We flashed into a wet and stormy 2023 with some wonderful stories and great company! Thanks to all our readers, our audience, Joe Miller for hosting us, and to Allison Landa for giving away a free copy of her new novel, “The Bearded Lady.”

Author & Works:

  1. Colleen Shoshana McKee, “German Pancakes”
  2. Chip Cassin, “About Chuck”
  3. Mj Pramik, “Ghost Story”
  4. Lita Kurth, “A Hell of a Deal”
  5. Julia Helprin-Jackson, “Que Tienes Sex Appeal!”
  6. Kim Amundsen, “The Grim Reaper”
  7. Ellie Anderson, “Colemen’s Cleopatra,” published in Caesura, 2022
  8. Larry Hollist, “Lost in the Wrapping Paper”
  9. Robin Ruiz, “Ghosted at the Coffee Shop”
  10. Gibson Davis, reading Paul Marshal’s, “If You Have To Ask Why”

January 11th, 2023

Picking the winner of Allison’s novel

Flash Fiction Forum Volume One Book Launch


Join us on November 4th at Works/SJ as part of First Friday’s Art Walk in downtown San José. The new gallery space is located at 38 South Second Street. We’ll have some readings from our beautiful new Anthology, substance’s to graze on, and various goings on. The readings will likely start around 7pm. More details to come. Be present! Come support your writer’s community!

A Big Round of Applause for Our Fabulous Fall Readers!

Our October 19th’s FFF was held in Works/SJ’s brand new space on Second Street, downtown San José. We had a fun hybrid experience with some readers up at the podium and some on Zoom, projected up on the wall. We had a great Zoom audience, but we’re so happy we can give our Zoom readers real applause from the folks in the gallery; there’s nothing like the sound of laughter and clapping hands. As always, thanks to Joe Miller and Works/SJ for supporting our series.


  1. Paul Juhasz, “Row”
  2. Douglas Trevor, excerpt from”The Detroit Frankfurt School Discussion Group.” published in Ploughshares Solo vol. 4
  3. Niles Reddick, “”Who’s Going to Pray for Me Now?” published in Anti-Heroin Chic and again in Yellow Mama
  4. Priscilla Thomas, “Red,” published in the Interstellar Lit Review
  5. Keiran Brandabur Langer, “Black Iced Tea”
  6. Tania Martin, “Bus Ballads”
  7. Karen Allen, “Dog Heaven”
  8. Hugh Behm-Steinberg, “Jesus’ Socks”
  9. Nancy Devine, “Life Passages”
  10. Rob Davidson, “Still Life with Zombies”
  11. Leah Mueller, “Tempting Fate”
  12. Aline Soules, “Shock”

Did you catch our August Reading Series? We had a stellar line-up with one of our readers Zooming in all the way from Australia. Thanks to all our wonderful readers, our generous audience, and to Keiko O’Leary for the book give-a-way!

Here’s a link to Keiko’s book, Your Writing Matters: 34 Quick Essays to Get Unstuck and Stay Inspired https://www.librarything.com/ner/detail/45312/Your-Writing-Matters-34-Quick-Essays-to-Get-Unstuck-and-Stay-Inspired

Authors & Works:

Jan Steckel, “Winter Clinic”

Erik Peters, “Crow in the Heat” erikpeters.ca

L.D. Nguyen, “At the White Death’s Party”

Katie-Rose Goto-Svic, “Gentle Abbatoir”

Allison Landa, excerpt from Bearded Lady published 2022 allisonlanda.com

Shirley Chan, “Cabbage,” excerpt form her memoir in progress

Jeanette Calhoun Wish, “Testimony from the Defense Committee for Wicked Stepmothers,” http://jeanettacalhounmish.com/

Christine Monihan, “Across the Street”

Lita Kurth, “Grand Opening of the Daiso Clinic”

Miriam Sagan, “Why I am Not a Monk,” published in her collection Stash (cyber wit India, 2022) http://miriamswell.wordpress.com

Katherine Gathright, “Lizard Bride,” read by Sarah Hinkle

May’s Marvelous Reading Series

Thanks to all who helped make our May 11th reading series such a stellar event. Our hybrid Zoom/Gallery platform is proving to be a winner and a Covid-19 silver lining. It’s so great that our Zoom readers can hear an audience applause their work, and so fun for folks in the gallery to see readers projected up on the wall from all over the greater Bay Area, other States, and sometimes other countries. It truly is remarkable, and we have to thank Joe Miller of Works/SJ for providing this technology.

Authors & Works:

Submissions are open for our August 10th reading series

March 9th’s hybrid reading series featured dynamite readings and multidimensional merriment with a small audience in the gallery at Works/SJ and a bunch of folks on Zoom.

1    Cindy Benson, “Straw Buddha”  

2.    Hugh Behm-Steinberg, “Solve for X”

3.    Lita Kurth, “The Memoir Writers” 

4.    Marco Etheridge, “Heart’s Double Labyrinth” 

5.    Kirby Wright, “More Salsa” 

6.    Melissa Flores Anderson, “Cherry Cheri” 


7.    Mercilee Jenkins, “Parent Conference”

8.    Tom Herndon, “Derick 1” 

9.    Paul Luikart, “Rocket” 

10.   Marissa Jules, “Birthday 2.0” 

11. Peter van der Linden, “One of the Elder Gods”

Check out our pics to see what our hybrid platform looks like in house.

FFF Flashing At Filoli

Filoli Gardens invited us up for the day to view the estate and then write some flash to read for their “Stories in Bloom” series. Our venue – the ballroom! We had great time and our readers were fabulous.

Feburary 13th , 2022

Authors & Works:

  • Nancy Devine, “Fantasyland”
  • Marilyn Horn Fahey, “A Stunning Arrangement”
  • Karen Allen, “Gordchen”
  • L.D. Nguyễn, “Magnolia, Everblooming”
  • Tania Martin, “Wisteria”
  • Carol Park, “Running Through Filoli”
  • Tarn M. Wilson, “The Year I Camped in a Mansion”
  • Keiko O’Leary, “Through the Missing Brick”
  • Lita Kurth, “Camellias Without Compassion”
  • Eva Smith Glynn, “Friendship”
  • Maria Judnick Timmons, “A Door of My Own”

Ringing in 2022 with Fabulous Flash!

Authors and Works:

  1. Jim Daniels, “Teta Draga’s Memorial”
  2. Jacqueline Hampton, “Exeter,” published in Visitant, December 19th, 2019
  3. Jill McCabe Johnson, “Last Anniversary” https://jillmccabejohnson.com/index.html
  4. Christine Kalife, “Tell Me, Was it Love?”
  5. Jessica Barksdale, “Ready for Digging”
  6. Gail Folkins, “Bluebonnets”
  7. Susannah Carlson, “If I Keep My Head Up, Looking East,” published in Persian Springs, 2003
  8. Tania Martin, “Go Dawg, Go”
  9. Gary Singh, “Abandoholic” 

Hope you caught our fun January 12th Reading Series. Our planned hybrid Zoom/Gallery show was foiled by a rise in Covid cases, but we had a fantastic turnout for our Zoom event. We loved having first time flashers: Jim Daniels, Jacqueline Hampton, Jill McCabe Johnson, and Gail Folkins in the line-up and welcoming back fabulous flashers: Christine Kalife, Jessica Barksdale, Susannah Carlson and Gary Singh. We had some great post show discussions with those who hung out on Zoom after the readings. Thanks to Joe Miller and everyone for making it a special night!

Our 1st Hybrid Zoom/Gallery Reading Series

Our grand Zoom/Gallery experiment was a lot fun. Even though there were only six of us in the Gallery, all vaccinated with masks on, it was great fun to be back and have clapping and cheering, and a glass of wine together. The Zoom crowd were great fun too – it was awesome to see their faces up on the big screen, reading their work with the great sound system Joe Miller has configured in the gallery. I can’t wait for the next show!

October 13th, 2021

Authors and Works:

1. Adele Bihn, “Belovèd.”

2. Jim Heynen, “Buster’s Eyes.”  http://www.jimheynen.com

3.  yves., “The Lover Rises from the Abyss.”

   https://yvesdot.tumblr.com,  Lover has been published on there for free!

4.  Kathleen Flenniken, “1973” from her collection Post Romantic, 2020. 

5.  John Dorrance, “First-Person Fisherman.” 

6.   Dave Eisbach, “House of Blackberries.” 

7.  Alex Peterson, “Territory,” published in sparkle+blink #80.  alexpeterson.net 

8.  Lita Kurth, “Home. Away From Home.”

9. Dave Denny, “Recluse.” http://www.daviddenny.net/

10. Aline Soules, “Fragile Horses,” forthcoming in Flash Fiction Magazinehttps://alinesoules.com

11. Julie Kitzenberger, “Whatever Feels Right.”  www.JulieKitzenberger.com

12.  Linda Lappin, “Little Green Man.”

Here’s August’s Sensational Line-up

Thanks to all our wonderful readers and our audience members for making it a special night!

Works/SJ Gallery – Live Zoom from San José, CA August 11th 2021   7pm

  1. Riham Adly, “How to Tell a Story from the Heart in Proper Time” published in Flash Frontier and included in Best Microfiction, 2020
  2. Cheryl J. Fish, “Grade Book” published in Cheap Pop
  3. Calder Lowe, “Gas Station Redemption” originally appeared in The Light on His Feet, read by Eva Smith Glynn
  4. Jade Bradbury, “Stella Passing”
  5. Carol Park, “Brute” CarolPark.us
  6. Ida Soon-Ok, “Micro-Elegy” forthcoming in the anthology Nonwhite and Woman, September 2022
  7. Mercury-Marvin Sunderland, “In. And Out”
  8. Melissa Flores Anderson, “Catfish” melissaandersonwrites.wordpress.com
  9. Tony Press, “At the Station” published in The Linnet’s Wings and the collection, Crossing the Lines
  10.  Zephaniah Sole, “The Universal Cockroach,” forthcoming in Vestal Review. Twitter @ZephaniahSole
  11. 11.Victoria M. Johnson, “Good Riddance, Mary,” forthcoming in Caesura
  12. Tania Martin, “Exiles”