Gil OttA widely published essayist and poet, Gil Ott is Editor and Publisher of Singing Horse, a literary press. Now in its 22nd year of continuous operation, Singing Horse has produced over seventeen titles by emerging poets and writers, with a particular emphasis on women and writers of color. The journal Paper Air, which the Press published from 1976 through 1990, was the recipient of an Editors' Award from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses in 1985.
Gil's own writing has won several awards, including fellowships from the Headlands Center for the Arts (California), and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has published eleven books of poetry, including The Yellow Floor (Sun & Moon, 1985), within range (Burning Deck, 1987), Public Domain (Potes & Poets, 1989) and The Whole Note. Essays focusing on the role of the arts in social change have appeared in American Poetry Review, High Performance, American News Service, M/E/A/N/I/N/G, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Cultural Democracy, and other sources.
Gil is a fundraising professional with over fifteen years' experience in cultural and community-based nonprofit management. From 1981 through 1995, he worked at Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center, first conducting a capital campaign, then creating an extensive network of community-based arts and educational collaborations. Currently, he serves as the first Director of Development for Liberty Resources, a consumer-run organization which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Community Education Center and Point Breeze Performing Arts Center.