Geri Lipschultz

Photo by Claudia Liu

Geri Lipschultz is a Jersey girl raised in a town (Park Ridge) known for the Roches, of whom she is a fan, and Nixon, of whom she was not. And not to mention James Gandolfini of the Sopranos, who was but a young’n when Geri was in high school. She graduated from UMass (Amherst) with a BA in Elementary Education, followed by an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1976. Her writing has  appeared in “The New York Times,” “Kalliope,” “Black Warrior Review,” “North Atlantic Review,” “College English,” and other  publications. She performed in her one-woman show, Once Upon the Present Time, produced in New York City by Woodie King, Jr. Her  production, Rising Above the Shadow—Women’s Artistic Responses to September 11th, featured the work of fifty women artists—painters,  musicians, dancers, writers. She was awarded a CAPS grant from New York State for one of her novels. Her fiction was nominated for the Foley Award, and she was a Heekin semi-finalist. Having spent more than a score and seven years trying and failing to both publish her novels and find a full-time teaching position, she decided to go back to school. She divides her time between Athens, Ohio, where she’s a doctoral candidate in the English department at Ohio University, and Huntington Station, New York, where she lives with her husband, Erwin Wong. Their two children, both aspiring violinists, are David (24), who’s gone electric, and Eliza (13), who, at the moment, seems to prefer the classical tradition.