Gay Degani, Kathy Fish, Sally Reno, and Nancy Stholman gather at Denver’s Mercury Cafe F-Bomb and discuss some of the Women Who Flash Their Lit forum topics. What is the appeal of flash fiction to readers? How do we reach readers beyond the world of flash readers? How do we mainstream flash or how and in what ways have people always written short—”because people have always written short…”
The F-Bomb is Denver’s monthly flash fiction performance event. January 2016’s F-Bomb “Mouth Crimes,” was hosted by Kathy Fish and featured Gay Degani and Sally Reno. Enjoy a recording of the show here from the Audio Art Journal Rocky Mountain Revival.
Gay Degani began writing in the fifth grade and placed second in the Atlantic Monthly Writing Contest for High School Students when she was a high school senior. She followed this surprising honor with a twenty-five-year hiatus from her typewriter, turning her attention to college, career, and family. With the help of a computer, she began again in 1999. Her short stories have been published online and in print. Three have been nominated for Pushcart consideration, and others have placed first or been recognized in competitions. Her suspense novel, What Came Before, was published in 2014, preceded an eight-story collection, Pomegranate, in 2010. Her collection, Rattle of Want, comes out on November 20, 2016. She is the founder and editor emeritus at Flash Fiction Chronicles, an editor at Smokelong Quarterly, and blogs at Words in Place
Kathy Fish has joined the faculty of the Mile-High MFA at Regis University in Denver. She will be teaching flash fiction. Additionally, she teaches two-week intensive Fast Flash© Workshops. Recently, she served as Consulting Editor for the Queen’s Ferry Press The Best Small Fictions 2015. Her fourth collection of short fiction, Rift, co-authored with Robert Vaughan, is set to release in December, 2015 from Unknown Press.
Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2015), Threadcount, Guernica, Indiana Review, New World Writing, Denver Quarterly, New South, Yemassee Journal, 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 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 (The Lit Pub, 2012). She blogs at http://www.kathy-fish.com/.
Sally Reno’s fiction has been among the winners of National Public Radio’s Three Minute Fiction Contest, Moon Milk Review’s Prosetry Contest, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in a vaporish grotto where she serves as Pythoness to blink-ink print and Haruspex for Shining Mountains Press.
Author photo by Jesse Coley
Born on Paradise Island to a race of Amazon Warriors, Nancy Stohlman came to America to fight for peace, justice, and truth. Her tools include her Lasso of Truth–a rope that compels truth-telling from those bound by it–her bullet-deflecting bracelets, and an invisible airplane that flies faster than the speed of sound.
Her books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories(2014), The Monster Opera (2013), Searching for Suzi: a flash novel (2009), Live From Palestine (2003), and three anthologies of flash fiction including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape (2010), which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of The F-Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, a founding member of Fast Forward Press, and her work has been recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
By night Nancy straps on stilettos and becomes the lead singer of the lounge metal band Kinky Mink. She dreams of one day becoming a pirate.