Gerald Haslam

Penngrove, CA 94951-0969

Author's Bio

I have taken little known areas of California as my literary province, setting my stories and essays in farms and villages and empty stretches of that otherwise glitzy state. I write especially about my home region, the Great Central Valley...the richest agricultural region in the history of the world. It is an area of few haves and many have nots, bloated wealth for a few, desperation for many, and increasingly of a disconnected middle class. Many people of all colors struggle to gain a foothold in California on its unforgiving fields, toiling to survive while varied cultures clash or blend, and that in turn can lead to deep, grinding drama. Add an improved (or maimed)landscape, water wars, a blighted natural environment, and there's plenty to write about. I call my settings "The Other California."

Publications and Prizes

Condor Dreams & Other Fictions
(University of Nevada Press, 1994)
, Manuel & the Madman
(Devil Mountain Books, 2000)
, Straight White Male
(University of Nevada Press, 2000)
, The Great Tejon Club Jubilee
(Devil Mountain Books, 1996)
L.A. Times Magazine, Sierra, Sky Books, The Nation, This World
Prizes Won: 
Bernard Ashton Raborg Award, 1985 Josephine Miles Award, 1990 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award, 1993 Commonwealth Club Medal, 1994 Western States Book Award, 2000 Ralph J. Gleason Award, 2000 Carey McWilliams Award, 2001 Josephine Miles Award, 2006

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Men in My Life by James D. Houston
Controversy by William Manchester
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
Growing Up Bronx by Gerald Rosen
The Firebird Poems by Gerald Locklin

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Fiction Writer
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Born in: 
Bakersfield, United States
Raised in: 
Oildale, CA, United States
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Last updated: May 11, 2009