First Law of Holes: New and Selected Stories

First Law of Holes: New and Selected Stories

First Law of Holes: New and Selected Stories

A sixteen-year-old transplanted Pennsylvanian navigates sunburn and heartbreak in equal measure while falling in love with a very tan ghost. A girl with drunk scribbles on her shoes searches for fragments of an old flame inside the boy at the mall food court. And a female circus contortionist, daughter of a failed clown, comes to terms with the first law of romantic relationships: Once in a hole, stop digging.

In First Law of Holes, award-winning author Meg Pokrass delivers a stunning selection of stories from the past fourteen years of her flash fiction career, tackling themes of belonging, obsession, messy love and loneliness with her trademark, unconventional storytelling.

“The people in these stories need Meg Pokrass. Their lives are tough but her imagination is the fire-lasso that can save them, save us.”
–Bob Hicok, author of Elegy Owed and Sex & Love

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Disappearing Debutantes

Disappearing Debutantes

Disappearing Debutantes

A new collection of flash fiction, Disappearing Debutantes by Meg Pokrass and Aimee Parkison is available for pre-order from Outpost 19 now!

In Disappearing Debutantes, disappearing and ever present “female beginners” come-of-age in fantasy and reality. As children, girls, teens, “new adults,” middle-aged women, and old women, they keep having their debuts and going unnoticed. Erased by gender, time, age, and those they most want to see them, neglected females become strange in hopes of being loved, being listened to, being understood, and being seen.

Though society has no interest in allowing them to make a grand entrance on a life they keep trying to live anew, and though the bloom is long off the rose that never fully opened, each disappearing woman refuses to make a graceful exit or to blossom into the perfect flowery fem society wants her to become. Instead, she boldly celebrates her oddly transformative disappearance from a life that didn’t go as planned by exploring a self-charted, self-made, surreal world of love, longing, lust, and lore.

“What’s better than one master of the flash form? Two of them, taking stories where you never thought they could go.”
–Robert Shapard

“Surprising, shocking and stunningly honest, this collection of sharp, witty, sad, funny stories will keep you guessing and marveling at their ingenuity. Strikingly original. ”
–Sean Lusk, author of The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesly

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Kissing the Monster Hunter

Kissing the Monster Hunter

Kissing the Monster Hunter

Kissing the Monster Hunter is a new chapbook about monster hunters, unseen monsters, perpetual dreamers, and the creatures (human and otherwise) who love them. The unmissable prose poems and micros in this collection thrust us into an alternate reality where hope, love, and intimacy, when gone unrecognized, become a mystical force to be reckoned with.

In this wonderful mingling of reportage and dreamscape, Nessie’s appearance becomes a beacon for lovers. Here we have a collection with a ripple effect; one story causes another, widening and deepening the ultimate mystery of ourselves. Who can forget the monster hunter’s baby teeth? The insistence on love at all costs? Reading Pokrass’ work is akin to a Nantucket ride, once you start, there’s no stopping. Darkly comic and wildly original. Brilliant!
– Frankie McMillan, author of The Wandering Nature of Us Girls

Surreal, poetic, and strangely beautiful, only Meg Pokrass can take a monster and make it sexy. She searches deep waters and fishes out our curious beating hearts. Another triumph, this book is a love letter to craft from a master of the short form.
Angela Readman, author of Bunny Girls and Don’t Try This At Home

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The House of Gran Padano

The House of Gran Padano

House of Grana Padano

In The House of Grana Padano, co-written by Meg Pokrass and Jeff Friedman, each shimmering micro story hovers between standup comedy and the unfolding of tragedy, between the mask and the mirror:  A salesman tries on a suit and gets lost inside it; an ex-wife moves into a house made of Grana Padano cheese while her former husband nibbles the corners; and a father folds his daughter so tightly into his chest that her childhood disappears. Two modern masters of the fabulist micro, Pokrass and Friedman stretch language like magicians who are deep into their most amazing acts, creating elusive personas who can mime love, hate, anger or sorrow. The characters in these stories are searching for a moment to grasp, a future in all the dissolution around them, a family to love or curse. This improvisational collaboration between two critically acclaimed authors takes microfiction into a playful surreal universe that is wildly humorous and deeply truthful.

Praise for the book

“Here in House of Grana Padano are deft and absorbing micro-tales, surreal, yet sparked with characters achingly universal in their quest for attainment…Here is an annealing of two major talents, and this is their illuminated manuscript of fabulistic tales with gold and lapis lazuli on every page, and yes, too, the grit and poetry of life.”
Robert Scottellaro, author of What Are The Chances? & Bad Motel

“Jeff Friedman’s wild and engaging images, the stuff of elegant and fabulist prose poetry, and Meg’s Pokrass’s dazzling and unique use of disjunction in line after line, story after story, merge here as these two virtuoso writers just do what they normally do. But here they do it together.”
– Pamela Painter, author of Fabrications

“Jeff Friedman and Meg Pokrass prove that collaborations, in the hands of masters of short prose, can be revelatory. Like two seasoned jazz musicians, their imaginations play off each other, so that their tales–the astonishing and often quirky worlds and characters they create–avoid the randomness found in so many failed surrealistic prose poems and microfictions. You never know what’s coming next, but, somehow, it all makes sense.”
– Peter Johnson, author of Old Man Howling at the Moon

Spinning To Mars

Spinning To Mars

Spinning to Mars

A collection of 70 linked micro stories about relationships and the difficulties of love. Winner of San Francisco’s Blue Light Book Award, 2021. Published by Blue Light Press.
Reviews and interviews: The Rumpus, The Bookends Review, After the Pause, The London Grip. “Spinning to Mars” became a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Women’s Poetry on the first week of its release!

Praise for ‘Spinning To Mars’

“Meg Pokrass’s Spinning to Mars is composed of “Micros”–some seventy of them.  She also calls it a “very short book,” but it’s one of the most readable and illuminating experiences you’re likely to have in the coming years. It’s low-key funny but also subtly chilling.  It’s about the vicissitudes of love, but then it’s also about the gift, the surprise, and the unfairness of human relationships.  I find myself giggling or tearing up or just staggering around the house with what these “Micros” have done to me.”
– David Huddle, author of My Surly Heart

“Meg Pokrass has written an exquisite collection of linked stories. As I read Spinning to Mars I felt plunged, soaked, immersed—however you want to get down into a life both deep and wide. This book will spin you off to Mars with its exacting language and biting insight. Here is the kind of compressed writing that I long for and rarely find.”
– Sherrie Flick, author of Thank Your Lucky Stars 

“William Faulkner famously wrote all those hefty expansive novels about his “own little postage stamp of land.” A supreme maker of Micros, Meg Pokrass in her adhesive and compressed collection of slips of the tongue, Spinning to Mars, creates exquisite prose postage. Within their precise selvages are whole intact and exacting universes, franked and cancelled galaxies. Philatelist Pokrass knows a good paradox when she writes one (or 70 some of them)—like how a tightly bounded space contains a multitude of possibilities, infinite points of points. She delivers, one issue after another, these little intaglio lozenges of singing, sinning synecdoche. These burbling bubbles of benday-ed miniature maps are really something, somehow more detailed than the mere life-sized things they represent.”
– Michael Martone, author of The Moon Over Wapakoneta and Brooding

The Loss Detector

The Loss Detector

The Loss Detector

Set in coastal California, The Loss Detector is a funny/sad portrait of teenage blues and of a small, transplanted family of non-conformists. The flawed but lovable characters in Pokrass’ novella remind us of how the world’s most beautiful places are not always the easiest in which to thrive. Moments of giddy, perceived freedom set against resignation dot the narrative in such a way that will leave you changed.

Praise for The Loss Detector

“Meg Pokrass is the virtuoso of the weird, a specialist of the out-of-the-blue. Her stories take the unexpected route every time, so that with each line the reader is bumped out of her preconceptions. Sometimes even the end of a sentence cannot be counted on. Her narration is confiding but marvelously unsettling…everything you never knew a novella-in-flash could be.”
– Mary Grimm, author of Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time

“Meg Pokrass’s sentences are shot through with wildness and her characters are deliciously untamed. The Loss Detector may be about stumbling adolescence within a dysfunctional family but every paragraph in it is a bible for how to live – with humour, affection, and a dose of anarchy.”
Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge