Eric A. Kimmel

Eric A. Kimmel

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended P.S. 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. My junior high school was named after a pirate—really! My classmates and I discovered this when our social studies teacher asked us to find out who Andries Hudde was. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy writing about pirates. If it hadn’t been for Captain Hudde, I may have never written Blackbeard’s Last Fight.
Brooklyn College was across the street from my high school, so I didn't want to go there. I headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania, where I graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in English literature.
I worked as an elementary school teacher at P.S. 68 in Manhattan while working on my masters degree at New York University. From there I went to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where I worked as a teacher and librarian. I spent a lot of time lying on St. Thomas' beautiful beaches.
Returning to reality, I finished my Ph.D. degree in Education at the University of Illinois in 1973. I taught courses in language arts, children's literature, and storytelling at Indiana University at South Bend in South Bend, Indiana, from 1973 to 1978, and from 1978 to 1993 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. I retired from college teaching in 1993 to become a full-time writer. I still hold the rank of professor emeritus of Education at Portland State.
I had wanted to be an author since I first discovered ba


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