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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eckhard Gerdes  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959

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Illinois Connection

Gerdes lives in Geneva, Illinois and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gerdes is an American novelist and editor. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Published Works

  • Projections, Depth Charge Press, 1986
  • Ring in a River , Depth Charge Press, 1989
  • Truly Fine Citizen , Highlander Press, 1992
  • John Barth, Bearded Bards & Splitting Hairs: The Journal of Experimental Fiction Seventeen, AuthorHouse, 2001
  • Cistern Tawdry , Fugue State Press, 2002
  • Przewalski's Horse , Red Hen Press, 2006
  • The Million-Year Centipede, or, Liquid Structures , Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2007
  • Journal of Experimental Fiction, Six Gallery Press, 2007
  • My Landlady the Lobotomist, Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2008
  • The Unwelcome Guest plus Nin and Nan, Enigmatic Ink, 2010
  • Hugh Moore, Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2010
  • Three Psychedelic Novellas, Enigmatic Ink, 2012
  • The Sylvia Plath Cookbook: A Satire,, 2012
  • Journal of Experimental Fiction 39, JEF Books, 2012
  • 23 Skidoo! 23 Form-Fitting Poems, Finishing Line Press, 2013
  • How to Read, Guide Dog Books, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ring in a river /
ISBN: 0595183557. OCLC Number:

Authors Choice Press ;. San Jose, Calif. :. ©2001.

Truly fine citizen :
ISBN: 0913617091. OCLC Number:

Highlander Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. ©1989.

An unremarkable bookstore manager has interplanetary responsibilities that take him from this world to others.

John Barth, bearded bards & splitting hairs /
ISBN: 059520466X. OCLC Number:

Writers Club Press ;. San Jose, Calif. :. ©2001.

Cistern Tawdry /
ISBN: 1879193094. OCLC Number:

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Przewalski's horse :
ISBN: 1597090204. OCLC Number:

Red Hen Press,. Los Angeles, Calif. :. ©2007.

"Keith and Shelly Fine have been living a typical working class life in Dubuque, Iowa. He's a postal worker, they have a little son named Bobby, and Shelly's a bartender who's cheating on her husband. When Keith discovers her infidelity, he leaves his job, his family, and his home and hits the road. He hopes to find some remaining fragment of who he had once been. He's been following a newspaper column called "Adrian's Adventures" in the Chicago Daily Mail, and, though entertaining, these columns get under his skin. He sets off for Chicago, where he had lived once, in order to confront this 'Adrian,' who sounds like he knows every thing, and to reconnect with his own earlier life. En route he comes across an assortment of very odd characters, including a tavern-sponsored softball team, a biker named Chowder Rat who writes "biker fiction," a pretentious upper-class couple who belong to a religious cult, and eventually Adrian himself, a man whose real name is Jackson Berlin and who is suffering from delusions of a Martian invasion. Keith eventually realizes that Keith has feelings for a single mother named June who works at a diner he had gone to for a long time, so he eventually turns his attention away from the disconnection of life on the fringe of society and works towards building a new life with a new family, even turning his back on Bobby. Keith, apparently, is caught up in his own personal hegira, and eventually has to escape himself and retreat into the safety of relationship."--BOOK JACKET.

The million-year centipede, or, Liquid structures /
ISBN: 1933293357. OCLC Number:

Raw Dog Screaming Press,. Hyattsville, Md. :. ©2007.

"Wakelin, frontman of seminal rock group The Hinge, once wrote a poem so prophetic that to ignore its wisdom is to doom yourself to drown in blood. After realizing the power of his words he faked his own death. Now one obsessed fan is tracking Wakelin down ... can he be found before it's too late?"--Page 4 of cover.

My landlady the lobotomist /
ISBN: 1933293608. OCLC Number:

Raw Dog Screaming Press,. Hyattsville, MD :. ©2008.

The unwelcome guest ; plus, Nin and Nan /
ISBN: 1926617134. OCLC Number:

Enigmatic Ink,. London, Ont. :. 2010.

Hugh Moore /
ISBN: 098460376X. OCLC Number:

CCM (Civil Coping Mechanism),. [Palo Alto, California?] :. ©2011.

The Sylvia Plath Cookbook :
ISBN: 1105871673. OCLC Number:

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How to read /
ISBN: 1935738682. OCLC Number:

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"The dominant method of reading works for simple linear texts, but it is by no means the only way to go about reading and excludes many other types of texts. In How to Read, veteran novelist, editor and educator Eckhard Gerdes reveals 81 different approaches for reading, opening up new horizons that restrictive educators have been blocking from view for far too long. This innovative guidebook will enrich the experience of textuality for young and old readers alike."--Back cover.

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