Award-winning Wyoming Children’s and Young Adult author Eugene Gagliano is known by many as “the teacher who dances on his desk.” Gagliano will speak at CCPL on Sunday, January 26 at 2 p.m.
During his entertaining, interactive, informative, and inspirational program for all ages, Gagliano will give a brief overview of his books and share some of his humorous poems. He will also talk about the writing process and how characters are created using hats and wigs as props, and discuss how good writers show, not tell, in writing.
Known by many as the teacher who dances on his desk, Eugene M. Gagliano (pronounced Galiano) is a retired elementary teacher whose author presentations are entertaining, informative and inspirational. He has presented at 125 schools, and at IRA, teacher, SCBWI, and library conferences, and for libraries and festivals in Wyoming, Colorado, Missouri, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Texas and Hawaii. Gene was the recipient of the IRA’s 2004 Wyoming State Celebrate Literacy Award and the 2001 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Gene’s book Dee and the Mammoth illustrated by Zachary Pullen, won the 2010-2011 Wyoming State Historical Society Award for Best Fiction. Dee and the Mammoth represented the state of Wyoming at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C in 2011. His other books include C is for Cowboy, a Wyoming Alphabet; Four Wheels West, a Wyoming number Book (a former Western Writer’s Spur Award nominee); V is for Venus Flytrap, a Plant Alphabet; My Teacher Dances on the Desk (winner of the 2010 Delaware Diamonds Book List Children’s Choice Award); Secret of the Black Widow (a former Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award nominee); The Magic Box; Falling Stars; Inside the Clown and Little Wyoming.