An only child, Gerry grew up in the red clay hills of north Mississippi. Gerry spent quiet hours immersed in the worlds of books and her own imagination.
She’s the author of Crosscurrents and Other Stories (Press 53, 2015) and a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship for 2015. Crosscurrents was nominated for a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Award in 2016. Gerry is a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship for 2015. A short story, “Mating,” won the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Story.
Gerry has completed three novels, but she returns to writing short fiction periodically, almost like coming up for air.
Conferences / Workshops
Key West Writing Workshops 2020 (short fiction, Claire Messud)
Mississippi Book Festival: Short Story panelist, August 2016
The Lighthouse Lit Fest: Andre Dubus III, Long Narrative (novels and memoir) 2015, and Antonya Nelson, Advanced Short Fiction, 2014
Writers in Paradise: Ann Hood, Novel Workshop in 2013; Jane Hamilton, Novel Workshop, 2011
The Writers Institute Miami Dade College: Connie May Fowler and Dorothy Allison, Fiction Workshops, 2010
University of Nebraska Summer Writers Conference: Ron Hansen, Novel Workshop, 2007