About Me
David Harris-Gershon

There's a tendency sometimes among writers to construct this "about me" section in the third person, though I'm not entirely sure why. Perhaps it's our love for omnicient narration; perhaps it's the inner Bob Dole wanting to be freed; perhaps we simply regard a detached, look-at-me-from-above biography as more professional.

I admit I was tempted to write this section using a third-person narration. But then I thought, Wait. I'm writing this. And I'm a nonfiction writer. A memoirsit, for goodness sake. (Though I didn't use the word "goodness.")

So here goes, a quick personal sketch, which I wrote about myself, because that's what creative nonfiction writers do.

So, I grew up on the outskirts of Atlanta, dreaming of becoming an NBA point guard after winning the "Mr. Hustle" award at the Bobby Cremins Basketball Camp. (The engraved plaque still hangs in my childhood room, along with a framed bar mitzvah picture in which I'm wearing washed-out jeans, tight-rolled at the bottom, and a full bottle of hair spray.)

When visions of NBA stardom dissipated after scoring just one point during my junior-varsity season, I was set adrift – a short, scrappy Jewish kid betrayed by my inability to jump, shoot or play defense without it looking like a comedy routine.

Eventually, I made his way to the University of Georgia where, after escaping the clutches of Greek life, I took a class with the poet and mystic Coleman Barks. And while the experience did nothing to dampen my sarcastic nature and deadpan wit, it did turn my focus upon both writing and teaching (as well as a BA in English).

Seriously. Thanks Coleman!

Today, I'm a writer for Tikkun Magazine, an award-winning educator (I really did win a national award), and the author of What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? I received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and an MA in Education from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

I'm currently at work on another book which will undoubtedly have a shorter title.