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Gary Glickman & David Leavitt

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Gary Glickman (born March 20, 1959) is a psychotherapist—a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Santa Monica, on Ocean Park Boulevard. He was for many years David Leavitt's life-partner. After graduation Leavitt moved to New York where he lived at first with some fellow students and later with Gary Glickman. From New York Gary Glickman later moved with his partner in East Hampton, a favorite place of many famous writers, and he went in New York a few times on business travel, maintaining his small apartment.

Gary Glickman grew up in a once-small town in New Jersey (Morristown), and studied Music and Literature at Brown University. He earned an MFA in Writing from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, published a novel, taught writing, and lived many places—Boston, Provincetown, New York, Rome—before making his home in California, and earning his second masters degree, this time in Counseling and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, a program grounded in Jungian, Imaginal, and Archetypal Psychology. His doctorate, from The Chicago School of Psychology, is in Somatic Psychology. His dissertation is a study of how somatic psychotherapists understand gender, and work with it in clinical practice. (Picture: David Leavitt)

He trained in Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine’s Foundation for Human Enrichment. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the UCLA Extension Writers Program since 1996. In 2000 he was honored with the School of the Arts Outstanding Instructor Award.

He has worked in several mental health clinics in Los Angeles, including Jewish Family Services of Santa Monica, and for four years was the resident therapist at the Kruks Tilsner Transitional Living Program for young adults, part of the Youth Services department at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, in Hollywood. He has been in private practice in Santa Monica since 2002.

David Leavitt and Gary Glickman, 1987, by Robert Giard
David Leavitt is an American novelist. Leavitt's partner since the late '70 (and until before 1992) was Gary Glickman, the author of Years From Now and Aura. After graduation Leavitt moved to NY where he lived at first with fellow students and later with Glickman. From NY he later moved with his partner in East Hampton, a favorite place of many writers, and he went in New York a few times on business travel, maintaining the Glickman's small apartment. Around 2000, Glickman moved to Santa Monica.


Gary Glickman, 1987, by Robert Giard
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (

Further Readings:

Aura (Southern Tier Editions) by Gary Glickman
Paperback: 345 pages
Publisher: Harrington Park Pr; 1 edition (April 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560235047
ISBN-13: 978-1560235040
Amazon: Aura

A tale of 5 friends, ambitious artists all, who live and play together in New York in the mid-seventies. As the years pass some find their success, while others remain in obscurity, and their relationships are tumultuous. Two decades later, will each be able to look back and see the real accomplishments?

More Particular Voices at my website:, My Ramblings/Particular Voices

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