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Sharon Kurtzman

Sharon Kurtzman is Jersey girl who lives in the South. A long time ago, she worked in television marketing and was once the official escort to Danger Mouse at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and BetterAfter50, and she has had two fiction pieces nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Hippocampus, Cleaver, Crack the Spine, Heartwood Literary Magazine, Every Writer’s Resource: Stories, and the Raleigh News and Observer. Her writing has been anthologized in Main Street Rag’s Voices from the Porch and To Ensnare Time’s Warp, Crack the Spine XII: Best of 2015, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. She is also a freelance food writer and frequently contributes to INDY Week’s Food section. Sharon is pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their sweet dog, Violet. Learn more by visiting her website,, and following her on Instagram (@sharonkurtzman) and on Twitter (@sharonkurtzman1).

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Black coffee in the morning
  2. Writing, writing, and more writing
  3. Dark chocolate
  4. Plain and peanut M&Ms—both come in dark chocolate
  5. Ice cream, especially Ben and Jerry’s
  6. Running, which is intrinsically linked to my writing and makes up for numbers 3 through 5 on this list
  7. My trusted writing assistant Violet, the sweetest Yorkshire terrier
  8. Books and movies
  9. Social media, because it’s connects me to friends near and far
  10. My family, because without them nothing else matters