In Solidarity: Black Lives Matter

Flash Fiction Forum is an inclusive event and always strives to reach out to diverse voices and people of color.  We would like to take this time to encourage our community to support writers of color, and especially to seek out black writers and poets. Please encourage writers of color, who may not be on our radar, to submit their work to Flash Fiction Forum. We acknowledge that there is always more work to be done to make creative spaces inclusive of all voices.

Flash Fiction Forum from Afar: June 17th, 2020 at 7pm

Zoom in for a live Flash Fiction Forum Reading Series hosted by Works/SJ at eventbrite . Since we’ll be flashing via Zoom, we have decided to feature some fabulous writers from out of town, whom can’t always make their way to San José.

Please register at eventbrite for the link to the show. It’s free.

We are still finalizing our spectacular line-up and will be sending out updates for the show soon.

Stay tuned!

Our March Reading Series – High Art In Uncertain Times

Our March Reading Series transpired in the mist of a health crisis with common sense and high art. Thanks to all those who came out for the show and conducted themselves in a mindful manner. We were greeted with lots of elbow bumps and jazz hands. Our readers put on a great show.

Authors and Works:

Rebekah Bloyd, “At Home, Sympathy for the Urban Chicken”

Barbara Anderson, “Sarah”

Lita Kurth, “What I Heard”

Christine Monihan, “Mother and Her Barbies”

Gary Singh, “Reunited in the Fourth House”

Tshaka Campbell, “Night Crawler”

Gur Rivlin, “West of Eden”

Caitlyn Slavich reading “The Envelope That Changed My Life,” by Sarah Hinkle

Adele Bihn, “Jesus Smokes”

Kim Johnson, “For Anyone Who is Afraid of Cotton Balls”


Our March 11th Show Will Go On As Scheduled

We have a great line-up for our March 11th show, but we urge all attendees to use caution regarding the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Please stay home if you are unwell.

Don’t shake hands – try bumping feet or touching elbows instead.

Wash your hands before and after the event.

2020 Flash Fiction! Here’s the Line-up from our January 8th Show


Sarah Kobrinsky, “The Bagel Shop”

Jon Sindell, “Von Schnitzness” published in The Pugilist of Venice, 2019

John Dorrance, “Winged T-Rex”, previously read on KQED

Linda Lappin, “Craving”

Jade Bradbury, “A River Cruise Like No Other”

Tania Martin, “Northland Challengers”

Abhirup Dutta, “The Sensitive Boy”,

Eve DeMarzo, “Fixing Herself”

Michelle Myers, “The Goat”

Monica McHenney, “The Round Up”

Juliette Kilgore, “Someone Else”

Bill Olsen reading, Kirby Wright’s “Ides of March”

Flash Fiction Forum’s October Show – Flash At It’s Best!

October 9th, 2019

Authors and Works:

Rob Davidson, “Author’s Note” published in his collection, Spectators: Flash Fictions

Keiran Langer, Excerpt from her collection, “Big Beach”

Gary Singh, “Melody”

Kristina Robertson, Excerpt from “The Day I Rescued Falkor”

Nancy Devine, “People Can You Hear It,”

Lita Kurth, “Fiction Writer’s Progress” https:/

Julia Halprin-Jackson, “Carwash”

Heidi Eisips, “Mary Jan in the Holy Land”

Laura Nelson, “Conversations”

Karl Chan, “Watershed”

Tarn Wilson, “The Single Mother’s Guide: Take Baths”

Mike Karpa, Excerpt from “Do You Have a Plan?”



Our 6th Year of Fabulous Flash!

Flash Fiction Forum Reading Series: August 21, 2019


Authors & Works:

Tania Martin, “Old Habits”

Kevin Arnold, “That Night In Palo Alto”

Marilyn Horn, “Christmas Card,” from her Last Letter’s collection published by Thinking Ink Press

Bill Kalogeros, “Ken’s Bootcamp Letter to Barbie”

Larry Hollist, “Hashtag Eleven Year Old”

José Gonzalez, “Throw,” published in 2019 Red Wheelbarrow

Elizabeth Cooney (read by Caitlyn Slavich), “No Crying on Market Street”

Collin Park, “Wednesday With Poppy”

Monica McHenney, “Octopus Interlude”

Dave Denny,  “All the Daughters of Song are Brought Low,” from his fiction collection, Sometimes Only the Sad Songs Will Do, coming out this Fall.

Bob Dickerson, “Hippies Need Money Too”

Ken Weisner, “Ranch Work,” and “All-You-Can -Eat,” from the collection Anything on Earth

Mel Carlson (read by daughter, Susannah Carlson), “Horse Piss”


May’s Flash Fiction Forum Reading Series

Authors and Works

Claire Hawkins, “First Shift”

Lucy Greever, “Costco”

Lita Kurth, “Mrs. Swanson, Third Grade Teacher’

Aria Kowel, “Finding Dead Things and Other Unfortunate Ocean Events”

Mark Deem, “Anvil’s Ring”

Kim Johnson, “Despite the Temptation of Silence, I Have Flooded Your Answering Machine with Prayers”

Jean Znidarsic, a novel excerpt from, “Frangipani

Lisa Rosenburg, three related poems, “Message,” “From the Office of Government Security,” and “Space”

Maria Judnick, “Silicon Valley Barbie” *

Carol Park, “Natural Barbie”

Lorenz Dumuk, “Masculinity”

Dana Bainbridge, “Clergy Barbie” *

Michelle Myers, “Catholic Lefty Activist Barbie” *

Anne Sconberg, ” Marriage”

* Works from The Barbie’s That Never Were Series


Our March Reading Series

Authors and Works:

Renee Jenkins-Schell, “Rape Victim Barbie

Marilyn Horn-Fahey, “Surfer”

Ilza Duarte, “Do Not Break the Rules”

Liz Nguyen, “A Basket on the Yangtze”

Kevin Arnold, “Shimko”

Dorothy Coover, “Still Life With Wife”

Tania, “While You Were Sleeping”

Jade Bradbury, “Time to Watch Your Back: Homewrecker Barbie”

Rob Davidson, “Hoover Dam” and “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” from Spectators: Flash Fictions, Five Oaks Press, 2018

Barbara Anderson, “Arrival”

Monica McHenny, : “Anticipation Stakes,” “Dry Lightning,” “Wear Flats,” and “Anticipation Waiting”

Kevin Sharp, “Coffins”

January’s Luminous Lineup

Our January show featured tremendous talent. The weather was cold and wet and yet new and familiar faces filled the chairs.  Tania Martin missed co-hosting with Lita Kurth due to a troublesome appendix, but Eva Smith-Glynn donned a trench-coat and fedora and stepped up to the podium. Thanks, Eva!

Authors & Work:

Mel Nicholson, “The Spot”

Lita Kurth, “Bride of Science”

Colleen McKee, “The 59-Cent Pad of Paper” published in Memoir Pooland in  the chapbook, My Hot Little Tomato(Cherry Pie Press)

Dave Eisbach, “Shrinking” published in Entwined collection, 2018.

Ellaraine Lockie, “No California Cuisine” published in Where the Meadowlark  Sings, winner of 2014 Encircle Press Chapbook Contest

Christine Kalife, “Hands Like Wild Salmon”

Rob Pesich, “Black Cat Alchemy”

Vinnie Lopez, “Listen to the Good Night”

Shannon Rose Riley, “Shh” commissioned for an exhibition at Arc  Gallery in San Francisco,

Keiko O’Leary, “Chemistry Class,”

Hugh Behm-Steinberg, “Lifeguards”