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Mention on the Bullets into Bells Blog

I was gratified to see “Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild” linked on the Bullets Into Bells website, on their “Read More” page, alongside essays and poetry by Shannon Reed, Tess Taylor, Danez Smith, Nick Flynn, and others. This is an important anthology I think everyone should read now: Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence:

“We live in an age where gun violence and mass shootings have become commonplace in the US. Edited by Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague, and Dean Rader, Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence brings together the voices of poets and citizens most impacted to call for the end of gun violence with the activist power of poetry.

“Survivors, advocates, and allies can change hearts and minds—and move more people to join the fight for solutions—by telling stories about the irreparable damage that gun violence does to families and communities across the country.”
—from the foreword by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly

New flash in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading

Pretty thrilled to be mentioned in the same sentence as Lydia Davis and Amelia Gray, I’m not gonna lie…

“For the 300th issue of Recommended Reading, which happens to fall on Valentine’s Day, we opened submissions to your 300-word stories of love and heartbreak. Every day this week, we’ll publish two of our favorites from the nearly 500 submissions we received, along with contributions from three greats of flash fiction, Lydia Davis, Amelia Gray, and Kathy Fish. We think of this special five-part issue as a love letter to the thousands of writers who have submitted to Recommended Reading, and the hundreds of thousands who have read our magazine over the past five and a half years. Thank you for sticking with us, and cheers to 300 more.” —Halimah Marcus

My piece is up now, kicking off what promises to be a stellar week. Read it here: “i love you.”

And don’t miss Dorothy Bendel’s terrific piece, “Thank You For Your Order.”

Here’s to new adventures…

Playa Negra, Costa Rica

I’m so excited (and a little nervous!) this beautiful morning. Today, my amazing, multi-talented friend, Nancy Stohlman, and I are launching the website for our new adventure: Flash Fiction Retreats. Months of planning and exchanging roughly nine hundred million emails have resulted in our forthcoming writing retreats: Breckenridge, Colorado in August and (drumroll) stunning Costa Rica in January of 2019! I’m so grateful for Nancy’s energy and unflagging enthusiasm. It’s going to be so much fun and I can’t wait to work and write in person with both people I know and new friends. Anyway, wish us luck! I hope you will consider joining us. And stay tuned, we’ve got much more in store for you.

“I wondered about the explorers who’d sailed their ships to the end of the world. How terrified they must have been when they risked falling over the edge; how amazed to discover, instead, places they had seen only in their dreams.” Jodi Picoult

“Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild” featured at One Great Things

Honored that my flash, “Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild” was featured at Michael Schmeltzer and Meghan McClure’s wonderful new blog, One Great Things. Many thanks.

“Fish’s inventive and joyful use of language is on full display from the beginning. (“A group of grandmothers is a tapestry. A group of toddlers, a jubilance.”) Within the smallest flash package (a mere 135 words or so) we unpack rhythms and delightful diction, emotions that take us from glee to awe to reverence. But just as we are “gathered and feeling good,” Fish gives us a turn, she gives us knowledge we can’t return from.”

The whole review may be read HERE.

“Stop Dragging: A One-Act Play” up at Hobart

“Stop Dragging: A One-Act Play”

I wrote a weirdo one-act play with nine characters and remarkably, Hobart magazine published it.

Thanks so much to guest editor Bud Smith.

It’s been a slow year for me publishing-wise, but I’m proud of what I did get out there. I’ve received no less than six Pushcart nominations for my work this year and yeah, Pushcart gets over 10,000 nominations yearly, so I’m not holding my breath. Still it’s nice for the small recognition and I’m grateful to the small publishers and especially publishers of flash fiction, who nominate against all odds.

Happy holidays and here’s to a much brighter New Year. Love and peace. Stay strong, my friends.

“Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild” at Jellyfish Review

(Image by Eva Rinaldi)

Dusting off my blog here with some news…My piece, “Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild” was recently published at the wonderful Jellyfish Review. I’d been asked to contribute by editor Christopher James to celebrate their 2nd anniversary and had another piece cued up, but then the shooting in Las Vegas happened and I was so shaken and devastated I wrote this piece and asked Chris if he’d publish it instead. To his great credit, he agreed. Anyway, it weighs in at under 150 words and I’ve seen people call it a poem, a flash fiction, even an essay. I think it’s sort of a hybrid piece, a prose poem. Doesn’t matter. I’m glad I wrote it and I’m extremely grateful for the huge response. Thank you, everyone who has read and shared the piece and for those of you who wrote to me about it.

2017 Newfound Prose Prize Opens Today!

newfound-prose-contestI’m honored to be judging the 2017 Newfound Prose Prize. Please send your beautiful chapbook length fiction or nonfiction work! Esteemed panelists Ashley Hutson, Michele Finn Johnson, and Rowland Saifi will be doing the first round of reading and long list selection. This contest closes March 15th, so you have time to polish your work and send it in!

“The Heart of Flash” Weekend Flash with Word Tango Sept. 23-25th – Registration Open!

I’m very excited to teach “The Heart of Flash: Characters Who Yearn,” an all new weekend flash workshop with Word Tango.

Registration is now open and spaces are limited! Go HERE to read some really nice testimonials for my classes and to sign up!

Best Small Fictions 2016 Launches TODAY!

BSF 2016 front copySo honored that my story, “A Room With Many Small Beds” from RIFT, and originally published in Threadcount Magazine, was chosen by Stuart Dybek for inclusion in this stellar anthology. Congratulations also to my co-author, Robert Vaughan, whose story, “A Box” (also in RIFT) was also selected. Huge thanks to Tara Masih and her team for their tireless efforts in showcasing the best in short short fiction from all over the world. And of course, thanks to Stuart Dybek, whose work I admire so much.

From the Goodreads page: “This second installment of The Best Small Fictions continues to celebrate the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words. Forty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Alberto Chimal, Toh EnJoe, Kathy Fish, Amelia Gray, Etgar Keret, R. O. Kwon, and Eliel Lucero—offer readers “some of the brightest concise writing available today” (NewPages). With spotlights on Texture Press and author Megan Giddings, the acclaimed new series, with its “finger on the pulse,” succeeds in its aim to make something big from many small things.”

Featuring Small Fictions by:

Amir Adam, Daniel Aristi, Tina Barry, Paul Beckman, Laurie Blauner, John Brantingham, Alberto Chimal, Justin Lawrence Daugherty, Toh EnJoe, Grant Faulkner, Kathy Fish, Rosie Forrest,Megan Giddings, Amelia Gray, Charles Hansmann, Britt Haraway, Mary-Jane Holmes, Laird Hunt, A. Nicole Kelly, James Kennedy, Etgar Keret, R. O. Kwon, Nathan Leslie, Paul Lisicky, Eliel Lucero, Nancy Ludmerer, Melissa Manning, Michael Martone, Elizabeth Morton, David Naimon, Jessica Plante, Dianca London Potts, Dawn Raffel, James Reidel, Sophie Rosenblum, Caitlin Scarano, Vincent Scarpa, Robert Scotellaro, Courtney Sender, Janey Skinner, Curtis Smith, Robert Vaughan, Clio Velentza

“Prepare to be surprised by this striking new series–it has quickly become essential reading.” ~Amy Hempel

ALL NEW weekend flash workshop with Word Tango in Sept. Stay tuned!

I’m teaming up with the wonderful Word Tango in September for a new online flash fiction course, Sept. 23-25th! Stay tuned for more details and get on the mailing list for updates and first dibs on registration. These are always a lot of fun for me to teach (and fun for the participants too, I hope!):

Word Tango Weekend Flash with Kathy Fish

New Stories & Interview At The Short Story

TSSLovely Marie Gethins interviewed me about all things flash and my recent co-authored flash collection with Robert Vaughan, RIFT, for The Short Story. Marie asked great questions!

I have a couple of new stories published in stellar places! First, “Imagine Your Daughter Is a Cherry Red Convertible,” a micro under 100 words, at New World Writing. Many thanks to editors Kim Chinquee and Frederick Barthelme.

And “I Have Not Pushed Back My Cuticles with An Orange Stick Since the Nixon Administration,” at the wonderful, long-standing journal, Monkeybicycle. Monkeybicycle published one of my first stories, “The Next Stanley Kubrick,” back in 2007 or so. I’m honored to be back. Thanks so much to editor James Tate Hill.

dodge luhan houseAnd wow, it’s August already! Looking forward to the workshop I’m running with Robert Vaughan in Taos later this month. Some few spaces remain if you’re interested in joining us! What a magical place.

Beautiful Taos, NM in August! Come write with us at historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House!

dodge luhan houseWe have a few remaining openings for our week-long workshop (Aug. 20-26th): “Exploratory Fiction: Tap In, Dig Deep, Discover Voice.” Robert Vaughan and I will be leading a unique writing experience at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House once owned by Dennis Hopper and visited by the likes of Martha Graham, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence and more! Eat, sleep, write, and commune with fellow writers in a magical setting. More info here: Exploratory Fiction with Robert Vaughan & Kathy Fish, Tao, NM

Please help amazing writer, friend, and literary citizen, Nancy Stohlman…

Nancy StohlmanNancy was recently injured in a head-on collision by a car going 60 mph. She is currently hospitalized and will not be able to teach this summer as she continues to heal. I can think of few writers in the literary community as energetic, inspiring, and generous as Nancy. Please contribute if you can:

Go Fund Me for Nancy Stohlman

Wigleaf Top 50!

Artwork by Philip Bond
Artwork by Philip Bond
Well. I am astounded and grateful that two of my stories were chosen by Matthew Salesses for the 2015 Wigleaf Top 50. Both stories, “Ripe” and “Tool” were published by Lauren Becker, editor of the wonderful Corium Magazine. I also thrilled that my story “The Children Called Him Yuck-Yuck” published by Ellen Parker in FRiGG, was chosen for the long list. I’m very honored to be among the fantastic writers on both lists.

Thanks so much to Selecting Editor, Matthew Salesses, as well as Series Editor, Marcelle Heath and all of her team of readers. And thanks, of course, to Scott Garson, editor of Wigleaf. This is a huge effort every year to recognize and showcase the best flash fiction published online. As Marcelle Heath says in her foreword:

Flash fiction opens up the page, becomes larger and more fluid, and gives back to us so that we can see what remains: vitality, provocation, enchantment.

Again, thanks so much. I had a few painful years of hardly writing at all. This and all the recognition my stories have received this past year mean the world to me.

Two of My Stories Featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1st Ever Story Vending Machine in the U.S.

zoetrope cafeThis is the most fun thing to happen in my writing life in a long time. Two of my stories have been chosen to be sold in the first ever story vending machine in the U.S. This has been introduced already in France and Coppola unveiled his story machine at Zoetrope Cafe in San Francisco last week. More about this HERE! If you’re in San Francisco, do check it out and buy a story! story vending machine