Flash Fiction Forum @ The Spoken Word Lounge (Anne & Mark’s Art Party 2014)

Sorry I’m posting this out of sequence – we had a mini Flash Fiction Forum at the Art Party with six flasher on September 20th. What a magical night! So many talented writers joined us, and David Perez supplied poetry on demand for an art hungry crowd.

Our line-up:

Bob Dickerson (Ina Johnson on Banjo), “On Some Verses of Virgil”, and “Bear Hunting”

Gary Singh, “Flea Market Shades,” and “Racetrack Massacre”

Tania Martin, “Pink Suitcase”

Tarn Wilson, “The Week I learned My Father Would Die,” and “My Czechoslovakian Plastic Surgeon”

Frances Lefkowitz, “Thorns,” originally published in Superstition Review, http://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue9/nonfiction/franceslefkowitz, and “A Tighter Spiral” published in CounterexamplesPoetic.com

Tommy Mouton, excerpt from “What We Do Cherish”


October’s Forum

So cool to have every seat in the house taken!!! Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting us.

Our line up:

Kirsten Chen, “Boys on the Roof”

Jennifer Swanton Brown, “Santa Ynez, Patron Saint of Bodily Purity, Waits in a Bar Downtown,” and “Pit Bull”

Renée M. Schell, “Jack”

Allison Landa, “Getting To Know You”

Kevin Sharp, “In Blackest Night”

Noorulain Noor, “Monsoon in Lahore”

Lita Kurth, “Sorry I Ate Your Goldfish”

Liz Nguyen, “Touch Me Barbie”

Dallas Woodburn, “Girafe”

Carol Park, “The Question of Alarm”

Tania Martin, “Empathy Lost and Found”


Our 1 Year Anniversary at Works Gallery!

Thanks to all who participated in our August Flash Fiction Forum. It was a special night with outstanding readings and a great audience. A big shout out to Works for hosting us and providing such a great space.

Authors and Works:

Tommy Mouton, Stienbeck Fellow, San Jose State University, “Those That Walk”

Karie Stephens, “Happily”

Leslie Hoffman, “On Our Way Home”

Kathleen De Azevedo, excerpt from “The Day of St. John,” published in Boston Review, June 2000, available online http://www.bostonreview.net/fiction/kathleen-de-azevedo-day-saint-john

Pratibha Kelapure, “Running Water”

Ken Weisner, “The Builder” published in The Sacred Geometry of Pedestrians (2002, Hummingbirds Press)

Julia Halprin Jackson, co-founder, Play on Words, Nos. 9, 10, 13,& 37 from the series, What We Write About When We Write About Love

Lita Kurth, “Autobiography of the Letter A”

Cludia Monpere, “The Cleaning Woman”

Lucy Filppu, “We Are Told”

Sarah Kobrinsky, Emeryville Poet Laureate, “To the Tooth,” published in Berkeley Fiction Review, 2010

Victoria M. Johnson, “BooKstore Chat”

The May Forum featured a wonderfully diverse and talented group!

May 14th, 2014


Authors and Works


  1. Gary Singh, “Racetrack Massacre,” published in Burning Word http://burningword.com/2014/04/racetrack-massacre/
  2. Kevin Arnold, “Art Anthony Aloft”
  3. Paige Anderson, “Mm-an Autobiography”
  4. James Bonacci, “The Reader”
  5. Hart Rosenberg, “Tongues”
  6. Yeganeh Modirzadeh, “Rosa”
  7. Tania Martin, “Pink Suitcase”
  8. Tarn Wilson, “What I Feared: Drugs” chapter from Slow Farm, published by Ovenbird Books, 2014
  9. Betsy Miller, “Fractions”
  10. Ruth Littmann-Ashkenazi, “Wild Hair”
  11. Cynthia Patton, “Pick-ups at The Dog Park, (published as a longer version, “The Little Matchmaker”, in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game, 2013)
  12. Dallas Woodburn, Stienbeck Fellow, “How My Parents Fell in Love”, published in The Newport Review


Wow! We filled every seat in the house!! Thanks to all our wonderful readers for their impassioned stories.

Jan Berkeley, “Double Fantasy”

Victoria M. Johnson, “Thirteen Things toDo on Friday the 13th”

Emily Breunig, “For the Children,” an excerpt from her novel, A Ghost at The Edge of the Sea

Jessica Barksdale Inclan, “He Grabbed Me,” published in KneeJerk Magazine, Oct., 2013

Celia Stahr, “Detriot: Independence Day, 1932” drawn from a larger work in progress, Frida Kahlo in America: A Mexican Artist’s Cross-Cultral Journey Into the Unknown

Donnelle McGee, “Homecoming,” an excerpt from his new book, NAKED, due out in spring from small press Unbound Content


Marilyn Fahey, “Last Letter”

Allison Landa, “Creation,” published in Toasted Cheese and nominated for a Micro Award.

Leslie E. Hoffman, “Cecile Street,” first published in PenhouseInk’s Remembering Our Future

Lita Kurth, “Wow. Wolf,” published under a pseudonym in an undisclosed location

Leah Browning, “Touch,” first published in Wigleaf, Sept. 2012, http:wigleaf.com

Renee M. Schell, “Suburban Fantasy”

January 8th Reading

Authors and Works:

Kristen Chen (former Steinbeck Fellow), “Meine Liebe” published in HOBART, Jan. ’09

John Mitchell, “Then We Let Go”

Dave Denny (former Poet Laureate of Cupertino), “Oh Monster, My Monster” published in Fool in the Attic, collection, 2013

Kevin Arnold, “The Flashlight Next to the Glovebox”

Lita Kurth, “Roque Dalton” (inspired by Tessie Scharaga’s installation, “Dialogue with a Dead Poet/Diálogo con un Poeta Muerto”

Parthenia Hicks (former Poet Laureate of Los Gatos), “Jared’s Shadow”

Ken Weisner, “All-Day Bus Trip to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival” from the collection, Anything on Earth

Chris Krohn, “From Santa Cruz to Berkeley, Next Stop: Managua”

Maria Judnick, “The Captain”

Tarn Wilson, “The Moment I Can’t Remember” excerpt from memoir, The Slow Farm, forthcoming in 2014

Victoria M. Johnson, “Trailer Park Queen”

Tania Martin, “The Artist’s Model”


Thanks to all our participants including our fabulous audience!