About Us

The idea for the forum emerged out of a local writers workshop in San Jose, CA where members routinely read their work aloud. We noticed that although the South Bay has a wealth of poetry reading events, there was not a regular spoken word venue for fiction.  If up to now, you’ve only written and published, but never read in public, we encourage you to join us. This platform allows the writers to get an immediate response to their work. Join us and expose your fiction!

Tania Martin earned a B.S. in Geology from UC Davis, and has worked as a lab technician, geophysicist, and technical writer. She stumbled into a writer’s workshop in Alta, Utah several years ago and has been hooked on creative writing ever since. Her focus had been on the short story and flash fiction. She co-founded The Flash Fiction Forum reading series with Lita Kurth, and she is an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. She also helped curate the Spoken Word Lounge reading series at The San Jose Art Party festival held at the Santa Clara Fair Grounds in 2014. Tania’s flash fiction has been published in Sugar Mule Literary Magazine and Flash Flood’s online anthology. She recently had her poem “Smoke and Fire” published in (After) Life, Poems and Stories of the Dead, Purple Passion Press, 2015.

Lita A. Kurth  (MFA Rainier Writers Workshop) has published essays, poems, and short stories in eliipsis…literature and artTikkunCompositeArtsNewVerseNewsBlast Furnace, the Santa Clara ReviewVerbatim, Compose, the Exploratorium QuarterlyTattoo Highway, and Vermont Literary Review, and others. She regularly contributes toTikkun.org/tikkundailyTheReviewReview.net, and classism.org.
  • An excerpt of her novel appeared as a story, “Marius Martin, Proletarian,” in On the Clock: Contemporary Short Stories of Work (Bottom Dog Press).
  • A work of creative nonfiction, “Pivot,” appears in the 2012 University of Nebraska anthology, Becoming:What Makes a Woman and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Her short story, “Lifetime TV Movie,” was a finalist for the 2012 Writers@Work contest.




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