Author Bios

Read more about the talented authors published through Gertrude Press' annual Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests.

Joe Jiménez

Joe Jiménez lives in San Antonio, Texas. His work has appeared in Mariposas: New Queer Latino Poetry, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, Saltwater Quarterly, elimae, and is forthcoming in Caper Literary Journal. The short film El Abuelo [1983], commissioned as part of London's 2008 Fashion in Film Festival, is based on Jiménez's affinity for ironing.

Schlomo Steel

Schlomo Steel is a writer and recording artist recently transplanted to Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writing has appeared in Rose and Thorn Journal and Polari Journal, among others. He has also released two independent albums, “Girl House” and “Orchestrated Underwear.” Steel graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BA in Russian Language and Literature.

Valerie Wetlaufer

wetlauferBWValerie Wetlaufer is a birth doula and poet. Born and raised in Iowa, she has since livedin Vermont, Paris, Florida and Utah. Currently she lives in Salt Lake City, where she is adoctoral fellow in English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah. She also holdsan MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an MA in Teaching from Bennington College. Her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Main Street Rag, PANKMagazine, Word Riot and Bloom. She is a 2010 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging WritersRetreat Fellow. Her first chapbook Scent of Shatter was published in early 2010 by Grey BookPress.

Kristin Steele

K_Steele_headshot2Kristin Steele is a Portland-based writer with an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She teaches playwriting to at-risk youth and volunteers as acommunity writing facilitator, leading adult workshops in domestic violenceshelters, the county jail, public housing projects, and community spaces. Steele’s stage work has been produced in Los Angeles and workshopped in New York. Her fiction and non-fiction works have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and literary anthologies. She is currently at work on a novel and collaborating on a rock musical.

Michael Montlack

Michael MontlackMichael Montlack's work has appeared in Cimarron Review, New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, Mipoesias, Bloom, Cream City Review, Court Green, and other journals. In 2006, he was a Pushcart Prize Nominee, a Frank O'Hara Award Finalist, and the recipient of two residencies: Soul Mountain Retreat (Connecticut) and Ucross (Wyoming). Currently he is editing an anthology: Diva Complex (Gay Men on Their Divas). He lives in New York City, where he teaches at Berkeley College and acts as Associate Editor for Mudfish.

James Crews

James Crews grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has appeared most recently in Columbia, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and Court Green. Another chapbook, One Hundred Small Yellow Envelopes, based on the life and work of artist, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, is due out later this year from Parallel Press. He currently teaches English and Writing at Eastern Oregon University and enjoys tracking the deer that nightly invade his backyard.

Jan Steckel

jan_steckel Jan Steckel, author of the critically acclaimed poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006), is a bisexual activist and a Harvard- and Yale-trained former pediatrician. Over a hundred of her short stories, poems and nonfiction pieces have appeared in publications such as Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Red Rock Review, Harrington Lesbian Literary Review, and Redwood Coast Review. Her work has won numerous awards and has been widely reprinted and anthologized. She is a founding member of the queer women’s writing collective Woman-Stirred. Her writing has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize.

She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and cared for Spanish-speaking families in California at a county hospital and at a large HMO. In 2001 she left the practice of medicine to write full-time. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband Hew Wolff, host of Berkeley BiFriendly. She has just finished a full-length collection of short stories and a second poetry chapbook manuscript. Find out more at

Ellen Orleans

ellen Ellen Orleans is the author of five books of queer humor and social satire, including The Butches of Madison County (1996 Lambda Literary Award Winner). Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Girl Jock Magazine, Wilma Loves Betty, and other publications. Her play, "God, Guilt, and Gefilte Fish," was produced by Goddess Theatre in 1997. Last year, Ellen was awarded a grant for her performance piece "O-8: My Visit with a Nuclear Missile". She runs the Yellow Pine Writing Series in Boulder, Colorado. Ellen recently completed a young adult novel, vThe Replacement Daughter, and is working on a series of essays and poems entitled Golden: My Pocket-Sized Obsession with the Great Outdoors.

Kate Gray

Kate GrayHer sunrises are full of golden retrievers and writing. Kate Gray's poems and stories chronicle her path on many rivers, some through Portland, Oregon where she's lived for 20 years. Cedar House Books released Kate's first full-length book, Another Sunset We Survive, in September 2007. Her poems and stories have appeared in literary magazines such as Seattle Review, Mid American Review, Calyx, and more. She teaches at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City and is an editor of Clackamas Literary Review.

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Henry Alley

Hank Alley Henry Alley is a Professor Emeritus of Literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon. He has three published novels: Through Glass, The Lattice and Umbrella of Glass. A three-time Pushcart nominee, Henry is also author of the scholarly study, The Quest for Anonymity: The Novels of George Eliot (University of Delaware Press). Recent work has appeared in Harrington Gay Men's Quarterly Fiction, Herstory, HIMS and in Reading Brokeback Mountain. Over the past thirty years, Henry's stories have appeared in such journals as Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. He has recently published a novel on the Measure Nine crisis in Oregon, Precincts of Light, and is working on a collection of short fiction, as well as an extensive novel, At Large, set in 1968 and 2001, on both the East and West coasts.

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