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Dean of Students
Lieutenant Colonel In the New Mexico State Guard
Dean of American Indian Programs
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Native American Programs
U.S. Marine Corps
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo State College
George W. Clever will present "Indian Images" in the Prendergast Library Art Gallery Oct. 18 through Nov. 15.
He will greet guests and discuss his collection of paintings and traditional Delaware Indian cultural items during an opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18. Clever lives at Bear Lake near Stockton. He is an artist storyteller in the tradition of his Delaware (Lenape) American Indian Nation. Born to an ironworking family in Western New York and Pennsylvania, he has walked the edge of two worlds as a professor of mathematics and a seeker of the mysteries of his native past. Clever received a bachelor's degree from Buffalo State College and a master's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also did his doctoral studies. He taught art at a California high school and an art course for elementary teachers at Edinboro University. Besides elementary, secondary and university teaching, he served as assistant dean of student affairs for Native American Programs at Stanford University and as dean of students at Carl Sandburg College. He has published articles on mathematics education and student services, and has written about his life in a small Western New York steel town in the 1950s. A book of his poetry, Dancing with Grandfather, was published by Outskirts Press, and a short story book, Bear Lake Monster and Other Clever Stories, was released this year. Since retiring from New Mexico State University, he is also focusing on a work about his life experiences as a Native American, Lenape Nation and Unami Clan. He is a member of the United States Marine Corps League, served as a lieutenant colonel in the New Mexico State Guard, and worked for NASA. Clever has seven children and 12 grandchildren. He describes himself as an artist, musician, traditional Lenape straight dancer, and an elder in the Eastern Delaware Nation. He believes if one knows the past, one can better understand the future. He has exhibited at the Sinclairville Free Library, and information about his work is available at cleverartandbooks.com.
Author George Clever.
Below: George Clever, Ivory Fishgold and Beth Hadley. Local artist, performer, and writer George Clever, author of the poetry collection "Dancing with Grandfather" and the story collection "Bear Lake Monster and Other Clever Stories," credits much of his success to the Write Circle, a group of writers who meet Friday mornings at the Sinclairville Free Library. "Because of this group I've really improved my writing," Clever says. "This is not a hostile group," Clever says. "It's very supportive. Clever, who said he was the day's "token male," claimed that there were usually other men present, as well. And, as Clever stated, although the group is friendly and relaxed, if a member wants a critique of his or her more polished work, the other authors are happy to oblige. Clever has self-published two books with Outskirts Press, and is working on a third. His current project is a collection of stories about animals and the Delaware Indians called "Lenape Indian Animal Tales. And though his work often focuses on his Native American heritage and culture, Clever's life experiences have been so diverse and interesting that his readers can always be assured of new material. His poetry and stories reference everything from living in New Mexico and working at NASA to his retirement at Bear Lake. Clever didn't publish any of his creative writing until after he retired, but he had been dabbling in poetry for years before that. "I'm a retired mathematics professor," Clever says. "I had written professionally and published in my discipline. It was part of the business. I returned to my home area after I was widowed to raise my boys, and had time on my hands after I retired. I realized that I had been writing poems since the fifties, and I had saved those poems." Many of those poems found a home in Clever's collection "Dancing with Grandfather. But Clever explains that his poems are unique, and that the collection is not organized by topic. Readers of Clever's work know what some of those "things" are: In addition to teaching mathematics at the college level and working for NASA, Clever was dean of American Indian Programs at Stanford. He was at Wounded Knee with his brothers. He is a traditional dancer, attends two major Delaware gatherings each year, and belongs to the Eastern Delaware Nation in Pennsylvania. Clever's brother owns a marina and campground at Bear Lake, which is part of why Clever chose to live there. And though the small community of Bear Lake is relatively peaceful, the environment there gives him plenty of material to write about. His writing constantly reflects his life, and since life always brings new experiences, his writing stays fresh and interesting. Clever chose to go the self-publishing route for many reasons. Because he didn't start putting his poetry together in a collection until after his retirement, Clever didn't want to spend years shopping his book around to traditional publishers. However, this meant that Clever had to learn the ropes of self-publishing. "Books are not just sitting in warehouses anymore," Clever says. "People can pull them up online." There are drawbacks, though, which Clever acknowledges. "The real difference is with marketing," he says. "With traditional publishers, they help you with the marketing. When you self-publish, it's all up to you. And that takes time and resources. It takes time away from your actual writing." Clever has a real passion not just for writing, but for storytelling, and for passing those stories down to future generations. "I wanted to pass on stories to my children and grandchildren," he says. "When you do an ancestor search, you get 'Born,' 'Lived,' and 'Died.' But you don't get much information on the 'Lived.' These stories from life give my children and grandchildren the opportunity to get to know me a little better." To find out more about George Clever, his stories and poetry, go to his blog at www.cleverartandbooks.simplesite.com. Upcoming readings are scheduled for Patterson Library in Westfield on Tuesday, May 7 and Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton on Wednesday, June 19.
George Clever, a local author from Bear Lake, Stockton, will speak on writing and will promote his first book, ''Dancing With Grandfather,'' a story poem book.
His second book, ''Bear Lake Monster and Other Clever Stories,'' which is a collection of short stories, will be published soon. Clever earned a bachelor's degree from Buffalo State College and a master's from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also did his doctoral studies. He taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels and served as Stanford University Student Affairs for Native American Programs assistant dean. He also served at Carl Sandberg College as dean of students. During his professional education career, he published mathematics education and student services articles. He is an artist and a musician. He is also a member of the United States Marine League and served as a lieutenant colonel in the New Mexico State Guard. A Native American, he is a member of the Eastern Delaware Nation, a Lenape of the Unami Clan.
SINCLAIRVILLE - The Sinclairville Free Library announces that local author George Clever will speak at the library on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. and present his book of poetry, Dancing With Grandfather, published by Outskirts Press.
For the author, "poetry is an art form at once profoundly personal and transcendentally communal. It is an action we can take to release frustrations, return to balance in times of stress, examine the avenues that only mind and spirit can travel, and strengthen our connections to each other." Clever grew up in a small Western New York steel town in the 1950s. He earned a B.S. from Buffalo State College, and a M.Ed. from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also did his doctoral studies. Clever has taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels, served as assistant dean of student affairs for Native American Programs at Stanford University, and Dean of Students at Carl Sandburg College. He has published mathematics education and student services articles. A father of seven children, Clever is a member of the United States Marine Corps League, and served as a lieutenant colonel in the New Mexico State Guard. Upon retiring from New Mexico State University, his writing focus has been poetry, a book of short stories, and another on his life experiences as a Native American, Lenape, Eastern Delaware Nation and Unami Clan. Clever is a traditional artist and musician.
George Clever hired as Assistant Dean of Students -50% Native American Advisor and 50% Counseling Dean (a forerunner to future Residence Dean positions).