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Author Archives: sarah

2 Pushcart Nominations!

A huge thank you to Autumn House Press and            B O D Y for nominating my work (“The Cellar” and “The Woman Whistles”) for the Pushcart Prize.  I wrote both of these pieces (one a piece of flash fiction and the other a poem) during my youngest son’s erratic napsContinue Reading

A prose poem up at B O D Y

B O D Y is a stellar international literary journal based in Prague, and I’m honored to have a poem published there.  They were so kind to give it such a good home, roving unicorn and all.  You can read “The Woman Whistles” here.Continue Reading

Stalked by Author Stalker

Lauren Dlugosz at Author Stalker dug WHAT YOU ARE NOW ENJOYING out of the trash (or: She found it in the neat stack of books that a book reviewer on her street leaves near the sidewalk each week.  But still).  And Lauren read the book.  And she liked it.  And she interviewed me. You canContinue Reading

Getting Messy at The Story Prize blog

The Story Prize is featuring essays by writers who have entered this year’s contest.  I write about how my two-year-old almost never comes home from Little School in the same clothes he was wearing that morning.  Messes are good.  And I’m trying to learn about this in my writing.  You can read the essay here.Continue Reading

A 5-Tiny-Toe Rating and Review from Tiny TOE Press!

In his review of WHAT YOU ARE NOW ENJOYING, Michael Davidson at Tiny TOE Press shares his marginalia from the book. “It’s as if the book is crying on us.” “Fabulist fiction leans toward legend. [Gerkensmeyer’s] fabulist fiction is somehow tinged with realism and psychology.” I had so much fun reading this strange and beautifullyContinue Reading

A review of WHAT YOU ARE NOW ENJOYING at Necessary Fiction

Thank you to Maggie Desmond-O’Brien over at Necessary Fiction for reading my book and taking the time to think about my “broken, introspective heroines.”  Reading this review was like poking around in my own underwear drawer. Here it is.Continue Reading

A chat with the Normal School about my not-so-normal stories.

  This was such a fun interview.  Thank you, Nicole, for the tough questions. You can read our conversation here.Continue Reading

Late Night Library is the land of rock stars!

Jumping for joy because they have an interview AND a review of What You Are Now Enjoying up over at Late Night Library.  W.M. Lobko says I made him cry.  I owe him a box of chocolates, right?  A motorcycle? Click here for the review. And click here for the interview.Continue Reading

A podcast from my reading at Sunday Salon Chicago

Patrick Somerville introduces me to the crowd as “twisted, dark, and warm.”  I discuss Taco Bell and then read from my story about breastfeeding as a form of group therapy. Thank you Sunday Salon Chicago for having me.  And thank you Booked for sharing this podcast! You can catch me here at the twelve minuteContinue Reading

The Motherhood Fantastic: a fantastic review from Literary Mama

I am thrilled that Susan Barr-Toman from Literary Mama enjoyed What You Are Now Enjoying. “Most of her stories rest on a realistic foundation but tilt toward the curious, the uncomfortable, the bizarre.” Too often, the worlds of motherhood and writing can feel separate.  Thank you to Literary Mama for being a place to discussContinue Reading

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