GERDES, Eckhard. American, b. 1959. Genres: Novels, Novellas/Short stories. Career: Bookcase, Wilmette, IL, sales clerk, 1978-80; assistant manager of bookstores in Evanston, IL, 1979-81; Waldenbooks, Iowa City, IA, assistant manager, 1981-82; Bob's News Emporium, Chicago, IL, manager, 1983-84; Bookcase, sales clerk, 1984; Barbara's Bookstore, sales clerk, 1984-86, 1990-91; Chicago-Main News, Evanston, book buyer and comanager, 1985-87; University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA, news assistant in university relations, 1987-88; Book Cache, Anchorage, AK, sales clerk, 1989-90; Bookworks, Chicago, trade book buyer, 1990-92; Barnes & Noble Books, Evanston, department supervisor, 1992-94; Roosevelt University, Chicago, instructor in English, 1994-; Hardy Freeman and Associates, executive assistant, 1994-. Publications: NOVELS: The Million-Year Centipede; or, Liquid Structures, 1976; Aspic Interregencies, 1978; Systems of Flux, 1980; The Intersection of Two Loops, 1985; Hugh Moore, 1987; Truly Fine Citizen, 1989; Citizen Reclaimed, 1990; Ring in a River, 1994. OTHER: Projections (novella), 1986. Contributor of articles, stories, plays, poems, art work, and reviews to periodicals. Address: Department of English, School of Liberal Studies, Roosevelt University, 435 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, U.S.A.