When Miriam Gershow was in second grade, she wrote her first fan letter – to Judy Blume (her second would be to Brooke Shields) – which set her on the lifelong path of voracious reader, and soon after, voracious writer. She scribbled stories as a child and kept writing through early careers as life skills trainer for homeless youth, non-profit administrator, and state bureaucrat. She is thrilled for her forthcoming novel, Closer, published by Regal House. Her debut novel, The Local News was hailed as “deftly heartbreaking” by The New York Times and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her debut short story collection, Survival Tips, is forthcoming from Propeller Books in 2024.
Miriam’s stories appear in The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast and Black Warrior Review, among other journals. Her flash fiction appears in anthologies from Alan Squire Books and Alternating Currents, as well as in Pithead Chapel, Pidgeonholes, and Variant Lit, where she was the inaugural winner of the Pizza Prize. Her creative nonfiction is featured in Salon and Craft Literary among other journals. Her stories have been listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories of The Best American Short Stories and appeared in the Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories.
She received her MFA from the University of Oregon and has since taught fiction writing at the University of Wisconsin as well as descriptive writing to gifted high school students through Johns Hopkins University. She has taught writing to first-graders, retirees, and everyone in between. Miriam lives with her family in Eugene, OR, where she teaches writing at the University of Oregon.
Regal House Publishing is proud to bring you Miriam Gershow’s Closer in the summer of 2025.