August 27: Boulder Fringe Festival

 

The Boulder Poetry Tribe Presents:
“For the Howlers: A Five Part Series of Poetic Performance”
More info on the entire lineup of poets here
Boulder Fringe Festival Tickets and info here
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Saturday, August 27
8 pm
 Nick Busheff and Nancy Stohlman perform pieces from:
Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities
(forthcoming)
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along with incredible members of the Boulder Poetry Tribe!
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“Naked” published in 100 Word Story

Naked

 by Nancy Stohlman
The scissors slide easily through the thick denim of my favorite blue jeans, fromnaked1-300x294 ankle to waist, ankle to waist, as one leg then the other falls away. He slices up the middle of my thin cotton shirt like tissue paper, unwraps me, my pink Victoria’s Secret bra a final ribbon snipped and spilling to the ground, leaving me naked. Exposed.

Are you having trouble breathing? he asks with kind brown eyes.

A little, on one side, I whisper.

We’ll be there soon he says, gently placing an oxygen mask as the ambulance sirens rattle the warm evening air.

 

 Published in 100 Word Story. Read the original here

July 19: 2nd Annual Fbomb Flash Fiction Festival

All shows begin at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver.

FESTIVAL THEME: ELVIS LUAU!

The FBOMB (Flash-Bomb) Reading Series is Denver’s only flash fiction reading series!  A beautiful blend of amateur and professional set in the quirky Mercury Cafe.

If you’re flash-curious, come on down and see what all the fuss is about! Open mic slots are first come first served and are limited to 3-4 mins–the length of one flash piece.

Join Facebook Page here

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Come one, come all!

1940s nancyHost Nancy Stohlman! Nancy Stohlman’s books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, The Monster Opera,  Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of the Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, the impetus behind FlashNano, and her work was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Find out more about her at www.nancystohlman.com

Chris BFeaturing Chris Bowen! Christopher Bowen is the author of We Were Giants (Sunnyoutside Press, 2013) and the forthcoming When I Return To You, I Will Be Unfed. He lives and works as a chef in Cleveland and blogs from Burning River.

DavidFeaturing David S. Atkinson! David S. Atkinson is the author of “Not Quite so Stories” (Literary Wanderlust), “The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes” (2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor), and “Bones Buried in the Dirt” (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). His writing appears in “Bartleby Snopes,” “Grey Sparrow Journal,” “Atticus Review,” and others. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/ and he spends his non-literary time working as a patent attorney in Denver.

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 Featuring April Bradley! April Bradley is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives with her family on the Conneticut shoreline near New Haven. Her work has appeared in Boston Literary, Flash Fiction Chronicles, Flash Fronteir, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Magazine, Narratively, Pure Slush, Southern Women’s Review, and Thrice Fiction, among others. She has a MA in Ethics from Yale University and studied Philosophy and Theology as a post-graduate scholar at Cambridge University. Her fiction recently has been nominated for the 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and for the Pushcart Prize. She is the Associate Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press.

mathias svalina author photo w dogsFeaturing Mathias Svalina! Mathias Svalina is the author of five books of poetry, including Destruction Myth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) & Wastoid (Big Lucks Books). He most recent book is The Wine-Dark Sea from Sidebrow Books. He is an editor for the poetry press Octopus Books & lives in Denver, where he teaches writing & runs a Dream Delivery Service.

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10% off Sculpting Flash Fiction until June 30

SCULPTING FLASH FICTION

July 11-July 31

Editing is the most important part of the writing process. As serious writers, you know it’s through the editing process that we begin to refine and sculpt our messages. But just as writing flash fiction requires a
bonsaidifferent set of skills, so does editing flash fiction.

In this workshop we will use the tools of ambiguity and implication; we will learn the different between chipping and chopping; we will learn how to shrink-wrap text, and most of all learn how to achieve the specific needs of flash fiction as I guide you and other participants to edit your real works in progress.

This will be a 3-week online workshop format class with limited availability. Participants should have a basic understanding of flash fiction and come to the class with flash pieces already in progress. Each participant will have the opportunity to submit 1-2 stories per week.

I’ve been a freelance editor since 2004 as well as a co-founder and editor for the flash fiction press Fast Forward Press. I have edited four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, an book of flash fiction that was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award.

Tuition: $109 

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Workshop runs July 11-31 (capped at 10 participants)

Contact me with questions at nancystohlman@gmail.com

I’m Alive!

As many of you may have heard, I was in a serious head-on highway collision on Friday, May 20th, landing me in the hospital for over a week with broken ribs, punctured lung and broken elbow. Truthfully, the people who Jaws of Life-ed me out of the wreckage were thrilled that I was alive at all and I’m extremely lucky that my injuries are not permanent. I’m home recovering and grateful to everyone, my friends and family and co-workers and especially Nick Busheff, who has been a rock of support.

You are not rid of me yet, but I might be skipping roller skating for a few months.

People have been asking if this will affect Fbomb events or my upcoming online workshops. I’m happy to say that everything will proceed as scheduled–Fbomb will keep bombing with no date changes (I may be hosting the Flash Festival in July in a cast but I will paint it like Wonder Woman!) and I’m looking forward to the online workshops–writing is medicine and it will be great for me to focus on writing instead of ribs.

Finally, there has been an enormous outpouring of love and generosity from my fellow writers and friends. If there was a lesson for me in all this I’m sure it was to tell me that I am loved, and it’s been humbling and amazing. Thank you all, so much. I am extremely lucky to be in community with you all.hospital

To love, healing, and words–

Nancy

From Gay Degani’s Words In Place Blog Series:

DERAILED: Nancy Stohlman’s Interrupted Journey

 

This spot was destined for Nancy Stohlman’s Journey to Planet Write; however, fate intervened on an interstate near Denver on Friday 5/20 when she was hit head-on by another car.  She’s home now but suffered a broken elbow along with the 6 broken ribs

It just doesn’t feel right for me to fill this space with someone else’s journey and hopefully at some point in the future, Nancy will write her own story, but in the meantime, I decided to ask a few of Nancy’s friends to contribute stories, comments, photos, anything to honor Nancy.

Brought to you by Women Who Flash Their Lit:

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Two summer flash fiction workshops!

Flash fiction workshops from beginner to advanced!

For more info and Earlybird Discounts CLICK HERE

WRITING FLASH FICTION

June 13-July 3

So you want to write flash fiction? Flash adorable_tiny_things_640_23fiction is redefining how we tell stories, and by embracing this compressed form, all writers–from poets to novelists to nonfiction writers–are cultivating a new set of skills and creating an entirely new kind of story.

In this workshop we will generate original flash pieces, examine what makes successful flash fiction, and try to differentiate flash from its cousins, the prose poem and the vignette.

LEARN MORE

 

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SCULPTING FLASH FICTION

July 11-July 31

Editing is the most important part of the writing process. As serious writers, you know it’s through the editing process that we begin to refine and sculpt our messages. But just as writing flash fiction requires a
bonsaidifferent set of skills, so does editing flash fiction.

In this workshop we will use the tools of ambiguity and implication; we will learn the different between chipping and chopping; we will learn how to shrink-wrap text, and most of all learn how to achieve the specific needs of flash fiction as I guide you and other participants to edit your real works in progress.

LEARN MORE

 

Reading Friday the 13th in Cleveland!

I will be reading at the Kozo Reading Series at The Morgan Conservatory this Friday, May 13 alongside a fabulous lineup including Barry Graham, Clarissa Jakobsons, Adam Hughes, and Leo Jarret!

Friday, May 13 at 7:30
The Morgan Conservatory
1754 East 47th Street Cleveland, OH 44103

This is also a gallery opening night, so parking may be limited, but the far back lot off 45th street should be open to accommodate.

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The Morgan Conservatory is the largest arts center in the United States dedicated to every facet of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing and to cultivating the talents of established and emerging artists. An international destination that is free and open to the public, the Morgan Conservatory is a working studio, gallery, gathering place for the community, educational hub and purveyor of some of the finest handmade papers in the world. Find out more!

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Nancy Stohlman’s books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, The Monster Opera, Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of the Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, and her work was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Find out more about her at http://www.nancystohlman.com

Barry Graham is the author of various things, including his latest, American Guerrillas: Manifesto. He is a four time National Tic-Tac-Toe Association champion, spiritual adviser, horror junky, food critic, conspiracy theorist, and nomad. He is the founding editor of DOGZPLOT, and currently, along with Leo Todd Jarret, runs the poetic and artistic spectacle known as the Madhouse Sessions.

Artist – instructor, Clarissa Jakobsons was twice featured poet in Paris, France at “The Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore” and was winner of the Akron Art Museum New Words Competition. She has read and published widely. Five-year Associate Editor of the Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, she holds a B.F.A. in Visual Arts and recently had a solo art exhibition at Western Reserve Academy. She instructs creative courses at Cuyahoga Community College. Clarissa also weaves one-of-a- kind artist books, exhibited internationally as well as at the Cleveland Museum of Art Ingalls Library and the Morgan Conservatory. She writes, “Don’t be surprised to see my inner artist kicking sandcastles, climbing Mount Diablo, painting Provincetown dunes, or walking under an Ohio crescent moon.

Adam Hughes is the author of Petrichor (NYQ Books, 2010) and Uttering the Holy (NYQ Books, 2012). His collection Allow the Stars to Catch Me When I Rise is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. He was born in 1982 in Lancaster, Ohio. He still resides near there on a farm with his wife and daughter, two dogs, four cats, and four horses. Should you google him, he is not the Adam Hughes who draws near-pornographic depictions of female superheroes. He cannot draw.

Leo Jarret is an Itinerant poet and fiction writer. He founded The Madhouse Sessions, which is a poetry, music and live art series staging events all over the region, in September of 2011. He currently runs The sessions with Barry Graham.

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