George Longenecker

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George Longenecker was born in Salem. MA, about which he's written a poem. No witch jokes please! For 50 years he's lived in Vermont.
George was PSOV president from 2018 through 2021, and now serves on the Executive Council as executive secretary and past president. He was called to PSOV as he loves poetry and was impressed with the longevity of an organization that has been publishing and discussing poetry for 75 years.

George likes working with the organization, and with individual poets. His favorite events have been the PoemCity readings, our PSOV summer workshops, and our PSOV readings on Zoom.
In his professional life, he was a professor in the Department of English, Humanities and Social Sciences at Vermont Tech, teaching comp-lit, history, geography, and several lit courses.

The land and the outdoors influence his writing. Birds and trees are woven into many of his poems. Historical places and events inspire him, as do people he knows and loves. The list of people who have inspired his writing is long, but he lists Marge Piercy and Wistawa Szymborska.

George's book Star Route came out in 2018. His biggest literary accomplishment in 2021 was having his short story “Acquisitions” in the anthology 2021 Best Short Stories from the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. George writes lots of poems, and gets lots of rejections, but has had work in Bryant Literary Review, Evening Street Review, Gyroscope Review, Main Street Rag, Cooweescoowee, and of course our own Mountain Troubadour. He's found that by living long enough, and sending in enough work, he's been able to have quite a lot published. He also writes commentaries and book reviews.

George lives in Middlesex, on the edge of the woods, with his love and muse Cynthia Martin and their dog Aiko. They have a daughter Julia Martin Longenecker, who lives with her husband Tim in Ross Township, PA. George is the oddball in the family, as both his wife and daughter are left-handed and were born in Vermont. They appear in many of his poems.