“Ramona” at American Short Fiction

Ginormous thank you to the folks at American Short Fiction for featuring my story “Ramona” and for helping me through edits. They made the pre-teen angst and the beating-outside-the-body human heart really pop. You can read the short piece here.Continue Reading

Late Night Library Reading

Here’s a short video from my reading at Late Night Library in Portland, OR last December. I read “Produce” and “Monster Drinks Chocolate Milk.”  Thanks for this wonderful evening, Late Night Library! .Continue Reading

“Dear John” is Story of the Week at Storyville

Thank you, Storyville, for featuring “Dear John” as your story of the week. Such a cool app! Here it is.Continue Reading

2 new poems

Thank you, Hobart, for featuring two of my poems–“Wednesday” and “Bear Hunt.” You can read them here.Continue Reading

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