Tuesday, June 15, 2021

About William Hammett

I have been a ghostwriter and editor for twenty-two years, and the link to my professional website may be found in the sidebar of this site. I have also written novels, poetry, and short fiction under my own name. I received Masters degrees in English and Education from the University of New Orleans and taught writing and literature at the University of New Orleans, St. Mary's Dominican College, Delgado Community College, and Archbishop Chapelle High School.

I published short fiction and poetry in numerous literary journals around the country, including American Poets & Poetry, Poem, The Rockford Review, Pegasus, Twilight Ending, Parnassus Literary Journal, Black Buzzard Review, Lynx, Rose and Thorn, Poetry, The Lyric, Tight, Mojo Risin', Ship of Fools, and dozens of others. (See Copyright and Publishing Information in the Toolbar or on the Site Map for a complete listing.) I edited the Gold Newsletter (now Blanchard and Co.,) and wrote color pieces for weekly New Orleans newspapers such as Figaro.

I wrote the novel John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe, which was read by former members of the Beatles' inner circle. It was taught in courses on magical realism at several universities around the United States. My latest collaboration is American Coup with U.S. Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver. The mass market paperback edition was released on June 29, 2021. Some of my literary and philosophical influences are Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, Teilhard de Chardin, Billy Collins, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and novelist and family friend Walked Percy.

I am the cousin of legendary mystery novelist Dashiell Hammett. Our common ancestor is Mckelvie Hammett. Mckelvie had several children. One of his sons gave birth to my father's line, and another gave birth to Dashiell's. Both lines originated in Maryland. I began reading detective fiction as a child, and was encouraged by Perry Mason author Erle Stanley Gardner to pursue writing when I was older.

I'm proud to be a patron of St. Joseph Abbey (Covington, LA) and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans. I advocate for mental health, the elderly, environmental responsibility, political accountability, and the fight against world hunger. I have written extensively about (and for) people who have survived and extricated themselves from extremely abusive and dysfunctional relationships. My brother is a Benedictine priest who has, for fifty years, created ministries for the needy and marginalized in southeastern Louisiana.

My son (and the joy of my life), is Patrick Hammett, who majored in classical guitar at SLU (not for the faint of heart). He then received a Masters degree and state licensing and certification in marriage and family therapy and is currently clinical director at Longbranch Wellness in Abita, Louisiana, and Covington, Louisiana, where his areas of expertise include drug rehab and suicide prevention. Like me, he is a musician and plays classical, folk, rock, blues, and jazz. (He's much better than I am thanks to his classical training.)

I have ghostwritten for Hollywood celebrities both in front and behind the camera (e.g., "Everyone Loves Raymond," "The Simpsons," and The Wolf of Wall Street), politicians (U.S. senators and congressmen and White House staffers), CEOs, professional athletes, and published authors of fiction and nonfiction.

I am especially proud of the contribution that my family has made to the culture of New Orleans. My uncle, Louis Nicholas Hammett, was chief architect for the Louisiana State Capital in Baton Rouge, Charity Hospital of New Orleans, and New Orleans Lakefront Airport. My Uncle Harry (Henry Hammett) started the law firm of Hammett, Leake, and Hammett.

My grandparents, Joseph and Bernadine Hammett, made significant contributions to the funding for construction of Loyola University and Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Their names may be seen on two stain glass windows in the church. Joseph owned a grocery store and lumber yard on St. Andrew Street, and his wife Bernadine was a principal shareholder in Faubacher Brewery.

I recently signed on to help promote the song and website Revolution 1X1 (Revolution 1X1), a song by musician and singer Noel Paul Stookey (the "Paul" of Peter, Paul and Mary). The song seeks to create a world that is ruled by simple tolerance, kindness, and friendliness achieved one person at a time. The track is featured on Stookey's latest album/CD/streaming services (Just Causes), a compilation of fifteen songs. Each song, based on its theme, is linked to a different nonprofit charity associated with Stookey's political and social activism over the years.

My interests are pretty diverse and include classic literature, astronomy, music, the LPO, the guitar, lucid dreaming, theology, Ken Burns documentaries, swimming, philanthropy, film, politics, vinyl albums, and the many cultural influences of New Orleans, Louisiana. My goal is to live to 105.

I live near the waters of Lake Pontchartrain with my cat Munkastrap. Life is quiet but good.

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