here’s the lineup for our upcoming Flash Fiction Forum on Wednesday:
March 9th – 7 PM
- Renée M. Schell, “Boyhood”
- Susannah Carlson, “Keseburg, 1846,” published in Fine Linen, Jan. 2015
- Davis Chord, “The Woodcutter’s Reputation”
- Jade Bradbury, “Bluestockings”
- Liz Nguyen “To Train a Falcon”
- Vuong Vu, founder Perfume River Journal and Press, “Ghost Story”
- Allison Landa, “Dharma and the Kitchen Mouse” Allisonlanda.com
- Niki Knauer, “Vinny’s Car”
- Gayle Schultz, “The House”
- Tania Martin, “Clever Bear”
- Priya Thomas, “Aviary”
- Cammie Clark, “Audacity of You”
Hi Flash Aficionados,
Thanks for bringing your great energy to January’s forum! Perfect way to start off the New Year. Also enjoyed sharing a beer with folks at Cafe Stritch before our gig. We truly had a remarkable show, so thanks to all our contributors and Works for being such a great space.
Authors & Works
Tarn Wilson, “How to Become a Teacher”
Jenn L. Smith, “Paper in Fire,” published in Panoplyzine, Winter 2015-16
Martha Kendall, “Full Cycle”
Becky Roberts, “Dick Power”
Lita Kurth, “The Revolutionary’s Brother”
Caesar Kent, “Potholes”
Anthony Montes, “The Fourteen-Dollar and Seventy-Six Cents Excuse”
Erin Redfern, “Gidget Buys an Igloo”
Dallas Woodburn, former Steinbeck Fellow, “A Grieving Tourist’s Guide to the City of Love”
Mike Karpa, “Walkeshwar Road,” an excerpt from Between Countries
Dave Denny, former Poet Laureate of Cupertino, “Washington Square Park,” and “Flight”
We took to the streets in San Jose’s SOFA District, and loosened our tongues along the way with the poured, stirred and shaken beverages from Caffe Frascati, Cafe Stritch, The Continental Bar, and the Fountainhead Bar. Thanks to all our readers, hosts, and supporters who made the crawl a memorable event. Plans are in the works for taking future crawls to the next level – more publicity, crawl maps, and collaboration with other literary groups. Stay tuned!
Liz Nguyen – “Touch Me Barbie”
Lita Kurth – “And I Feel Fine”
Gary Singh – “Racetrack Massacre”
Keiko O’Leary – “The Ghost of Ice Cream”
Byddi Lee – “Molly at Parent Night”
Julia Halprin Jackson – “What We Write When We Write About Love”
The Continental Bar
Susannah Carlson – “Sweet Oblivion”
Caesar Kent – “Church Parking Lot”
Renée M. Schell – “Suburban Fantasy”
The Fountainhead Bar
Andrew MacRae – “Compline”
Kate Palacio – “LA Bad Ass
Pam Benjamin – “Vegan”
Tania Martin – “Tule Fog”
The Flash Fiction Forum is gearing up for our 1st Literary Pub Crawl in San Jose’s SOFA district!
Join us November 22nd – Sunday – Free parking!
Caffe Frascati -Gathering at 4:30- show starts at 5:30pm
Cafe Stritch – 6:00-6:30pm
The Continental- 6:40-7:10pm
(SOFA Market) The Fountain Head Bar 7:20pm-
Please have a designated driver! Wear a trench coat!
A big thanks to all the October Flashers! Your stories were fabulous, and the night highly entertaining! The Gun Show Art Instillation was a wild backdrop for our show. And lastly, thanks to Thinking Ink Press for bringing their great Instant Books along!
Authors and Works:
Claudia Monpere McIsaac, “Ocean”
Byddi Lee, “Mr. Slick”
Al Preciado, “Believing in the Virgin at the Best Western”
Tania Martin, “Doctor’s Orders”
Dennis Noren, “Mark Twain, Unsettled in Hartford”
Jennie Lin, Steinbeck Fellow, Excerpt from “Shuffle and Ride”
Ruth Littmann-Ashkenazi, “Session 3”
Parthenia M. Hicks, Excerpt from “Fire,”originally published in The Montserrat Review, Number Five
Amanda Williamsen, incoming Poet Laureate of Cupertino, “The Vegetarian Dreams of Bacon”
Candace Eros Diaz, Steinbeck Fellow, “Rapture”
C. Lee Meckenzie, “Unprepared”
We always aim for quality and diversity when we curate the Forum, and our August lineup hit the mark. Thanks to all the talented writers who read for us!
Caesar Kent, “Money Everywhere,” published (and prize winner) in Red Wheelbarrow
Valerie Fioravanti, “Distance,” published in Pindeldyboz
Keenan Flagg, “Heavyhanded”
Keiko O’Leary, “White Mice”
Anthony So, “The Shop”
Lita Kurth, “Life is a Mystery”
Maria Judnick, “Rick Steves Goes Offroading”
Kevin Arnold, “Interrogation” and “The Sad Case of the Drunken Turkish Sailor”
Casy Hsu, “The Nose Piercing”
Karie Stephens, “Grocery Run”
Sue Staats, “Mr. Misfit”
Kathleen Azevedo, “Prince of Eunuchs,” excerpt from the novel, The History of the Jews in Brazil
Word is getting out about the Flash Fiction Forum! We are proud to roll into our 2nd year at Works Gallery! We aim to continue offering our audience diverse voices and stories from around the Bay Area.
See you tonight, August 12th at 7pm!
PS: There will be Champagne!
Wow! The stories read ranged from hysterical, to heart wrenching, to thought provoking. It was an intense night! Thanks to all our readers, you guys were brilliant! Unfortunately, Belo Cipriano was unable to make it from Berkeley, but we hope he will read for us in the future.
1. Allison Landa, “Backyard”
2. Daniel Riddle Rodrigues, “Sometimes Pop in Inside the Bottle; Sometimes the Bottle is Inside of Pop”
3. Ken Weisner, “Ruminations on Proverbs, Part I”
4. Kim Johnson, “Blues in the Key of Hummingbirds”
5. Liz Nguyen, “ROBOT IMPREGNATES WOMAN, SUES FOR PATERNITY RIGHTS”
7. Al Preciado, “Homage to My Father in the Summer of 2008”
8. Tania Martin, “Connecting the Dots”
9. Vuong Vu, “Fried Chicken”
10. Ann Harleman, “Diary Entry for 27 June 1915”
11. Kevin Sharp, “Last Night at Lu Ann’s”
We have Belo Cipriano, the Grand Marshall of this years SF Pride Parade, reading at May’s Forum. Belo is currently a columnist for the Bay Area Reporter, author of Blind: A Memoir (2011), editor of the literary journal Between The Lines, and Writer-in Residence at Holy Names University.
Be sure not to miss the fun tomorrow, May 13th, at Works Gallery for some entertaining stories!
Speaking of Works Gallery, one of the things I love about hosting FFF there is that the space changes all the time. I never know which way we’ll be facing and what our back drop will be. Having new art on the walls really adds to the whole experience. My favorite backdrop was from body painter artist Trina Merry’s installation, in which she painted models into the backdrop. The models didn’t attend our event, but standing in front of the painting was fun.
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