Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza Tatrallyay escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was school captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka, Japan). Tatrallyay was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974. He completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. He represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Tatrallyay’s professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance, and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been semi-retired, managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing. Tatrallyay is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, with an American wife, a daughter living in San Francisco, and a son in Nairobi, and currently divides his time between Barnard, Vermont, and San Francisco. His published works include: “Sophie, My Dear” (short story translation from Hungarian), in Saturday Night, October, 1977; “A Wanderer’s Evensong” (after Goethe), Quarry, Summer, 1983, Volume 32/3; “Dawn Dreams,” American Poetry Anthology, Spring/Summer, 1983, Vol. II, No. 1-2; “Echoes,” Pierian Spring/Autumn, 1983; “Autumnal Question,” Quarry, Winter, 1984, Volume 33/1; “Let’s Give Business An Incentive It Understands” (with A.J. Cassils), Globe & Mail, October 21, 1988; “Portfolio Pollution, The Greenhouse Gas Risk Factor,” (with P. Bodnar), The RMA Journal, June, 2003; “Arctic Meltdown,” a political / environmental thriller, e-published on Amazon and Smashwords, December, 2011; Twisted Reasons, a collection of poems (P.R.A. Publishing, 2015); For the Children, the narrative memoir of the author’s escape from Hungary and immigration to Canada, (Editions Dedicaces, 2015); The Expo Affair, the memoir of three Czechoslovak girls who approached the author during Expo70, the world’s fair in Osaka, Japan to help them defect to Canada, (Guernica Editions, 2016); and “Café Scene,” SunStruck Magazine, April, 2016;
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