David Gershator










David Gershator graduated from the City College of New York, same year as Colin Powell who, like Gershator, was assigned to remedial English. Both agreed they were in the wrong class and got out with no damage done. The professor of that class later hired Gershator to teach English at CUNY. (Powell went on to other battlefronts).

Lorca jacket
Following up on his youthful discovery
of Poeta en Nueva York, Gershator studied
with Lorca’s brother, Professor Francisco
García Lorca, at Columbia University
and subsequently edited and translated
the poet’s letters in Federico García Lorca:
Selected Letters
(New Directions).

After receiving a doctorate in Comparative Literature from New York University, DG
taught over the years at various universities, including Rutgers, Brooklyn College, Long Island University, and the University of the Virgin Islands. 

In the 1970’s and ‘80’s he co-edited Downtown Poets, a small cooperative poets’ press in New York, and participated in readings in and around Manhattan. He was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a New York State creative artists’ grant, among other awards. Poet and translator Aaron Kramer wrote that his work was “powerful,” and that “the lyrical thrust is of a high order.”

Gershator’s poetry can be found in chapbooks, several anthologies, numerous print and online magazines, including The Caribbean Writer, and free verse collections Elijah’s Child (CCC, NY), Play Mas (Downtown Poets, NY), and Aztec Autopsies (Solar Noon Books, VI). His creative non-fiction appears in Home Planet News and Contemporary Haibun.
Next projects––two poetry collections: Dividing Jerusalem and American Alien.
Aztec Autopsies

Before and after Home Planet News went online, Gershator served as a reviewer for the arts quarterly from his hermit’s hideaway in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


As a visual artist, Gershator studied print making at Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop and the Art Students League in N.Y.C. He has exhibited his acrylics, prints, and multimedia work in group and solo shows at several St. Thomas venues: the Reichhold Center Gallery, Caribbean Colour, St. Thomas Gallery, St. Peter’s Greathouse, Lilienfeld House, and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Gershator’s love of words and music led him to songwriting and creating a CD of original children’s songs, several based on children’s books which he co-authored with his wife, Phillis. He and his wife also collaborated on another project––raising a son and daughter.

DG's other current projects: putting together collections of haibun and creative non-fiction, including his childhood experiences in Haifa during WW II. 

Portrait by Morton Dimondstein
Acrylic on paper