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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gerry Ann Marshall


Geraldine Ann Marshall
also published asGeraldine Marshall Gutfreund
Welcome ­- and please, call me "Gerry." I am a writer with special interests in children and animals. My newest projects include a fantasy trilogy for children and a collection of short stories for all women - mothers, grandmothers, and daughters - called "Learning the Language of Birds."  
Send e-mail to Gery...I am available for teaching enrichment courses, including writing, to middle-grade children, for presenting "visiting author" talks to grades one through twelve, and for speaking to adults about writing for publication. Please inquire via e-mail.

Check out my newest book

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"The Fog Maiden's Necklace"
in Stories From Where We Live:
The North Atlantic Coast
Fiction, Milkweed Editions, November,
2000 publication. This book was chosen
by the American Booksellers Association
for "Kids' Pick of the Lists 2000" and
"Notable Social Studies Trade Books for
Young People, 2001." 
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Yearbooks in Science: 1970-1979
(Yearbooks in Science Series)
Nonfiction highlighting scientific
accomplishments of the time period,
Twenty-First Century Books/Henry
Holt, Inc., fall, 1995. 
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Vanishing Animal Neighbors
(A First Book: Animals)

Nonfiction for grades 3 and up, Franklin
Watts, Inc., spring, 1993 publication,
paperback edition published fall 1993.
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Nature's Unlovables
Nonfiction for grades 5-8, Publications
International, Ltd., fall, 1990 publication.
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Animals Have Cousins Too:
Five Surprising Relatives of
Animals You Know (First Book)
Nonfiction for grades 3 and up, Franklin Watts
Inc., fall, 1990 publication; nominated for
The International Reading Association
Award.
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The Changeling Summer
Young adult novel, Cora Verlag (a division
of Crosswinds Books), spring 1990 publication
(initially published in Germany under the title 

Zaubernacht auf Black Gull Island)
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reissued in Hungary in 1992. 
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"Laura's Messengers"
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1999 (only one-time
Australian rights purchased); scheduled for
publication on CD-ROM. 
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"The Song of Butterflies" and 
"The Bambuti, The Forest's Children"
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1995, 1998; scheduled
for publication on CD-ROM in SIRS, Inc.
Discovery series.
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"The Song of Butterflies" 
NEW MOON, 1994.
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"Happy New Year's Day" 
HOPSCOTCH, 1995.
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"The Sleeping Secret" 
HOPSCOTCH, 1990.
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"Okapi, The Forest Giraffe" 
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, November, 1990. 
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"A Place for Jeremy"
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1989. 
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"Bears for Breakfast" and
"How To Make Bears for Breakfast"
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, 1988. 
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"The Horse's Complaint"
POCKETS, 1986. 
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"The Fog Maiden's Necklace"
CRICKET, 1983 (reprinted by Modern
Curriculum Press, 1986 and on computer
for classroom use by Education Systems
Technology Corporation and by Jostens
Learning Corporation); scheduled for
publication on CD-ROM. 
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"Mandy's Mystery"
SUNSHINE, 1982. 
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"Nuri's Treasure"
CRICKET, 1982 (reprinted 1984 and 1988
by SCHOOL MAGAZINE, New South Wales
Department of Education, Australia).
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"Wolf Song"
 INTERNATIONAL WOLF, scheduled for future publication.
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"A Valentine Recipe/Poem"
HOPSCOTCH, 1996. 
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"Storm Cat"
SCHOOL MAGAZINE, November 1993. 
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"Step for Step"
TOUCH, 1987.
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"Baptism"
POCKETS, 1986, reprinted in church school curriculum guide, 1986. 
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"Story Scenarios"
 LEARNING, scheduled for future publication.
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"Pilgrimage to Scotland"
PADUCAH LIFE, 2002. 
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"An Unknown Tongue"
ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER, May 2000.
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"Waltzing with the Wren"
ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER, February 1999. 
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"Climb Back in Time at Wickliffe Mounds"
PADUCAH LIFE, 1998.
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"Apple-Cheeked Angels and Other Joys"
PADUCAH LIFE, 1998.
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"A Small Summer Death"
ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER, 1997.
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"Make a Big Bang Writing Science"
CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE MARKET, 1996. 
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"Lost in the Land of Motherhood,"
THE OPEN DOOR, 1994. 
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"Okapi"
TRISTATE MAGAZINE, 1988.
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"Meditation on Childhood"
THE UPPER ROOM, 1981.
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"Grandmother's House"
WHITEWATER WOMAN, 1980. 
Published in ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER, BLUEGRASS, APPALACHIAN HERITAGE, BLUEGRASS, ALIVE NOW!, THE NEW ENGLAND SAMPLER, COUNTRY WOMAN, THE WRITER, THE BEST OF 1982 (Ohio Poetry Day Association), INTERSECTIONS 83 (chapbook, Illinois Wesleyan University Writers Conference), and CELEBRATING WOMEN'S WORDS (chapbook, Conference of Cincinnati Women), ALL ABOUT KIDS, WRITER'S DIGEST, THE OPEN DOOR, KENTUCKY HUMANITIES, PADUCAH LIFE, PEGASUS. 
  • First Place in picture books; Honorable Mention
    for "The Gift of Her Uneven Flight"
    (story from book in progress), 2002. 
  • Numerous awards,
    Kentucky State Poetry Society, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001. 
  • Third Place in fiction,
    Green River Writers, 1996. 
  • Fiction Award,
    Paducah Community College Fine Arts Festival, 1994. 
  • Third Place in poetry,
    Conference of Cincinnati Women, 1989. 
  • Honorable Mention in poetry,
    WRITER'S DIGEST, 1987.
  • Honorable Mention in poetry,
    WRITER'S DIGEST, 1987.
  • Honorable Mention in fiction,
    Conference of Cincinnati Women, 1987. 
  • Honorable Mention for novel-in-progress
    (THE CHANGELING SUMMER),
    Illinois Wesleyan University Writers Conference,
    1983, given by Avi. 
Gerry grew up close to nature in western Kentucky, and lived in Cincinnati for many years. She returned to western Kentucky several years ago with her own family; assorted animals always find a warm welcome in her house on the edge of the woods.  She attended Centre College and was graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in zoology. English was a close second. As a newlywed in a small town, Gerry found scant employment, so she took to reading - mostly children's books. E.B. White and C.S. Lewis rekindled her childhood interest in writing, and she has been writing for children and adults ever since. 
Her credits include five books and more than 50 published stories, articles and poems that have appeared in Cricket, Hopscotch, St. Anthony's Messenger, New Moon, Children's Writer, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Australia's School Magazine, and a wide variety of other publications.
Gerry typically draws from her scientific knowledge of animals and their habitats, and her interest in nature and the environment, to develop her material. Several entertaining books are scientifically based on zoology and aimed at the middle grades. She often weaves themes of folklore and mythology into her writing. 
Gerry teaches enrichment courses, including writing, to middle-grade children, and gives visiting author talks to grades one through twelve. She has been a speaker for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and she has received numerous awards from the Kentucky State Poetry Society, where she serves as an officer. She also works part-time as an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature. 
EDUCATION:
University of Kentucky, B.S. in Zoology, 1977.
Centre College, 1973-1975. 
MEMBERSHIPS: 
Green River Writers
Kentucky State Poetry Society (Secretary)
Kentucky Writers' Coalition
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
McCracken County Friends of the Library (Board Member)
POSITIONS:
Institute of Children's Literature, West Redding, CT.
Instructor.
Dedication
for a good friend
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief or bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."
-Henri Nouwen, from Out of Solitude
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