Gregory F. DeLaurier
                                                            Writer, Editor, Educator                                                             

 


                                                         

© 2008, Gregory F. DeLaurier. All rights reserved.

 

Hello.  Welcome to my website.  I'm Greg DeLaurier and that's me and my beautiful son, Jesse (I'm the one with the sunglasses).  I live in Melrose MA with Jesse and my wife Jeannette who's a lawyer, and privacy officer at Fallon Community Health Plan

I also have a grown daughter, Genevieve, who is the Managing Director of Rooftop Films, a very creative and socially responsible venue for underground and independent films.  (As with Jesse and Jeannette, she's beautiful too.  Lucky me.)

So, as this is my website, about me.

After having taught at Ithaca College for 11 years (and along the way getting my Ph.D. from Cornell University in Political Science, with concentrations in Chinese Politics and Political Theory), Jeannette and I headed to Boston to seek our fame and fortune.  She went to law school at Suffolk University, while working full time, and I mostly adjuncted--at Boston University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, UMass Lowell, and elsewhere.  I also got serious about writing and editing, though I'd done quite a bit of both before Boston.

I began writing for, first, Kirkus Reviews, and then, Publisher's Weekly.  I did probably 150 reviews, and though these gigs don't pay much, they're wonderful practice for any writer--trying to say what you have to say in 325 words is not easy, but helps you to diligently and ardently keeps those unnecessary and intrusive adverbs and adjectives to a minmum.

This led to review articles for the late, lamented, Boston Book Review, and reviews and articles in the Boston Globe, Dollars and Sense, New Political Science (where I was also an assistant editor), New Solutions , and elsewhere.

At UMass Lowell I met Chuck Levenstein and he asked me to collaborate with him, and Mary Lee Dunn, on a project which became the book The Cotton Dust PapersIt's the story of the power and politics behind the naming and recognition of an occupational disease, and the suffering workers experience until such recognition occurs.  It was well-received and is a good read.

I was fortunate to then become a project director for a joint Dana-Farber Cancer Insitutue/UMass Lowell effort: The Organized Labor and Tobacco Control Network.  As Labor Liasion, I worked with unions, other labor organizations, and tobacco control organizations across the country to help facilitate their collaboration in addressing the serious problem of smoking among 'blue-collar' workers.  I worked with many outstanding  organizations, among them two COSH (Commitee for Occupational Safety and Health) groups NYCOSH and MASSCOSH, The Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights .

Next, back to UMass Lowell where I became The Senior Grant Writer/Editor and Outreach Coordinator for the University's Office of Research Administration.  Among numerous other duties, I helped faculty edit, shape, and develop their grant proposals, and also assisted them with book manuscripts and journal articles.

You can probably get a clearer picture of all I've said above, and there's much more to add, by looking at my C.V. and Writing Samples, and also my blog  Two things have remained constant, however, throughout my rather convoluted work history: my love of teaching, my skill at editing.  I discovered early on--because no one in graduate school teaches you about teaching--that l Ioved teaching and was good at it.  Though, I now shy away from adjuncting as it can be pretty alientating and sure doesn't pay much (a terrible trend in higher education is the over-reliance on adjunct faculty).

Over the years I've edited just about everything, though it's tended to be 'academic' fare.  I find I edit with care, looking for the theme and the flow that may have escaped the author, finding what's missing and what's not needed; crtiquing and criticizing, but with respect for and encouragement to the author, as I know well that writing is difficult and always a risk.

So now I am in business for myself.  I hope you will consider using me as an editor for your project.  Please see my business page Write/Edit for more information.  I also am freelance writing, and I hope my Writing Samples page will give you a sense of how I write.  I am especially--but not exclusively--interested in book reviewing and criticism. 

Finally, I hope this site will allow me to be in contact with other people who love the written word.