Amy Gerstler

Described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the best poets in the nation," she won the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award. Gerstler was editor of the 2010 edition of the anthology Best American Poetry.

Gerstler wrote an advice column for the Reader in 2000-2002 under the name of Aunt Trudy.

Sample columns:

Sept. 28, 2000, page 16 Ask Aunt Trudy

June 21, 2001 page 24 Ask Aunt Trudy

July 26, 2001, page 24 Ask Aunt Trudy

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Articles by Amy Gerstler


The woman we never forget.

"Careful, Ma; don't spill your soup," I warned. "First time you spill, that's it — you're going to the home.” Mom's reply was immediate. "I know. I've picked out what I want to take with me."

Talent for Joy

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his. — Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest Since differing with Oscar Wilde must constitute literary blasphemy, I regret ...

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