Philip Gambone was born 21 July 1948 in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He completed his B.A. at Harvard College and M.A. at the Episcopal Divinity School. Gambone is a writer of various genres, ranging from fiction to non-fiction, anthologies, scholarly articles and journalism. His works center on gay and lesbian culture, as well as ancient and modern Chinese history and literature. Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (2010) provides a compilation of interviews with gay and lesbian writers and artists throughout the United States.
Gambone's The Language We Use Up Here (Dutton 1991) and Beijin (Wisconsin 2003) were nominated for Lambda Literary Awards, and Something Inside: Conversation with Gay Fiction Writers (University of Wisconsin Press 1999) was named one of the "Best Books of 1999" in Pride. Gambone has also found a place for his work in Best American Short Stories, 1989 (Houghton Mifflin), and has received artist's fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
Gambone worked as a writing instructor for the University of Massachusetts, Boston College and Harvard's expository writing program. He was a faculty member for twenty-seven years at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Now, he teaches English at Boston University Academy and Harvard's Extension writing program.
For his work as an instructor, Gambone received the Distinguished Teaching Citations from Harvard and the James Conway Excellence in Teaching Writing Award (1991).
Boston University Academy, Faculty Lecture Series: Phil Gambone, "Four Great Poets of the Tang Dynasty." Accessed 7 June 2011. http://www.bu.edu/academy/2011/01/07/fls-gambone/
Harvard University Extension School, Philip Gambone, Instructor in English, Boston University Academy. Accessed 7 June 2011. http://www.extension.harvard.edu/about/faculty/philip-gambone.jsp;jsessionid=FLNNAMPPEAII
Gambone, Philip. Accessed 2 June 2011. http://www.philipgambone.com/bio.htm
Gambone, Philip, Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010).