Sherrie Flick portrait
Photograph by James Simon

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness (University of Nebraska Press), a semi-finalist for the VCU First Novelist Award and two short story collections: Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars (Autumn House Press). Named a 2016 Entropy best fiction book, Whiskey, Etc. won the Foreword INDIES bronze prize for best story collection and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer and Phillip McMath Post-Publication awards. “What It Would Look Like,” a story from Thank Your Lucky Stars was performed virtually for NYC’s Symphony Space in 2020. “Heidi is Dead” aired on NPR’s Selected Shorts in December 2022.

Her fiction is included in many anthologies and journals, including Norton’s Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, and New Micro as well as Ploughshares, Puerto del Sol, Booth, and Western Humanities Review. Her third short story collection is forthcoming from Autumn House Press in 2025.

Her nonfiction has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Creative Nonfiction, New England Review, Belt Magazine, Ploughshares, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. At the P-G she writes a monthly column: “From a Writer’s Urban Garden.” She has a collection of essays, Homing: Instincts of a Rustbelt Feminist, forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in September 2024. “All in the Family: Waldo and His Ghosts,” an essay from the collection, was named a “notable essay” in The Best American Essays 2023.

She has received fellowships from the Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Creative Nonfiction Foundation, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Her awards include a 2023 Creative Development Award, six PA Partners in the Arts grants, an “Arts Experience Initiative” grant from The Heinz Endowments, a Golden Quill Award, two Artist Opportunity Grants, and a Work of Art Award for Artistic Vibrancy from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

Flick is co-editor for the 2023 anthology Flash Fiction America (W. W. Norton), senior editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, and series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018 (Braddock Avenue Books) with guest editor Aimee Bender. She served as editorial assistant for Western Pennsylvania History magazine, Associate Curator of Education at the Frick Art & Historical Center, and co-director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. She has taught interdisciplinary writing programs for many organizations, including Carnegie Museum of Art and the Pittsburgh Office for Public Art. She works as a manuscript consultant and as a senior lecturer at Chatham University.

Co-founder and Artistic Director for the Gist Street Reading Series (2001-2010), she serves on the advisory board for Braddock Avenue Books and teaches in Carlow University’s Mad Women in the Attic program.

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