After a two and a half year stint in Shanghai and Vienna, Sherm is back in Guatemala putting the finishing touches on a collection of short fiction for bilingual publication in English and Spanish. His journalism, children’s poetry and prose, and travel writing and photography have appeared in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, and online.
His first novel, Learning to Stutter, deals with the transformation that comes with self-acceptance and stuttering gracefully. Semi-autobiographical in nature, the novel looks at stuttering from a more neurological point of view, reflected by a lexicon of symbols to represent various secondary behaviors so common with stuttering.
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So begins the story of Kenneth Kocher, a young man who has become imprisoned by a severe stutter. When we first meet Kenneth in the months following Hurricane Katrina, he is living alone, preferring isolation to situations where he might have to speak. Finally it all becomes too much, and he enrolls in a stuttering therapy program in Manhattan which begins to change his life. Along his journey toward self-acceptance, Kenneth meets two others on similar pilgrimages: Ray, a fellow stutterer who has chosen to learn American Sign Language as a way to escape speaking, and Ilene, a young woman who is paralyzed by the death of her husband. Loosely based on Catherine Otto Montgomery’s early work with Total Immersion Fluency Training, Learning to Stutter takes a much-needed in-depth look at a disorder that is underrepresented in the current literature.