About Me

Eugene M Gagliano was born on May 14, 1946 in Niagara Falls, New York. Gene’s love of nature developed early in the suburbs just outside the woodlands and farmlands of Niagara Falls. His interest in books was sparked after reading Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner, author of The Boxcar Children. Dr. Dolittle books and horse stories by Walter Farley helped further his love of reading.

He began writing poetry in seventh grade with the encouragement of his English teacher, Mrs. Erwin. His poems were published in national high school and college anthologies. After a visit to the school where he taught by Wilson Rawls, author of Where the Red Fern Grows, Gene knew he wanted to write for children.

Gene’s love for children began with a loving Italian family. He and his wife Carol have four children and four grandchildren. Gene has an A.A.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture, and graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He taught in grades K-5 for 34 years. Now he is a full time writer and author presenter.


4 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Lori Kirchoff says:

    Hi Gene, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your keynote talk yesterday for the Wyoming Library Association conference. I have ordered your young children’s books for my grandson Owen who is 3 and your funny poetry book ” My teacher dances on the desk” for my best friend who is in her final year as a kindergarten teacher in Pennsylvania from Amazon. I would like to get the book Dee and the Mammoth but cannot find it in Amazon – would I need to contact Casper College to purchase it perhaps?

    When I was in high school, one of my poems was also published in that year’s edition of Young America Sings!

    Listening to you talk yesterday, I was reminded of a good friend I knew in high school and college. He was a kind and funny young man and I like to think he has grown into a kind and funny senior citizen, just like you!

    Best wishes,
    Lori Kirchoff
    Campbell County Public Library
    Gillette, Wyoming

    • Gene says:

      Hi Lori,
      I apologize for not responding to you comments. I always forget to check my comments because I don’t usually get any.
      Your thoughtful response is the only one I received about my webinar, so it means a lot to me. I plan to call you today to answer your questions.

      Best regards,

  2. Ricky Rives says:

    Hi Mr G, I always wondered why you had us read “Where the Red Fern Grows” it was a wonderful book and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I still love to read and devour all types of literature. Thank you for being one of the great teachers I had the privilege of learning under.

    • Gene says:

      Hi Rick,
      I just found your comment, “my bad”. I appreciate your kind words and it makes me happy that I helped you become a reader. It was great to see you again! You made my day, and I hope our paths cross again. I will be at the Teacher’s Corner in Gillette on February 18th for a signing. Stop by if you can!
      Mr. G.

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