Book Review: They Kept Running

By Beret Olsen
Michelle Ross’s latest collection of flash fiction, They Kept Running, is the 2022 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for short fiction. It’s also a bruise of a book, bleeding beneath its tender skin, painful and strangely beautiful.

Book Review: The House of Grana Padano

By Celia Bland
In The House of Grana Padano, the collaboration between Meg Pokrass and Jeff Friedman blends rhythms and styles seamlessly. These two masters of the microfiction form generate a dialectic that plays within the rigorous requirements of their chosen genre.

Book Review: Snowdog

By Beret Olsen
In Snowdog, Kim Chinquee’s latest collection of flash fiction, the writing is clean and concise, the language unornamented. “[T]he best time to make fake snow is when it’s actually snowing,” she writes in the opening story.

Flash Exercise: Cut It In Half

Writers aren’t always sure what is and isn’t necessary in their work, especially since they’ve lovingly crafted every word. Each story will ultimately tell you what it needs, but a great exercise to make that clearer is to cut your story in half.

Book Review: The Bitter Kind

By Beret Olsen
The Bitter Kind is sixty-eight pages of legend, lemons, ghosts, and begonias, shifting deftly between genre and perspective.

Book Review: The Inexplicable Grey Space Called Love

By Beret Olsen
Chuck Augello's new book, The Inexplicable Grey Space Called Love, enthralled by the magic of words, potent even when I couldn’t fully understand them. Perhaps meaning cannot ever be seen in simple terms.

Review: For Girls Forged by Lightning

By Beret Olsen
Molly Fuller's new book, For Girls Forged by Lightning, is as ferocious as it is lyrical. This collection of 51 short pieces of "prose and other poems" is beautiful and brutal. Remember to breathe.

Book Review: Anthropology’s 101 True Love Stories

By Andrea Daniels
If this is a cultural study of a tribe, it’s a tribe with one cuckolded male and 101 beautiful women, virtually all of whom treat his heart with the sentimentality of an ashtray.

Book Review: 420 Characters

By Paul Strohm
For those who didn't know his primary work, this volume's accompanying illustrations reveal Lou Beach as a collage-maker and graphic surrealist, an accomplished maestro of dream-like juxtapositions and mixed surface-depth relations.

Sportin’ Jack: A Guarded, Laconic Jigsaw Puzzle of Memory

By Alex Zwerdling
A hundred hundred-worders? I was expecting something less ambitious in such a tightly restricted form.