“The nuanced tonal complexity, which can go from the whimsical to a darker irony in the turn of a phrase, has been the signature feature of the work of Meg Pokrass.”
Meg Pokrass is the author of seven full flash fiction collections, including (from earliest to latest) “Damn Sure Right” (Press 53, 2011), “Cellulose Pajamas” (Blue Light Book Award, 2015), “The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down” (Etruscan Press, 2016), “Alligators At Night” (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2018), “The Dog Seated Next to Me”, (Pelekinesis, 2019), Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (Chapbook from V. Press, 2020), and “Spinning to Mars” (Blue Light Book Award, 2020), “, a flash chapbook, “An Object At Rest” (Ravenna Press, 2020), and two novellas-in-flash: “Here, Where We Live” (Rose Metal Press, 2014) and “The Loss Detector” (Bamboo Dart Press, 2020). Meg’s flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid writing has been widely internationally anthologized, most notably in 3 Norton anthologies of the flash fiction form: Flash Fiction America (W.W. Norton & Co., 2023), New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018) and Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), The Best Small Fictions (2018 & 2019), the Wigleaf Top 50 (4 x) and the BIFFY Awards in 2019 and 2020, as well as many other anthologies including Brevity Magazine’s Flash Non-Fiction Funny and 100-Word Story’s Nothing Short of 100. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Waxwing, Washington Square Review, Tin House, Smokelong, McSweeney’s, Wigleaf, MoonPark Review, Five Points, Hobart Pulp, Split Lip, Matchbook, and over the last decade, hundreds of literary journals.
Meg serves as Founding Co-Editor of the Best Microfiction anthology series. She currently runs Mslexia’s quarterly Flash Challenge contest and has served contest judge for the Bath Flash Award, the Bath Flash Novella-In-Flash Award, Mslexia’s Flash Fiction Competition, F(r)iction’s Flash Fiction Contest, Talking Writing’s Flash Fiction Contest, Retreat West’s Flash Fiction Contest 2020 and many other literary contests. She’s taught in the Masters Program at Indiana University, Newcastle University, University of Pennsylvania, and many other academic institutions. Meg is the Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival U.K., Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review, Co-Founder (along with Jane Ciabattari, Grant Faulkner and Kirsten Chen) of San Francisco’s Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series and teaches flash fiction workshops at international festivals including Mslexicon Literary Festival, Sardaam Festival (Cyprus), Huddersfield Literary Festival and Flash Fiction Festival U.K., as well as leading her monthly popular online flash fiction classes.