BIO

GM 2018-07-29

G. M. Monks grew up in California and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. Besides writing short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction, she loves to travel. She has visited Australia, Canada and many European countries. As a child, she visited Mexico. National parks are her favorite places 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, 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: The Hunger, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, The RavensPerch, Embodied Effigies, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, GFT Press (twice), Kansas City Voices, Picayune, Alehouse, Bathtub Gin, and elsewhere. She was the runner-up (with publication) in the Big Wonderful Press Funny Poem contest and received an honorable mention in the 2016 New Millennium Writings Award competition.  Her prose work was selected as a semifinalist in both the 2015 and 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and 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: https://www.indiebound.org