David George 1930-2003
Sacramento poet and writer David George will be remembered for enormous contributions in the field of poetry, seminal research and publication on Flamenco and Gypsy culture, and by all those whose lives he touched. Widely published in Europe and America, David spent 25 years in Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East, domiciled mostly in Spain but also in Morocco, Egypt and Turkey. A US Army veteran of the Cold War era, he served as a member of the Counter-Intelligence Corps in Germany and Austria, plus duty in Asia and Washington, D.C. He lectured at various European and American universities on art and anthropology, and exhibited his paintings and photographs in London, Munich, Madrid, Venice and elsewhere. An award-winning poet and prolific writer, David George’s work has been published in over one hundred literary magazines and anthologies, including The Anthology of Magazine Verse and The Yearbook of American Poetry. He has won numerous awards, including several nominations for the Pushcart Prize, the 1997 Erika Mumford Award from the New England Poetry Club for his Tahitian Sketches, Grand Prize winner of the Pennsylvania Poetry Society National Poetry Contest for American Gothic, both first and third prizes in the 1996 West Haven Connecticut Council for the Arts National Poetry Contest, for Landscape with the Fall of Icarus and Things of the Sea Belong to the Sea, the title poem of a forthcoming book based on his years in Surfside, California. He received the Sacramento Metropolitan Art Commission’s Works in Performance Award, which included publication of his book Lamentations for Emmanuel (Wooden Angel Press). His 1969 book on gypsies and asuntos gitanos, The Flamenco Guitar (Society of Spanish Studies) was one of the many products of his years living among the gypsies on Andalucia, and is widely regarded as a ground-breaking work in what was at the time a non-existent field. Born and raised in Wisconsin (BA degree UW-Milwaukee; graduate studies at Marquette University), he completed advanced degrees in Indiana (MA), California (MA) and Florida (Ph.D.), while dividing his time
between Europe and the United States.