F193. Brevity Reading

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


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.



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 NPR.org, the Daily Beast, Boston Globe, and NYTBR.

Meg Pokrass wrote Damn Sure Right, a collection of flash fiction. Her humorous flash has appeared in McSweeney's and over 220 literary journals. She serves as associate editor for Frederick Barthelme's New World Writing. Her work has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize.

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.


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