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gerard Wozek is a teacher and writer. Since 1994, he has been a Professor of English and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Robert Morris University Illinois. The courses he has taught include Introduction to Communication, Basic Composition and Rhetoric, Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing, Comparative Contemporary Global Literature, and Film Studies. Wozek holds a B.A. in Communication from Loyola University of Chicago with a second major in Literature, an M.A. in Dramatic Theory from Northeastern Illinois University and an M.A. in Writing and Rhetoric from DePaul University. Wozek also holds a Certificate in Secondary Education from Loyola University of Chicago. Wozek is the author of the short story collection, ''Postcards from Heartthrob Town''. His debut book of poems, ''Dervish'' won the Gival Press Poetry Book Award. His work has appeared in many anthologies and journals.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1928589111

Gival Press, LLC. 2001

Finalist for the 2002 Violet Crown Book Award Literary Prose & Poetry & 2000 Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award--"Dervish" has received praise from a variety authors for its eloquence and moving tales of adventure. Wozek takes the reader along his many journeys from America to Europe to Morocco. This collection blends the erotic with the spiritual world.

Postcards from Heartthrob Town: A Gay Man's Travel Tales
ISBN: 156023623X

Harrington Park Pr. 2006

Embark on an erotic journey in search of spirit and gay sensuality

Postcards from Heartthrob Town: A Gay Man's Travel Tales is a passionate ride through physical and emotional landscapes straight to the heart of homoerotic desire. Award-winning author Gerard Wozek colors snapshots of memoir and short fiction with a poet's eye for detail, traveling outward to the edges of the planet while making a sojourn to the depths of his erotic core as he spins a collection of nineteen queer tales that evoke a sense of displacement—and a hunger for journey. Whether meandering around the desolate plains of his hometown in the American Midwest or trekking through the lurid trappings of underground Paris, Wozek describes not locale, but the spirit and feel of each place he visits as a gay man searching for new territory and the untamed terrain of the erotic body.

From "Paris Angels:"
I think of the letters that have brought me here to Paris. Your postcards of the city, dipped in ambergris. The promises of walks through the Tuilleries at dusk, the Bateau-Mouche rides at midnight, riz au lait at the Hotel Vendome. You write to tell me that this is where Fred Astaire stayed in 1936 after making the film "Swing Time" and my mind begins to fill with images of dancers in a plush ballroom, a Gershwin tune playing on the piano, and the tug of two bodies sparking together. I pass over the lines of your last letter which indicate the directions of our meeting point. Though we have never actually seen each other, we have held each other through our phone calls, our instant Internet chats, our correspondences, our thoughts. I write in my journal: "Paris angels, protect me. Protect this new love that aches to soar."

Postcards from Heartthrob Town: A Gay Man's Travel Tales uniquely captures the impulse of one gay man in his search for meaning in the world, redefining travel as both an inner pilgrimage and a journey through the United States and abroad.


Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, 2003 Gival Press Poetry Award for ''Dervish''

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Contact Information

Gival Press P.O. Box 3812 Arlington, VA 22203