A seventh-generation Mississippian, Gerry grew up in the red clay hills of the north in the household with her maternal grandmother, a terrific storyteller. An only child, Gerry spent quiet hours immersed in the worlds of books and her own imagination.
Gerry is the author of Crosscurrents and Other Stories (Press 53, 2015) and a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship for 2015.
Gerry moves back and forth between short and long fiction. She has completed two novels—Spirit Lamp (literary historical fiction) and Whatever House (upmarket women’s fiction)–and is at work on a third. She returns to writing short fiction periodically, almost like coming up for air.
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. The story appears in Prime Number Magazine.61 and in the print anthology Prime Number Magazine, Editors’ Selections, Volume 4 available from Press 53.
The first chapter of Spirit Lamp won the “Best Of” award in Jane Hamilton’s novel workshop at Writers in Paradise, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida (2011) and was published in the conference anthology Sabal 2011: Best of the Conference Workshops.
Conferences / Workshops
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