"Have you seen whales frolicking in the sea—giant masses of shiny wet flesh gracefully rising up into the air and then just as gracefully plunging back into the water? They do it not to catch flies as trout do, food always on their tiny minds, but to delight at their ability to do it, delight at being whales. I rise and plunge, says the whale, therefore I am! And so it is with Eckhard Gerdes in his massive, whale tale kind of a book, The Chronicles of Michel du Jabot—he is not after seducing a reader or two with a suspenseful story into purchasing his book but to exercise the writer in himself, delight at his ability to use language. Gerdes is because he writes."
— Yuriy Tarnawsky, from the introduction
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Eckhard Gerdes has published books of poetry, drama, and sixteen novels, including White Bungalows (Dirt Heart Pharmacy Press, 2015) and My Landlady the Lobotomist (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2008). He has won an &NOW Award, the Richard Pike Bissell Award, been a finalist for the Starcher one and the Blatt awards, and was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. His most recent books include a tongue-in-cheek work of creative nonfiction, How to Read (Guide Dog Books, 2014); a short novel titled Marco & Iarlaith: A Novel in Flash Fictions (Black Scat Books, 2018); and another short novel, The Pissers' Theatre (Black Scat Books, 2021).He is also editor and publisher of The Journal of Experimental Fiction and its associated imprint JEF Books. He lives near Chicago and has three children and five grandchildren.