Author Bio


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Contact me at: Kathy Fish is a faculty mentor in Fiction at the Mile-High MFA at Regis University in Denver. Additionally, she teaches two-week intensive Fast Flash© Workshops. Her fourth collection of short fiction, RIFT, co-authored with Robert Vaughan, released in December, 2015 from Unknown Press.

Fish’s story, “Strong Tongue” was chosen by Amy Hempel for Best Small Fictions, 2017. Her work also appeared in Best Small Fictions 2016, edited by Stuart Dybek. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, Black Lawrence Press, 2015, Richard Thomas (ed.), Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good, Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2015, H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, (eds.), Yemassee Journal, Elm Leaves Journal, Slice, Guernica, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review online, Denver Quarterly, New South, Quick Fiction, and various other journals and anthologies. She was the guest editor of Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2010. She is the author of three other collections of short fiction: a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, “A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women” (Rose Metal Press, 2008), “Wild Life” (Matter Press, 2011) and “Together We Can Bury It” available from The Lit Pub. Professional memberships: AWP and Pen America.

“Kathy Fish wields words with intimate precision and in doing so, she opens up the world in ways that can be exhilarating or devastating and always unforgettable.” – Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist & An Untamed State

“No one does compressed fiction like Kathy Fish. Her precision is unparalleled. Every detail, every line, every word does double, triple duty. Every beat is flawless.” Sara Lippmann, author of Doll Palace

“I’m convinced there are few living authors who are better at flash fiction than Kathy Fish.” David Abrams, author of Fobbit

“Most of what I know about flash fiction I learned from reading Kathy Fish’s work. She’s a consummate master of the short form…” Ravi Mangla, author of Understudies

“You have to write flash fiction to know how damn good Kathy Fish is, she makes it look so effortless. But it takes a lot of skill to produce the little gems she writes.” Tara Masih, author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows and Series Editor, Best Small Fictions (Queen’s Ferry Press)

 “Kathy Fish has the uncanny ability to reduce life’s most intimate and revealing moments into a flash of insight and wisdom.” Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration

25 thoughts on “Author Bio

  1. Hi, Kathy,
    This blog is so much fun! Thanks for creating it.
    I’m writing because I’d like to invite you to contribute a piece of lit to WordPlaySound ( I was originally drawn to your work through Rose Metal Press, since that outfit is based in Chicago, and I’m a big fan of the books it produces. Anyway, if you’re interested in sharing a cut from your 2008 publication with Rose Metal or anything else (published or unpublished), WPS would love to feature it.
    Please take your time in considering this, and feel free to email me any questions or comments. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Be well,

  2. Hi Kathy. I see that your collection, Together We Can Bury It is sold out. I can’t even find a used copy on Amazon. Do you have any suggestions for where I can find a copy? Thanks.

    • Argh, I think I missed your deadline, Barry. I appreciate your interest in my work and also, appreciate all that you’ve done with Camroc and flash fiction over the years. Kudos and best wishes for any and all of your future projects!

      • Yes, I would very much have liked to pubbed some of your fine work, Kathy. Thank you for the kind words, though. Who knows, there may be chapbooks in Camroc Press’s future.

        Have a great Thanksgiving.


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  4. Hi Kathy
    Please sign me up for your fast flash intensive inDecember or whenever there is an opening. We read together in Santa Fe when Meg Tuite put together Twisted readings last winter. Ihope we can work together.
    My best,Barbara Robidoux.

    • Hi Barbara! Good to “see” you. The November wait list is not filled yet. I’ll put your name down and get in touch with you as we get closer to November. It will be wonderful to work with you!

  5. Hi Kathy,

    I just signed up for your flash workshop. Stoked!

    But there didn’t seem to be a way to specify which one – I’d like to do the December dates! Could you confirm?

    My PayPal e-mail is different from what I’m listing here — but super similar, so you can match it up to the one I used to sign up via PayPal.


    • Hi Marian, I’m so looking forward to working with you in December! It’s going to be a great group. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Louise, I’d be happy to! I’ll be sending out an email in early January, advertising the upcoming workshops. Thanks so much for your interest!

    • Hi Jennifer! Not really. I make use of memories a lot in the exercises and have had CNF writers take the course before. Would love to have you join in! You can get on the email list by filling out the form here on the site. Thanks for your interest!

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