The Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Series will present a flash fiction reading with writers Grant Faulkner, Kim Magowan, and Michelle Ross on Wednesday, April 10, 7-8 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room at Drake University. The event is free and open to the public.

The three authors will read selections of their “flash fiction”—stories that unfold in fewer than 1000 words—and engage in a question and answer session about their work and the flash fiction genre.

About the authors

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He published Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories, Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story, and Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review. They have also been included in anthologies such as Best Small Fictions 2016 and Norton’s New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He also hosts Write-minded, a weekly podcast on writing and publishing.

Kim Magowan is the fiction editor for Pithead Chapel. Her short story collection Undoing won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award and was published in March 2018. Her novel The Light Source is forthcoming from 7.13 Books in 2019. Her fiction has been published in Atticus Review, Bird’s Thumb, Cleaver, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, JMWW, New World Writing, Sixfold, and many other journals.

Michelle Ross is the author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, The Common, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, SmokeLong QuarterlyTriQuarterly, and other venues. She is the fiction editor for Atticus Review and was a consulting editor for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology.

About the Writers and Critics Series

The Glaspell Writers and Critics Series is supported by the Department of English and grants from Drake’s Center for the Humanities, Drake University, the Slay Fund for Social Justice, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Named in honor of Drake alumna and Pulitzer-Prize-Winning playwright and journalist Susan Glaspell (Philosophy, 1899), the series has featured recipients of the Guggenheim Fellowship, MacArthur Genius Award, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Plimpton Prize, and one finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Past speakers include George Saunders, Alison Bechdel, Chigozie Obioma, Ocean Vuong, Dan Chaon, Devoney Looser, Kiese Laymon, and Alexia Arthurs.

Learn more about the Writers & Critics Series here.

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