GM 2018-07-29

G. M. Monks grew up in California, where she lived for many years with her husband. They recently moved to Pennsylvania. Besides writing short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction, she loves to travel, excluding the pandemic. She has visited Australia, Canada and many European countries. As a child, she visited Mexico. She enjoys visiting National parks in the Unites States. Yosemite and Yellowstone are her favorites. She has traveled to approximately forty-two states. She is over half fluent in French. Some of her favorite writers include: Sandra Cisneros, Ernest Hemingway, James Herriot, Georgia Hunter, Jack Kerouac, Barbara Kingsolver, Frank McCourt, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, and Arundhati Roy to name a few.

Her work has been published in: Best of Choeofpleirn Press, The Militant Grammarian, a journal of experimental fiction, issue 2 L’Esprit Literary Review (in the ModernDay 22 issue) Coneflower Cafe, Birdland Journal Vine Leaves Literary Journal, The Hunger, The RavensPerch, Embodied Effigies, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, GFT Press (twice), Kansas City Voices, Picayune, Alehouse, Bathtub Gin, and elsewhere.

Awards with publication include: runner-up in the Big Wonderful Press Funny Poem contest, finalist in the 2020 Breakwater Review Fiction Contest, and the 2022 Ben Nyberg Fiction Contest. She was a finalist in the Arts and Letters 2020 Unclassifiable Contest and received an honorable mention in the 2016 New Millennium Writings Award competition.  Two of her short stories were nominated for Best American Short Stories 2023, one of which was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her prose work was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and as a semifinalist in the 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.  One of her poems was reviewed in the New Hope International Review. She also co-authored two published research papers. Her debut novel Iola O, published by Bedazzled Ink, is now available for purchase. To find a local independent bookstore near you go to: