Saturday, April 29: NINE RAPTURES AT ONCE! A double book release for Nancy Stohlman and Jonathan Bluebird Montgomery!

Nancy Stohlman “After the Rapture” (Mason Jar Press) and Jonathan Bluebird Montgomery “Nine Books (At Once!)” (Boulder Poetry Scene) combine forces for the official Denver release of their new books! Expect readings, music, theatrics, and general shenanigans!

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 7 pm

Place: The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street

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LAST CHANCE for Spring Workshops!

Need inspiration? Revision? Both??



May 8-12

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Spring is springing and everything is blooming…except your writing! Maybe you’re in a rut, writing the same things over and over. Maybe you’re walking around with a shovel but you don’t know where to dig. Where do our best ideas come from? Where is our most fertile soil?  How do we cultivate and plant the right seeds? In this workshop we will begin in truth, allowing our unique, sometimes challenging, but always necessary stories to burst and bloom as they travel from the heart to the page. We’ll use familiar and even radical methods of releasing narrative seeds, digging beyond first, second, and even third impulses until we find ourselves deep inside our own abundant source of inspiration and face to face with our muse(s). Finally!

This will be a 5-day online workshop format class with limited availability. Leave with up to 5 new drafts and plenty of renewed vigor to take you into your summer of writing. Come with an open mind and be prepared to play!



May 12-14  (SOLD OUT)

Do you have a story or stories that keep getting rejected? Have you been told you are CLOSE…but not quite? Have you looked at it so long you aren’t sure how to make it better? Do you have a pile of first drafts but you aren’t sure how to take them to the next level?

As serious writers, you know it’s through the re-visioning and editing process that we begin to refine and sculpt our messages. But sometimes you need another pair of eyes and a fresh perspective to see what you haven’t been able to see. In this workshop we will use the tools of ambiguity and implication; we will play with chipping and chopping; we will learn how to sculpt your text and we will figure out what’s missing? as I guide you and other participants to revise your real works in progress.

This will be a 3-day online workshop format class with limited availability. Each participant will have the opportunity to submit up to 2500 words in a positive, encouraging space.


High Altitude Inspiration in the Colorado Rockies
August 15-20, 2023

How are you going to celebrate your writing this summer? Join Nancy Stohlman and Kathy Fish for a breakthrough gathering of inspiration, creation, and transformation in beautiful Colorado and experience High Altitude Inspiration for yourself. 


 Happy writing! xo

OMAHA: Thursday, March 30 at The Bookworm: Nancy Stohlman will sign “After the Rapture”

See you there!! xoxo

The Bookworm in Omaha

What: Nancy Stohlman will sign After the Rapture

When: Thursday, March 30th at 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 So. 90th St., Ste. 111


In a world just slant from our own, the people are waiting for the Rapture. But what they get is not at all what they thought it would be. Whether they’re pilgrimaging to the Very First Kentucky Fried Chicken, living in life-sized Barbie houses, taking the Marriott staff hostage, trading Candy Corn on Wall Street or draining Loch Ness to “find out the goddamn truth once and for all,” there is a familiar sort of desperation in this post-Rapture existence. In moments you will laugh at the absurdity of their world, and in other moments the darkness will feel all too familiar…

Nancy Stohlman is the author of six books including Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, winner of the 2021 Reader Views Gold Award. Her fiction includes After the RaptureMadam Velvet’s Cabaret of OdditiesThe Vixen Scream and Other Bible StoriesThe Monster Opera, and Searching for Suzi: a flash novel. Her work has been anthologized widely, appearing in the Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction and The Best Small Fictions 2019, as well as adapted for both stage and screen. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and around the world.

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Writer’s Digest: The Sacred Clown: From Hysteria to Hysterical When Writing Humor and Satire

Sometimes we laugh so we don’t cry. Author Nancy Stohlman shares how to go from hysteria to hysterical when writing humor and satire.

I wrote “The Bad Thing,” the opening piece in After the Rapture, in 2015, in a world spinning from the Sandy Hook shooting, the latest in a disturbing and increasingly horrible trend. Both my children were school age at the time, my youngest in elementary school, and active shooter safety drills and lockdowns had become commonplace for American children.

Like many others, I was frustrated with what felt like limited options to respond–yelling into the echo chamber that is social media or sending thoughts and prayers. Neither were doing a whole lot.

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