merle harton

Merle Harton (circa 2001)

Merle Harton is a Southern American writer.  His experimental fiction has appeared in little press publications such as Back Porch, Paper Dance News, Satire, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, and elsewhere.  His first fiction collection, The Man Who Rowed Lake Pontchartrain and Other Stories, appeared in 2004. His new short-fiction collection, Twelve Stories from New Orleans [ISBN 978-0982430200] is now available from De Signis Press and from your favorite bookseller.

His nonfiction publications include works for historical and technical book/monograph audiences, software reviews, scholarly essays, and textbook reviews (philosophy, logic) for such publishers as McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, and Thomson/Wadsworth.

He is co-author of the historical study Signor Faranta's Iron Theatre (New Orleans, 1982).  His shorter nonfiction has appeared in BookScapes, the Jacksonville Business Journal, Computer Shopper, The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography, inCider Magazine, Inside Technology Training, Orlando Sentinel, Philosophical Quarterly, Tulane Medicine, and elsewhere.

He taught technology management at SUNY Delhi and logic and philosophy at Edward Waters College, a private historically black college affiliated with the AME Church, in downtown Jacksonville, Florida; for nearly a decade he taught entrepreneurship and philosophy at New York's Herkimer College.

During a period in exile in New Orleans, he was successful in several careers: as Research Editor for a French Quarter museum, as Medical Alumni Director for Tulane University, as Business and Network Administrator for a large multi-group medical practice, and as Manager of Human Resources and Corporate Training for a private insurance company.

Later, midstream in another career path (as campus dean at Florida Technical College, division dean at Herkimer College, and academic dean at Everglades University), a colleague confessed to him that, because he had changed careers so many times, his co-workers thought perhaps he was a CIA operative—or else someone in the US Federal Witness Protection Program.

He graduated Phi Kappa Phi from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in religious studies and earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from McMaster University (Canada).  He also studied at Florida State University and the University of Iowa.  Merle is a Florida native. He was born in DeLand, Florida, and obtained the majority of his pre-college education in military schools in Japan, Germany, Texas, and Washington, DC.

Merle is an evangelical Quaker Christian, in unity with Friends United Meeting (FUM).  He is single (divorced). He is also an avid surfer, shootist, cyclist, weight trainer, and a 2nd-degree black belt in Taekwondo.  He continues to work on his fluency in German. More information about Merle is available here.