Merle Harton is a Southern American author and 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 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.
In addition to full-time service in college and university adminstration, he has taught at Delgado Community College, Florida Technical College, Herkimer College, SUNY Delhi, and Edward Waters College.