Gail Waldstein, M.D. practiced pediatric pathology for more than thirty-five years, writing numerous medical articles and book chapters, as well as teaching residents, fellows and medical students during those years at the University of Colorado Medical School and Children’s Hospital, then in Toledo, Ohio and at Wayne State and The Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
She began writing serious creative work in the mid-90s. Poetry, stories and essays have won numerous awards and her work appears in The Denver Post, 5280, Nimrod, New Letters, The MacGuffin, Carve, Bayou, The Potomac Review, Harpur Palate, Connecticut River Review, The Examined Life, Pearl, Zone 3, The Iowa Review, and numerous other journals and anthologies. A collection of nonfiction, The Mother Factor was a finalist in Zone 3, 2011. Two essays were nominated for the Pushcart.
She received the Rocky Mountain Women’s Foundation 1997/98; the Colorado Council for Arts, 2001; and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Grant, 2002.
She’s been admitted to competitive workshops in Detroit and in Iowa’s three-week advanced writing programs in poetry with Jorie Graham and Jim Galvin and in fiction with Marilynne Robinson. In addition she’s spent weeks in tutorials with a variety of mentors, including Sam Chang, Robin Hemley, Jonis Agee, Ron Carlson and three years writing with Pam Houston.
To Quit this Calling, Firsthand Tales of a Pediatric Pathologist, was a Bakeless finalist, 2005; published by Ghost Road Press, 2006. AfterImage, a poetry chapbook, was a finalist and published by Plan B Press, 2006. The Hauntings won first in Swan Scythe Press chapbook contest 2014, published 2015. (Interviewed by Ryan Warner on Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio, April, 2015.)
In 2013 an excerpt from her book Mind Riot appeared in Solstice Literary Review. Her novella, Picaflores was a finalist in Iron Horse Review and a semi-finalist in the Faulkner. Accident won honorable mention in the New Letters essay contest. In 2013 poems have been accepted or published in The Seven Hills Review, The Comstock Review, I-70, Broad River Review, Kaleidoscope, Switched on Guttenberg and she won first in the William Faulkner/ William Wisdom poetry contest 2013. Poem accepted in So To Speak 2014 and Penumbra, a short story, appeared on-line in Bluestem 2014, and will be published in Kaleidoscope, 2015.
Gail has served as a creative writing mentor in the Denver Public School Systems from 1998 through 2005, winning teacher of the year in 2003. She taught creative writing at DU Enrichment Program in 2010 and invited to teach again in 2015. She’s been teaching creative writing to Thornton High School Classes since 2011, including master classes, through the generous sponsorship of Lighthouse.
This instructor has the following classes scheduled:
Writing Science for grades 6-8 - starting 03/18/2017
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