Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Sherrie Flick MFA

Sherrie Flick
Hometown : Beaver Falls, PA
Joined Chatham : 2009

Academic Areas of Interest

Flash fiction, The novel, Contemporary American fiction, Food writing

Personal Areas of Interest

Gardening, Cooking, and Long urban walks

Personal Website : Visit Website


I have written and published flash fiction for over 20 years, but in 2003 I decided to write a novel. In transition from a tiny form to a huge one, I became obsessed with sentences--their structure, their purpose, writing them, revising them. Beyond sentences, I am very involved in Pittsburgh's cultural community. In 2001 I co-founded the Gist Street Reading Series and served as Artistic Director for 10 years, bringing in emerging poets and writers to James Simon's Sculpture Studio to read each month. I enjoy collaboration across disciplines and have taught creative writing and curated readings in many eclectic arts settings. Recently, I've helped start Into the Furnace, an urban writer-in-residence project in Braddock, Pa.


  • M.A, University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE), 1996
  • B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1989


  • Reconsidering Happiness (2009), University of Nebraska Press, Flyover Fiction Series.
  • Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food (2013), University of Nebraska Press, "The Tam-O-Shanter, Lincoln, Nebraska."
  • The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, (2009), Rose Metal Press, "Flash in a Pan."
  • New Sudden Fiction: From America and Beyond (2007), Norton, "How I Left Ned."
  • Flash Fiction Forward (2006), Norton, "The Paperboy."
  • I Call This Flirting (2004), Flume Press, chapbook.
  • Ploughshares, North American Review, Booth, Chicago Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, Manoa, Quick Fiction, Black Warrior Review, Northwest Review, Puerto del Sol, among others


  • Work of Art Award for Artistic Vibrancy - Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 2011
  • Semi-finalist (Reconsidering Happiness) VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, 2010
  • Finalist, Poetry Paths Public Art Project, Lancaster, Pa. (with James Simon, Terrance Hayes, Nancy Krygowski), 2010
  • PA Council on the Arts individual fellowship in fiction, 2007
  • Audience Experience Initiative grant, (Heinz Endowments) with Silver Eye Center for Photography, 2007-09
  • PA Partners in the Arts grant (Gist Street Reading Series), 2006 to present
  • Tennessee Williams Fellow, Sewanee Writers' Conference, 1996


  • Advisory Board - Braddock Avenue Books
  • Advisory Board - Worlds Without Walls
  • AWP
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council


  • Series editor for At Table, University of Nebraska Press, Food Writing book list
  • Writer-in-Residence, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC, 2011
  • Artistic Director, Gist Street Reading Series, 2001 - 2010
  • Associate Curator of Education, Frick Art & Historical Center: 1998-2004
  • Writing residencies include The Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow


  • Panelist, "Anytown USA: Representing Place in Fiction," Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference (Chicago, IL), March 2012
  • Panelist, "Rose Metal Press Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers & Writers in the Field," Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference (Denver, CO) April 2010