Philip Gerard


Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. For more information about Philip, please visit his website.


7:18 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Ticking Tomb


Rickety chairs, a legend of a tinsmith and a woe-begone damsel waiting for her long-departed love: such is the stuff of any good ghost story.   Commentator Philip Gerard revisits his formative years, and uncovers a surprise twist to a harrowing tale from his teens.

Thursday Commentary
6:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012


Z_Dead, London, UK

Commentator Philip Gerard gives some serious thought to the state of the service industry.  From airline bottles to steam cleaning, modern hotel rooms provide a full menu of automated amenities.  And yet, it's the human element that's missing.   Sure, there's no one to tip - but nothing is ever on the house and come checkout, there's no such thing as spare change.

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Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Bully

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Commentator Philip Gerard is a firmly established man of letters, which may explain why it took him a bit longer than others to learn how to count. In today's tale, he remembers when the numbers game finally clicked, and thanks the bully that helped him reach his breakthrough. 

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

The Fact Behind the Facts

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As a budding journalist with his first front-page byline, Commentator Philip Gerard was understandably smug. 

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Thursday Commentary
7:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

My Father's War

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In this classic commentary, Philip Gerard challenges us to listen harder. 

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Thursday Commentary
11:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

The Midway

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From a young age, Commentator Philip Gerard knew the difference between right and wrong. 

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Thursday Commentary
6:30 am
Thu January 19, 2012

A Voice You Can Count On

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Pushing through a blizzard in the nerve-wracking company of big rigs one winter night, Commentator Philip Gerard feared he would not make it off of I-80 alive.

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Thursday Commentary
12:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Farm and Home

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Author and creative writing professor Philip Gerard is more likely to need a pen than a hammer in his day-to-day life.

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Thursday Commentary
12:25 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Panic in the Department Store

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Five-year-old Philip Gerard had little to look forward to on his annual back-to-school trip to the mall.

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Thursday Commentary
12:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Interstate Homecoming

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Road trips always seem to be filled with unexpected mishaps. 

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