Denise Gess is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels, Good Deeds (Crown, 1984) and Red Whiskey Blues (Crown, 1989), and the nonfiction book Firestorm At Peshtigo: A Town, Its People and The Deadliest Fire in American History (Holt, 2002). Her short fiction has appeared in the North American Review and anthologized in The Horizon Reader. Her personal essays have appeared in Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading (Norton 2004), Philadelphia Stories, Philadelphia Magazine, and Writer’s Digest. She received honorable mention in creative nonfiction in the New Millennium Writing Awards Contest (2002). She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Rowan University.

“Bad For Boys” is the lead essay in a collection of the same title.

Works by Denise Gess

Essay: Bad for Boys