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

A song playlist for What You Are Now Enjoying

I had a wonderful time putting together this Book Notes piece for David Gutowski over at Largehearted Boy. In which I discuss how I can’t listen to music while I write and I never know the words to a song–but lately music has infused my family time, and I think my writing, in unexpected ways. Continue Reading

I’m no comic book scholar…

Thanks to David Abrams at the wonderful Quivering Pen for featuring my essay, “Radioactive Backstories,” in which I discuss the moment when an angsty, teenaged, cartoon-colored Wonder Woman with an affinity for dank airport bars and cheap margaritas slipped into one of my stories and refused to leave. You can read the essay here.Continue Reading

Win a copy of What You Are Now Enjoying over at Fiction Writers Review

What You Are Now Enjoying has been selected as the Book of the Week over at Fiction Writers Review. Three lucky winners will receive a copy of the book.  Simply follow them on Twitter (@fictionwriters) to be eligible for any of their Book of the Week drawings.Continue Reading

I write undomesticated domestic stories!

A huge, enormous thank you (and hug) to my friend Maria Mutch for interviewing me. And thank you to Fiction Writers Review for hosting us.  Maria and I chat about depression, humor, magical realism, Wonder Woman…  There is also a glowing key, and a raging snowstorm. You can read our conversation here.Continue Reading

I write fractured fairy tales!

Thank you to Jennifer Wisner Kelly at The Colorado Review for a very thorough and insightful review of What You Are Now Enjoying. “There is truth here, masked in the bizarre.” And she says I write fractured fairy tales.  I think I need a T-shirt with that on it now. You can read the reviewContinue Reading

Thank you, Einstein, for telling us that mystery lies “at the cradle of true art and true science.” I so often feel like a mad scientist.  And that’s okay.Continue Reading

Read my story “Produce” at The Coffin Factory!

Thanks to The Coffin Factory, you can check out a short piece from What You Are Now Enjoying. Eerie weeping. Eerie obsessions. Eerie fruit. And more! Check out “Produce” here.Continue Reading

Hayden’s Ferry Review calls my book a “phantasmagoric, unmapped wilderness,” and I think: “Wow. I want to go there.”

A huge, phantasmagoric thank you to Debrah Lechner at Hayden’s Ferry Review for her kind words about What You Are Now Enjoying.  “Life is sweet, harrowing, and sometimes horrifying. Sometimes there is loss, but sometimes there is rescue. There is a tender, tenuous line between the two, and Gerkensmeyer walks it brilliantly in What YouContinue Reading

Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!

  I am so honored to see What You Are Now Enjoying longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award alongside George Saunders, Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates, Claire Vaye Watkins, and so many other fantastic writers.  Here’s the list.Continue Reading