Eugene M. Gagliano

Known by many as the teacher who dances on his desk, Eugene M. Gagliano (pronounced Galiano) is a retired elementary teacher whose author presentations are entertaining, informative and inspirational.  He has presented at 162 schools, and at IRA, teacher, SCBWI, and library conferences, and for libraries and festivals in Wyoming, Colorado, Missouri, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Texas and Hawaii.  Gene was the recipient of the IRA’s 2004 Wyoming State Celebrate Literacy Award and the 2001 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Gene’s book Dee and the Mammoth illustrated by Zachary Pullen, won the 2010-2011 Wyoming State Historical Society Award for Best Fiction.  *Dee and the Mammoth represented the state of Wyoming at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C in 2011.  His other books include C is for Cowboy, a Wyoming Alphabet; Four Wheels West, a Wyoming number Book (a former Western Writer’s Spur Award nominee); V is for Venus Flytrap, a Plant Alphabet; My Teacher Dances on the Desk (winner of the 2010 Delaware Diamonds Book List Children’s Choice Award); Secret of the Black Widow (a former Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award nominee); The Magic Box; Falling Stars; Inside the Clown; Booger; Little Wyoming, Angel’s Landing.  He has two new books coming out in 2018, Is It True (children’s humorous poetry) and Wedge of Fear (middle grade fiction). Gene, a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, is a member of Western Writers, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, International Literacy Association, Wyoming Writers, Wyoming Poets, Johnson County Arts & Humanities Council and is on the Wyoming Arts Council Artists Roster. Gene is the Wyoming State Poet Laureate.  Check out his website at

Listen to Gene’s interview on Book Talk Radio Club by clicking here.

Meet the “Teacher who dances on his desk.”