Philip Gerard is the author of three novels and five books of nonfiction, as well as numerous essays, short stories, radio commentaries, an hour-long radio drama, and eleven documentary scripts for public television. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is co-editor with his wife, Jill Gerard, of Chautauqua, the literary journal of Chautauqua Institution, N.Y.. His collection of personal essays, The Patron Saint of Dreams, was released by Hub City Press in 2012 and was awarded the North American Gold Meal for Essay/Creative Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher. Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina is forthcoming from University of North Carolina Press in Spring 2013. He is the recipient of the 2012 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina, an honor shared by Tom Wicker, David Brinkley, and Fred Chappell, among others. Currently he is embarked on a four-year-long series of historical narratives exploring the Civil War in North Carolina.
Work by Philip Gerard has been included in Issues 14.2, 13.1, 10, 7.2, and 5.2.