Kathleen Gerard’s work has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize, The Mark Twain House Humor Prize, The Saturday Evening Post “Great American Fiction” Prize and Short Story America, all national prizes in literature. Her short prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies. Her essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Several of her plays have been staged and performed regionally and off-Broadway. She’s the author of three books, including the thing is, a lighthearted comical novel about a therapy dog named Prozac that rescues a woman in grief.