An Evening of FLASH FICTION from 52|250

December 16, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An Evening of FLASH FICTION from 52|250

December 16, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come to 52|250 A Night of Flash for an evening of short sharp storytelling. Writers from around the world experimented their way through 52 weeks of creative exuberance with 250-word stories or poems prompted by a single theme. This online project closed in 2011, and now the editors and writers converge for one night only at KGB to celebrate and read. Preview these writers’ stories at http://52250flash.wordpress.com/ and then come hear their collected work take life off the page for the first time ever. An energetic evening of fiction!

A little about the readers, with excerpts from their stories:

Tina Barry lives in Brooklyn, New York, the writers’ capital of the world. Her fiction and poetry appear in print and online publications. She’s 12 credits shy of her M.F.A.

At the flea market where we buy candles shaped like fairies and soap that wafts patchouli, sits a man in a wheelchair. He wears an old black tux, shiny at the elbows, and his gray hair has been styled and sprayed into a fragile tornado.

Walter Bjorkman is a writer, photographer and editor from Brooklyn, NY, now residing in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and likes to think he plays a mean acoustic blues guitar . His works have appeared in Word Riot, Scrambler, fwriction : review, Poets & Artists, THIS Literary Magazine, Connotation Press, Blue Fifth Review, Foliate Oak, Wilderness House Literary Review, A-Minor, Blue Print Review, Metazen and others. His collection of short stories, Elsie’s World, was published in January 2011. He is a former editor at Voices, 52|250 A Year of Flash, Thrush Poetry Journal and Thrush Press.

Onca Ole retired in 1965 after forty years working in a 64 story office building in Manhattan, starting as a janitor, and working his way up to chief engineer, then building manager. Always keeps a $5 bill in his shoe.

Leah Brennan studies fiction and poetry at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she also teaches ESL and yoga. Her translations of French op-eds can be found at WatchingAmerica.com, and her Etch-a-Sketch art at Pittsburgh’s finest art galleries.

I brought you shells from Hawaii. I hope you like them, but maybe you don’t care. They look good here, though. Like they belong.

Rae Bryant’s collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press, NY, 2011), was nominated for the Pen/Hemingway and Pushcart awards. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Redivider, among other publications. She is a contributor atNew York Journal of Books and The Nervous Breakdown and teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she is editor in chief of The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review.

Usurping male libidos for the betterment of society through literary theory and sex. It was a nice idea. Made us sound legitimate but I wasn’t in it for society, couldn’t have cared less about society. It was the role play.

John Wentworth Chapin lives and writes in Baltimore where he runs a university writing center and teaches. He recently completed a caper novel, Alexandrite, which he is shopping around, and he edits A Baker’s Dozen, an offshoot of the 52|250 project which he co-edited with Michelle Elvy.

It happens fast: her high heel catches on the picnic bench, and she tries to catch her balance, hopping on the other high heel. When the heel becomes free, she goes flying where she’s leaning, and in a second, she’s in the creek.

Catharine Davis’s work has appeared at Blip Magazine, Blue Five Notebook, kaffe in katmandu, Blue Print Review, 52|250 A Year of Flash, and elsewhere, and has received the Joan Johnson Award in Fiction. She is an Assistant Professor teaching writing at a small college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In another life, she created sets for a bunch of films, from Blue Velvet to Brokeback Mountain. The blue motif may be coincidental–or not.

I watch the sexy strut of dissolution coming onward. My sultry almost-cowboy hitches and rolls his lizard rhythm down the road, pacing this eternal inevitable path. The jingle-jangle of desire pulses against the lassitude of the dust. His shadow is long.

Michelle Elvy was the founder of the 52|250 project in 2010. She writes and edits and sails in and around New Zealand. Currently, she edits Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, Blue Five Notebook and A Baker’s Dozen. Her poetry and prose can be found in various print and online journals. Michelle’s latest project is a collection of flash fictions set in historical New Zealand, thanks to a 2012 NZ Society of Authors/ Auckland Museum research grant.

The last time Emily wore her hair down was fifteen years back. But this was a celebration. Hairpins lay scattered on her dressing table, the tight dark twist finally released.

After growing up as a southern gypsy, Lou Freshwater is currently working on her master’s thesis, which is also her first novel, for an MA in literature and creative writing at Rhode Island College.  Her work has been published in journals including The Arthur Miller Journal, Modern Haiku, Red Wheelbarrow, Blue Five Notebook and Interrobang.  She blogs about things at LouFreshwater.com and plays on twitter quite often.

She turns her lips in toward each other like a Venus Flytrap and she rubs them together. The obese kid with the long ponytail who always wears the Metallica T-shirts watches her. His mouth opens and hangs, he leaves his eyes open but he doesn’t seem to be there anymore.

Kelly L. Grotke, formerly of Chicago, currently lives in Finland, where she works as a postdoctoral researcher in European history at the University of Helsinki law school. Being a writer, she’s published a few things on various topics. Thanks to her friends, she was encouraged to write fictions, and now she carries around a special notebook in which to write things down that might otherwise have gone missing.

“This family moved to the city after the war, and we’ve hung on like ticks on a dog’s ass ever since,” his father would say. “Someday, one of us is going to explode. You’ll see.”

Stephen Hastings-King lives by a salt marsh in Essex, Massachusetts where he makes constraints, works with prepared piano and writes entertainments of various kinds. His short fictions have appeared in Sleepingfish, Black Warrior Review, elimae, Blue Five Notebook and elsewhere.

Somewhere there is a photograph of my father standing in a field of corn. I remember the photograph. Not the field. Not the corn. Not the father.

Bernard Heise lives with his family on a sailboat, currently in New Zealand. He works as a German-to-English translator and, on occasion, he writes a few things down or takes a few pictures.

Years later, we still marvel at the sparkling night sky, following with our eyes the moving points of light as the debris of capitalism re-enters the atmosphere and burns. We tell stories, like this one, drink kava, and eat well, for the breadfruit tree is bountiful. 

Kyle Hemmings is the author of several chapbooks of poetry and prose: Avenue C, Cat People, and Anime Junkie (Scars Publications), and Tokyo Girls in Science Fiction (NAP). His latest e-books are You Never Die in Wholes from Good Story Press and The Truth about Onions from Good Samaritan.  He has been published in Wigleaf, Storyglossia, Elimae, Match Book, This Zine Will Save Your Life, and other zines. Kyle lives and writes in New Jersey.

Your SS Girlfriend with the sleek belly & gorgeous scars from ripping off Avenue A dealers has you on a leash of short-term amnesia.

Linda Simoni-Wastila lives and loves in Baltimore, a town where her Northern birthright and Southern breeding comfortably comingle. Her poems and stories are published or forthcoming in The 2013 Poet’s Market, MiCrow, A Baker’s Dozen, The Sun, Thunderclap!, Monkeybicycle, Eclectic Flash, Nanoism, Camroc Press Review, Every Day Fiction, Every Day Poetry, BluePrint Review, Istanbul Literary Review, The Shine Journal, and Boston Literary Magazine.

The escalator whisks you silent into the dim bowels of the station. At the bottom, the box thuds at your feet: mug, wedding photo, the 25-year pen. You think you should feel lighter, somehow unencumbered, but you don’t.

Joe Sullivan is author of a novel, Three Thirds, and fiction and poetry in Overflow, Monkeybicycle, Poets/Artists and On Earth As It is. His recent nonfiction is in Gently Read Literature, The Rumpus, and Dance Teacher, where he’s managing editor. He’s also an accomplished sax player, recording and performing all over New York City.

Coming down the stairs, you didn’t see me at all. I watched you lumbering closely. I wondered what they’d done to you to make you move this way.

Susan Tepper, a fiction writer and poet, is the author of four published books.  She has been nominated 9 times for the Puschart Prize.  Her novel What May Have Been (Cervena Barva Press, 2010, co-authored with Gary Percesepe, was nominated for a Pulitzer. More at www.susantepper.com.

We strangers sleep together family style.

Robert Vaughan leads writing roundtables at Redbird- Redoak Writing. His prose and poetry can be found in numerous journals. His short fiction, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” was a finalist in the Micro-Fiction Awards 2012. He is senior flash fiction editor at JMWW, and Lost in Thought magazines. He was the head judge for Wisconsin People & Ideas 2012 Fiction contest. He hosts Flash Fiction Fridays for WUWM’s Lake Effect. His book, Flash Fiction Fridays, is at Amazon. His poetry chapbook, Microtones, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press.

JOE is changing, becoming more and more of an asshole. By the time Lucy reaches the New Mexico state line, JOE is a perfect fuckhead.

Virginia Watkins is a writer, living in way Western Massachusetts with her family. This is the first reading she’s participated in in a very long time.

My fingers reached across, over the edge, but the basket was so small, and it only held five oranges. How long would five oranges keep them happy?


Eryk Wenziak serves as editor of rIgor mort.US and art editor at A-minor Magazine. He has appeared in numerous journals, including elimae, Used Furniture Review, HOUSEFIRE, and Short, Fast, and Deadly, and has published three chapbooks: 4am (No Press); 1975 (Deadly Chaps Press and nominated for a Pushcart Prize); Status Programs | Some Rules For Us To Break, a collaborative poetry effort. His visual art is available at Red Fox Press (Ireland) as part of their Visual Flux Portfolio Series.

I will pick up the flag and trace a figure eight into the high sky. Like a child burning their name with a sparkler. The figure eight will fall on its side. Become infinity

Guy Yasko translates between Japanese and English and writes small stories in between.

Tomorrow will be the same: high skies, relentless sunshine, token clouds. There is no hope for change, not until the monsoon dialectic generates its own destruction. My neighbours take refuge in air-conditioning and ghost stories. I take cold showers and dream of thunderstorms.

Sunday Fiction director: Questions contact: Suzanne Dottino suzanne@kgbbar.com

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,