Flash Fiction International (W.W.Norton & Co.) is out!

I’m humbled to have a flash included in the Norton anthology.

What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novel, a scientific report on volcanic fireflies that proliferate in nightclubs. Flash has always—and everywhere—been a form of experiment, of possibility. A new entry in the lauded Flash and Sudden Fiction anthologies, this collection includes 86 of the most beautiful, provocative, and moving narratives by authors from six continents, including best-selling writer Etgar Keret, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah, Korean screenwriter Kim Young-ha, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, and Argentinian “Queen of the Microstory” Ana María Shua, among many others. These brilliantly chosen stories challenge readers to widen their vision and celebrate both the local and the universal.

Preorder the book here. 

More award news!

Wow, it has been quite a month for me. I’m honored to have won the Blue Light Book Award a few weeks ago, and San Francisco’s fabulous Blue Light Press will be publishing my manuscript of prose poetry Cellulose Pajamas, my manuscript The Smell of Good Luck is one of 10 finalists (out of 500 entries!) for Black Lawrence Press’ prestigious Black River Chapbook award, and a flash fiction piece called “Round Women” just became a finalist for The Eric Hoffer Foundation’s prestigious Gover Prize, and will appear in Best New Writing 2015! Sheesh!

Reading at Bird & Beckett Books, Jan 8th, 2015


Thursday, January 8th – 8:00 pm start
Novellas-in-Flash: A Reading
Pokrass / Teel / Bower

A reading by contributors to the new anthology, My Very End of the Universe: a celebration and study of an increasingly popular genre: the novella-in-flash, a novella built of standalone flash stories. The novellas in this collection—Betty Superman by Tiff Holland, Here, Where We Live by Meg Pokrass, Shampoo Horns by Aaron Teel, Bell and Bargain by Margaret Patton Chapman, and The Family Dogs by Chris Bower—are com­pact and specific, yet whole and universal, using the flexibility of the genre to offer a polyphony of setting and emotion. Accompanying each novella-in-flash is a craft essay by the author exploring the form’s power, uses, and unique characteristics. The book opens with a genre-defining introduction to the novella-in-flash by editors Abigail Beckel and Kathleen Rooney, which also offers historical and contemporary context.