A-Way with It! Contemporary Innovative Fiction
A-way with it! That's what this is all about. The authors in this volume of The Journal of Experimental Fiction have demonstrated time and again that they have a way with words. Literature is driven by language, and these folks understand how to use language better than most. They prod it, ply it, tweak it, fry it, sling it, smash it, caress it, destroy it, uphold it, defend it, laugh at it, play with it, split it, spit on it, cajole it, stir it, freeze it, melt it, stomp on it, and hold it up for all to see as if it were the most precious thing in the entire world. Maybe it is.
About the Editor: Eckhard Gerdes has published books of poetry, drama, and fourteen books of fiction, including the novels Hugh Moore (for which he was awarded an &Now Award) and My Landlady the Lobotomist (a top five finisher in the 2009 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll and nominated for the 2009 Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel of the Year). He has also won the Bissell Award, been a finalist for the Starcherone and the Blatt awards, and was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. His most recent books are a tongue-in-cheek work of creative nonfiction, How to Read (Guide Dog Books); a novel, White Bungalows (Dirt Heart Pharmacy Press); and a collection, Three Plays (Black Scat Books). He lives in Aurora, Illinois, and has three children and four grandchildren. None of them are named Robbie, Chip, or Ernie.