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About Phil Gambone

Philip Gambone is a writer of fiction and nonfiction.   His debut collection of short stories, The Language We Use Up Here, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.  His novel, Beijing, was nominated for two awards, including a PEN/Bingham Award for Best First Novel.


Phil has extensive publishing credits in nonfiction as well.  He has contributed numerous essays, reviews, features pieces, and scholarly articles to several local and national journals including The New York Times Book Review and The Boston Globe.  


His longer essays have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Hometowns, Sister and Brother, Wrestling with the Angel, Inside Out, Boys Like Us, Wonderlands, and Big Trips.


Phil’s book of interviews, Something Inside: Conversation with Gay Fiction Writers, was named one of the “Best Books of 1999” by Pride magazine.  His Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans was nominated for an American Library Association Award.


Phil’s scholarly writing includes biographical entries on Frank Kameny in the Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford) and Gary Glickman in Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook.  He has also written three chapters on Chinese history for two high school textbooks published by Cheng and Tsui.

He is a recipient of artist’s fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council.  He has also been listed in Best American Short Stories.


Phil has taught high school English for over forty years.  He also taught writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston College, and in the freshman expository writing program at Harvard.  He was twice awarded Distinguished Teaching Citations by Harvard.  In 2013, he was honored by the Department of Continuing Education upon completing his twenty-fifth of teaching for the Harvard Extension School.

Phil's most recent book, As Far As I can Tell: Finding My Father In World War II, a memoir about tracing the route his father made across Europe during World War II, was voted one of the Best Books of 2020 by Boston.com, the online version of the Boston Globe.