Photo by Christina Cannon Boteler. Used with permission.
Photo by Christina Cannon Boteler. Used with permission.

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.

Sample her nonfiction on the Blog page and find links to other publications here.

Awards

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


 Residencies

Rivendell Writers’ Colony

Ragdale Foundation

Hambidge Center


Social Media

Find Gerry on Facebook (@GerryWilsonAuthor), Twitter (@gerrywil), and Google+. She is a founding member of Wordsmith Studio, a writers’ collaborative founded in 2012.

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. It was so enjoyable to read your blog! I remember your dear parents so well, and my Mother absolutely loved your sweet Mother. I recently found a gardening poem that your Mother had written – most likely for the garden club members back in the 60’s! I would love to share it with you if you don’t already have a copy! My email: marylisepatterson@gmail.com

    1. Mary Lise! How amazing to hear from you here! I would love to have a copy of that poem. I don’t know that I ever saw it. I remember your parents so fondly, too. I’ll email you in a bit. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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