Reading on the mainstage, AWP Seattle 2014

needleReading at AWP Seattle, Feb 28th!

I’ll be reading with power authors: Bobbie Ann Mason, Pamela Painter, Jane CiabattarI, Grant Faulkner and Meg Pokrass (me).

Bonus: Bobbie Ann Mason and I will perform our co-authored flash-sketch “Tweeting War and Peace”.

Washington State Convention Center & Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Brevity is big these days, attracting more and more writers and readers to a form once considered niche. Flash is the truffle of prose writing; small in word count, yet dense and satisfying. Online and print journals are embracing flash as technology advances and life’s pace quickens. Flash writing is often lyrical, much like prose poetry; laced with sensory detail. Five masters of the form read their flash fiction, essay, and memoir. Plenty of time will be left for questions and answers.

F193 Brevity Reading
Room 202, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 2
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Short bios:
Jane Ciabattari is author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire. Her stories have been honored with three Pushcart Prize special mentions. She is a National Book Critics Circle VP (NBCC President 2008-2011) and contributes to, the Daily Beast, Boston Globe, and NYTBR.

Meg Pokrass’ novella-in-flash “Here, Where We Live” forthcoming from Rose Metal Press (2014). Meg’s flash is forthcoming in the W.W.Norton Anthology Flash Fiction International (Shapard, Thomas and Merrill). “Damn Sure Right” (Press 53) was her debut collection of flash. Meg’s stories have lived in 220 literary journals, and she edits for Frederick Barthelme’s New World Writing.

Pamela Painter has written three story collections and is co-author of the textbook What If. Her most recent collection of very short stories is titled Wouldn’t You Like to Know. She teaches at Emerson College in Boston.

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of Shiloh and Other Stories, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Her story “Shiloh” is widely anthologized. It and her novel In Country are both widely taught in high school and college classes. Her latest novel is The Girl in the Blue Beret.

Grant Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing Month and the founder of 100 Word Story magazine. His writing has appeared in the Southwest Review, Poets & Writers, PANK, Gargoyle, and Puerto del Sol. He was selected for Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions in 2011.