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Gerald Martin Nicosia, American author, freelance writer. Certified High School teacher, Illinois. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (board directors midwest 1986-1988, west since 1991, Josephine Miles Literature Censorship award Oakland chapter 1998), Authors Guild.

Background

Nicosia, Gerald Martin was born on November 18, 1949 in Berwyn, Illinois, United States. Son of Peter and Sylvia Anna (Fremer) Nicosia.

Education

Bachelor, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1971;Master of Arts, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1973.

Career

He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English and American Literature, with Highest Distinction in English, from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1971 and 1973 respectively. He has written book reviews for the past 25 years for many major American newspapers including The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. Nicosia is probably best known as a biographer of Jack Kerouac.

He has also been an advocate and supporter of the late Jan Kerouac, Jack's estranged daughter. In 2001 Nicosia's "Home to War" was published. The book covers the problems faced by Vietnam Veterans returning to an ungrateful nation.

It also discusses the battle to stop the use of Agent Orange. In January, 2009, Nicosia edited and published Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory, containing photos and written essays and remembrances about her.

Achievements

  • Certified High School teacher, Illinois.

Works

Membership

Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (board directors midwest 1986-1988, west since 1991, Josephine Miles Literature Censorship award Oakland chapter 1998), Authors Guild.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, baseball, gardening, collecting books.

Connections

Married Marcia Selene Vincent, October 16, 1989 (divorced January 15, 1992. Married Ellen Louise Wilson, July 5, 1992.

father:
Peter Nicosia

mother:
Sylvia Anna (Fremer) Nicosia

spouses:
Marcia Selene Vincent

Ellen Louise Wilson