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George Fillingham

Born on a farm in rural Michigan, George attended a one room schoolhouse where he was one of two kids in his grade from 1st to 5th grade. His neighbor down the road was Virgil, and if he went left instead of right when going to school he would soon arrive at the door of a fellow named Homer.

Both his father and his mother had served in the military during World War II, his father in Europe in the Army, and his mother in the Waves. For a time his father was a reservist but returned to the active Army and thus began the multiple moves of the typical Army family from station to station. He lived in Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Augsburg, Germany; Ft. Hamilton, New York; Ft. Riley, Kansas; and Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

George then served his time in the military but chose not to make a career of it and in January of 1971, returned to San Antonio, Texas and began the life he considered his own. His parents are dead.

He has two fine grown boys, his eldest in Missouri and his youngest in Tennessee. He has one younger brother and three younger sisters.

He has loved poetry since the time he saw Robert Frost reading poems from a podium in a field.

His poems have appeared in regional journals since 1979. He has won a few local prizes, including 4 Night Rider awards from Hopkinsville Community College’s THE ROUNDTABLE.

He has appeared in the Brescia University Journal OPEN 24 HOURS, and most recently was published in the Sewanee Theological Review. He holds a BA in Drama from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, and an MA in English from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

He lives in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and works with families in crisis.

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