May 8th, 2024: Mmmm, May bequeathed us a bounty of fantastic flash. Thanks to everyone who made the trek to San José and those who stayed up late on Zoom. But also to our regulars – we love you guys.

Authors and Works:

  1. Marc Gumbin, “Musings of a Microplastic.”
  2. Gahl Shottan, “Benjamin Franklin Notebook.”
  3. Miera Rao, “Infestation.”
  4. Tania Martin, “Omissions.”
  5. Amanda Chiado, “Heaven’s Bend.”
  6. Aaron Rabinowitz, “Henry Turns 100,” published in Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal.
  7. Julie Kitzenberger, “Divine Help With Algebra.”
  8. Paula Wagner, “El Tapatio.”
  9. Colleen Shoshana McKee, “Humans Suck.”
  10. Aline Soules, “The Curse of Blue Silk.”

Our March Flash Fiction Forum Line-up offered a Bouquet of Sad and Funny Flash. Thanks to our fabulous readers and warm audience — we laughed and teared up, and we gave away two excellent books.

Authors and Works:

  1. Niles Reddick, “Going to the Movies with Elvis,” published in Third Wednesday and Who’s Going to Pray For Me Now? (collection)
  1. Michael Rojas, “The Marriage Knot.”
  2. Jason Thornberry, “Chisle Saves My Hide.”
  3. Bob Armstrong, “Baby Shoes.”
  4.  Dave Denny, “Passing Parade,” from his collection, Angel of the Waters.
  5. Lita Kurth, “Diphtheria Cemetery.”


  1. Reena Kapoor, “Rent A Gent.”
  2. Susan Nordmark, “Hedge Apples.”
  3. Yegi Modirzadeh, “Fake Aunty.”
  4. Victoria M. Johnson, “Bones on the Clock,” published in Perfume River Poetry Journal.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night on January 10th, but We Lit Up The Gallery With Stellar Readings!

Author & Works:

  1. Sally Connors, “Suffer the Children.”
  2. Mimi Zieman, “The Bus”.
  3. Casey Mulligan Walsh, “Still.”
  4. Suzanne Martinez, ” Mind the Babes,” published in Vestal Review.
  5. Elizabeth Bennet, “Banana.”
  6. Tania Martin, “Cut Paper Stars.”
  7. Daryl Bryant, “Who We Are.”
  8. Nils Peterson, ” A Winter’s Tale: Lost Pages from Vasari.”
  9. Melissa Flores Anderson, “The Jump Rope.”
  10. Rob Pesich, “Teratoma,” published in Perfume River Poetry Review, Issue 3.
  11. yves., “Tragic Accident.”
  12. Kim Amundson, “Cold Case #1: Jack and Jill.”
  13. Tarn Wilson, “Buttonology.”

Thanks to our readers and audience for a fabulous night. Hope to see you all on March 13th for some fresh flash!

Our Dynamite October 11th Reading Series – We had a big line-up with stellar stories that ranged from horror to heartbreak. Thank you, dear readers! And thanks to our great audience!

  1. Aline Soules, “Fingers.”  
  2. Kristin Camitta Zimet, “Why I Shop Second Hand” published in Caesura, “Objects in the Mirror,” edition, 2023.
  3. Toni Kochensparger, “I’m Doing Just Fine Without You.” 
  4. Tianyang Jiang, “Skin Poetry” Forthcoming in The Path: A Collection of Canadian Short Stories
  5. Susan Nordmark,“ Ghosts,” published in Heavy Feather Review, May 2019.
  6. Eileen Vorbach Collins, “Finish What’s on Your Plate,” published on Eat, Darling, Eat.
  7. Lita Kurth, “Advantages,” forthcoming in Cherry Tree


  1. James Fowler, “Contre Temps,” published in Caesura, “Objects in the Mirror,” edition, 2023
  2. Leah Mueller, “Love Me Tender,”previously appeared online on New Flash Fiction Review.
  3. Jan Steckel, “The Mango Woman,” first appeared in The November 3rd Club and just came out in her debut collection of short fiction, Ghosts and Oceans from Zeitgeist Press, 2023
  4. Sharlene Chiu,“Her Majesty’s Declaration”
  5. Carol Park, “Sword Ferns and Skull.“ 
  6. Luisa Faustina Minquela, “I Am From.”

Celebrating Ten Magical Years of Flash Fiction Forum! Thanks to our illustrious readers and our fabulous audience for making the night sing!

August 23rd, 2023

Authors and Works:

  1. Wendy Thompson, “According to R_____” 
  2. Sarah Sarai, “The Horse Not-Looks” 
  3. L. D.  Nguyen, “A Dark and Hungry Truth”
  4. Tania Martin, “Hard Sell”
  5. Renée M. Schell “Academy of Silences” 
  6. Linda Lappin, “Caregiver” 


  1. Marilyn Horn-Fahey “Good Boy” 
  2. Gary Singh, “Reunited in the Fourth House” 
  3. Reena Kapoor, “Prayer Beads and Samosas” 
  4. Keith Gaboury, “Ms. Sky Thunderclaps” 
  5. Eva Smith–Glynn, Excerpt from “The Steps”  
  6. Nelly Shulman, “The Island”

Our 10th Anniversary!!

Join us on August 23rd at Works/SJ Gallery (or live on our Zoom platform) for fabulous flash readings and festivities! The community FFF gained over the years of providing a spoken word space has enriched our lives, and we want to thank all our talented readers. And also, Joe Miller for providing a great space, designing our gorgeous anthology, and implementing our Zoom platform, which kept us going through the pandemic. It’s all flashed by so fast, but we’ve loved every minute of the ride. We hope to see you there!

38 South Second Street
San José, California 95113

It’s May, and there’s sunshine, flowers, and fabulous flash readings!

Thank you Tarn Wilson for donating a copy of “In Praise of Inadequate Gifts” (Wandering Aengus Press) for our book give away! And to Deborah Kennedy who brought along free copies of her book Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth (White Cloud Press).

Authors & Works:

  1. Jennifer Lauren, “Dancing With Madonna”
  2. Peter Carroll, “Second Thoughts”
  3. Veronica Montes, “When He Is,” first published in Leon Literary Review and forthcoming in her chapbook, I’m Not Lost.
  4. Julie Kitzenberger, “The Kitty Medium”
  5. Johannah Seah, “Public Pool”
  6. Keith Mark Gaboury, “Corporate Fox”
  7. Aline Soules, “The Fixer”
  8. Dave Denny, “Among Impressionists”
  9. Jeanne Ichnowski, “Ironing Board Bier”
  10. Deborah Kennedy, “Enlightenment at the Republic Cafe”
  11. Daryl Bryant, “Doctrine of Discovery”
  12. Lita Kurth, “That Kind of Father”
  13. Larry Hollist, “Take Me Home”

We gathered on March 8th to listen to some phenomenal flash fiction! A big shout out to Niles Reddick for giving away a copy of his collection, “If Not for You & Other Stories” to one lucky audience member.

Authors & Works:

  1. Eileen Vorbach Collins, Excerpt from “My Life as a Jewish Imposter” from the collection Love in the Archives forthcoming in fall, 2023 by Apprentice House Press. 
  2. Susan Rogers, “By the Fire of Gracie” People’s choice winner at Writers in Paradise conference.
  3. Robert Dzik, “The Cigarette Ballet” People’s choice winner at Writers in Paradise conference.
  4. Niles Reddick, “Torpor” published in The South Shore Review in Nova Scotia as part of National Flash Fiction Day and long listed in Los Angeles’ Five South fiction contest.
  5. Elizabeth Bobst, “Maisie’s Mom” People’s choice winner at Writers in Paradise conference.
  6. Jan Steckel, “Coon Cat Tuesday” published in The New Verse News, May 27, 2022.
  7. Sherre Vernon, “Stray”.
  8. Tania Martin, “Behind the Wheel.”
  9. Ilze Duarte, “Silver-Haired Dancers,” published by Flash Flood for National Flash Fiction Day, 2022.
  10. J.M Curét, “Sunday.”
  11. Hugh Behm-Steinberg, “Customer Service” published in The Pinch Journal, 2023.


We are flashing on Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm.


Eileen Vorbach Collins, Susan Rogers, Robert Dzik, Niles Reddick, Elizabeth Bobst, Kirby Wright, Jan Steckel, Sherre Vernon, Tania Martin, Ilze Duarte, J.M. Curét, & Hugh Behm-Steinberg. 

Join us at Works/SJ Gallery, 38 South 2nd Street, San José or live on Zoom – get your Eventbrite ticket here: