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Queen’s Ferry Press will publish Whiskey, Etc., a short story collection, in March 2016.
Sherrie published her debut novel Reconsidering Happiness with Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press as part of their Flyover Fiction series in 2009. Chuck Kinder called it “A big beautiful Buick of a book.” She is also author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume, 2004). John McNally warned, “These are late-night stories, told after midnight, a femme fatale whispering sad and unraveled and lusty tales into your ear.”
Her stories are included in many anthologies, including: Flash Fiction Funny (Blue Light Press, 2013), Hair Lit Vol 1 (Orange Alert Press, 2012), Keeping the Wolves at Bay (Autumn House, 2010), Sudden Fiction (Norton, 2007), Flash Fiction Forward (Norton, 2006), Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction (MAMMOTH, 2003), and You Have Time for This (Ooligan, 2007). Her essay “Flash in a Pan” appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, 2009.
These journals and reviews have recently published her flash fiction: Bear Review Passages North, Cortland Review, Corium, Prime Number, Weave, Ploughshares, Drunken Boat, Los Angeles Review, Hot Metal Bridge, and Booth. Over the years, her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Quarterly West, Quarter After Eight, Puerto del Sol, Manoa, Northwest Review, Quick Fiction, Black Warrior Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and Freight Stories, among others.
She has received artist residencies from the The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2006, she was honored as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40.” She has also received an individual artist fellowship from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, multiple PA Partners in the Arts grants, and an Artistic Vibrancy Award from The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council as well as two City of Pittsburgh Proclamations for her work in the literary community.
She served as writer-in-residence at Salem College, Winston Salem, NC in January 2011. She now regularly teaches in Chatham University’s MFA and Food Studies programs.
Over the years, Sherrie has led interdisciplinary writing workshops in many arts institutions, including Carnegie Museum of Art and Silver Eye Center for Photography. She often helps curate literary programs in alternative settings, such as Wood-Fired Words with UnSmoke Art Space in Braddock, Pa. and as part of Jill Larson’s Mean Girls exhibition at Space Gallery in Pittsburgh.
Sherrie is a regular food columnist for Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine, writes occasional food essays for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has food essays in Ploughshares, Superstition Review and Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food.
For ten years, Sherrie served as artistic director and co-founder of the Gist Street Reading Series. For six years, she worked as Associate Curator of Education at the Frick Art & Historical Center. For five years, she worked as a professional baker. She helped co-found Into the Furnace a small, urban writing residency in Braddock, Pennsylvania and its offshoot Out of the Forge, a residency for post-MFA writers. She serves on the advisory boards for Braddock Avenue Books and Words Without Walls. She recently joined The Chautauqua Writers’ Festival as co-director with Phil Terman and Lori Jakiela.
A freelance writer and editor, she lives on the South Side of Pittsburgh with her husband, Rick Schweikert. She is hard at work on a second novel.