Kicking off the new year with news from my recent trip to Europe. First, I had the pleasure of reading in Berlin in December, with a reading series sponsored by The Reader and SAND Journal, with Lucy Jones and Florian Duijsens. Great fun meeting these people and hearing some of the remarkable stories read aloud. The evening included a flash-interview with me about the Best Small Fictions series, and between Florian and me we read a number of stories. Florian added special flair to the reading of ‘The Waterfall’ by Alberto Chimal (translated by George Henson), and the audience also heard ‘Tempus Fugit’ by Daniel Aristi and ‘The Thousand and One Tongues’ by Toh EnJoh (translated by David Boyd), in addition to more poetry and stories by audience members. Below are a few photos from Best Small Fictions in Berlin.
Meanwhile, Flash Frontier and Blue Five Notebook have just announced their Best Small Fictions nominations for the 2017 volume. Very pleased to share this news!
For Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction:
Matthew Dexter, Blizzard (September, motel)
Tina Barry, Come Back (February, dance)
Sandra Arnold, The Scent of Lemons (November, birds)
Rachel Smith, How to make a necklace from a dead bird (November, birds)
Patrick Pink, Taking my Boyfriend to his Tangihanga (December, micro)
For Blue Five Notebook:
Karen Head, Settling Down (spring quarterly)
Charles Huschle, The Trail, The Pool, The Snake (winter quarterly)
Lenny DellaRocca, The Box (summer quarterly)
Rich Ives, Having Given Up Hope, He Is Sure of Himself (flash special)
Zoë Meager, Treaty, 1941 (December collaboration issue)