Jen Knox | San Antonio, TX

Jen Knox earned her MFA from Bennington College in 2010. She works as a creative writing professor at San Antonio College and copy editor at a research firm. Jen’s writing has won the Global Short Story Competition and was chosen for Wigleaf‘s 2012 Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. Her fiction chapbook, Don’t Tease the Elephants, forthcoming from Monkey Puzzle Press. Some of her work can be found in ARDOR, Bound Off, Burrow Press Review, JMWW, Monkeybicycle, Narrative, [PANK], and Superstition Review. Most recently, Jen has completed The Getaway State, a short story collection, and We Arrive Uninvited, a novel. A portion of the novel can be read at WIPs Journal. Her website is here:

Nathan Alling Long | Philadelphia, PA

Nathan Alling Long’s stories and essays have appeared in over fifty journals, including Tin House, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, The Sun, Crab Orchard Review, Salt Hill, Camera Obscura, and Indiana Review.  His work has also appeared on NPR, in a dozen anthologies, and in a chapbook of short stories published in 2005 by Popular Ink Press. Nathan has received a Truman Capote Fellowship, a Mellon Foundation grant, and two Bread Loaf Conference work scholarships. His stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best Non-Required Reading award, as well as been finalists nine times for the Glimmer Train Very Short Story Award. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Richard Stockton College of NJ. His work is forthcoming in Tin House, Salt Hill, Thema, Wilde, and Marco Polo Arts Magazine. Nathan hopes to finally publish a collection of his flash fiction in the next year.

Chad Patton | Grand Rapids, MI

Chad Patton was born and raised in Michigan. He received a dual degree in English and Spanish from Grand Valley State University, which brought him to his current residence in Grand Rapids, MI. He is now working as a Spanish Immersion Interventionist at an elementary school in Rockford, MI. As for his writing conquests, Chad has been hard at work on a book of short stories for and about Nicaragua. Ever since travelling to the Central American country, he has fallen in love with its rich history and political disillusionment. His work can be found, or is forthcoming, in Unstuck Magazine’s Twitter Fiction Contest, Specter Magazine and Safety Pin Review. He is also a contributing writer for Construction Magazine.

Marian Brooks | King of Prussia, PA

I have recently retired which gives me some time to write, something I always wanted to do. I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. I have not published anything yet but hope to. I attended the U of P (BA English Literature) and Villanova University (MS Counseling and Human Services). I was a practicing psychotherapist for 20 years and in pharmaceutical research for the next 20.  I am married, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Rich Larson | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island, and at the age of 20 now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He’s a recent semifinalist for the Norman Mailer Poetry Prize and recipient of both the 2012 James Patrick Folinsbee Prize in Creative Writing and the 2012 Grant MacEwan Creative Writing Scholarship. In 2011 his novel Devolution was selected as a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. His poetry has since been published by Word Riot, YARN and Blue & Yellow Dog and is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, while his short work appears or is forthcoming in >kill author, Bartleby Snopes, Monkeybicycle, Prick of the Spindle, The Molotov Cocktail, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Emerge Literary Journal, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, DSF, The Journal Of Compressed Creative Arts, Third Flatiron Publishing, FictionBrigade, birdville, Underwater New York, Isotropic Fiction, Scifia, The Claremont Review, Black Coffey Publishing, and anthologies Here Be Monsters and Futuredaze: An Anthology …Read More

Anne Sullivan | Indianapolis, IN

I am currently working towards receiving my MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I will graduate with my MFA in December 2012. Before attending Butler University, I was an English major with a concentration in creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I am currently working on my first novel, a young adult fiction piece. I have known since I was a child that I wanted to be a writer because I love to use my imagination to dream up new places. I hope to one day have a well-rounded writing career that includes published works of fiction, young adult fiction, and short stories.

Jackie Davis Martin | San Francisco, CA

Jackie Davis Martin teaches at City College of San Francisco, a city where she and her husband enjoy the plethora of arts and scenery that California’s Bay Area affords.  She has had stories and essays published in both online and prints journals, including  Trillium, Midway, Sangam, Flashquake,  JAAM, 34th Parallel.and, Most recently a story was anthologized in Shadow and Light: The Monadnock Writers Group Anthology on Memor; another is upcoming in April’s Flash..  Her novella Extracurricular was a finalist in the Press 53 Awards of 2011.  When she isn’t re-reading Shakespeare, she works on her latest project, a memoir. Jackie Davis Martin has recently had a flash fiction piece published in Flash, The International Short Short Story Magazine, Vol. 5 (“Night Out”) and has another coming up in Fractured West, Issue #5  (“Make Believe”). She is finalizing the designs of her memoir Surviving Susan:  A Mother Deals with the Death of her Daughter and Reflects on Their Relationship (published through CreateSpace), which will …Read More

W.F. Lantry | Washington, D.C.

W.F. Lantry is a native of San Diego, received his Licence and Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice, M.A. in English from Boston University and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Recent honors include the National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry, CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize, Crucible Editors’ Poetry Prize, Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (in Israel), Atlanta Review International Publication Prize and 2012 Potomac Review Poetry Prize. His publication credits encompass print and online journals and anthologies in more than twenty countries on four continents, including The Valparaiso Fiction Review, Spilling Ink Review, Descant and Aesthetica. His chapbook, The Language of Birds (Finishing Line Press 2011), is a lyric retelling of Attar’s Conference of the Birds. He currently works in Washington, DC, and is a contributing editor of Umbrella Journal. LEARN MORE: 

Cezarija Abartis | St. Cloud, Minnesota

Cezarija Abartis’ Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Prime Number, Underground Voices, Manoa, Story Quarterly, and New York Tyrant (which also gave her story The Lidano Fiction Award). These stories were begun on the online writing forum Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University.

Harmony Neal | Champaign, Illinois

Harmony Neal lives in Illinois with her dog Milkshake, but wishes they lived in Detroit. She has been published or is forthcoming in places likeNew Letters, Ninth Letter, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast,Storyglossia, FictionFix, and Prick of the Spindle. Two of her flash fictions are being turned into short films in Hollywood. She is working on a novel set in Detroit.   Sometimes she thinks she has superpowers, but this is probably not true.

Libby Cudmore | Oneonta, New York

My stories and essays have appeared in The MacGuffin, The Yalobusha Review,The Chaffey Review, The Southern Women’s Review, Sunsets and Silencers, Red Fez, Inertia, Xenith, Nefarious Muse, Pulp Empire, The Midnight Diner (where I am also an editor), Big Pulp (with Matthew Quinn Martin) and the anthology,Relationships and Other Stuff.  I am a frequent contributor to Crime Factory,Shaking Like a Mountain, Battered Suitcase, Celebrities in Disgrace, Hardboiled, a Twist of Noir and Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers, where my story “Unplanned” won a Bullet award in 2009 and was nominated for the 2010 Derringer award in flash fiction.  My work will also be featured in upcoming issues of Needle, Arkham Tales (also with Matthew Quinn Martin) Daily Love Stories and Connotation Press, as well as the anthology We’ll Always Have Chicago.

Randall Brown | Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Randall Brown is the author of the award-winning flash fiction collection Mad to Live (Flume Press 2008). He teaches at and directs Rosemont College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. His short and very short fiction has been published widely, and his essay “Making Flash Count” appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field (Rose Metal Press 2009). He will also be appearing in the forthcoming Norton Anthology of “hint fiction.” He lives outside of Philadelphia, is a member of a daily flash fiction workshop, and his blog FlashFiction.Net has a singular mission: “to prepare writers, readers, editors, and fans for the imminent rise to power of that machine of compression, that hugest of things in the tiniest of spaces—micro, sudden, flash, fiction.” He also enjoys fly fishing, the outdoors version of this world of (very) tiny things.

Matt Stauffer | Long Beach, California

Matt Stauffer has written across a range of media—he even once took a class called Writing Across Media.  Whether journalism, research papers, creative non-fiction, short fiction, poetry, advertising or screenplays, Matt wields the written word like a machete through the jungle of life.  Sometimes he cuts himself, but he always marches on. Matt studied English and creative writing at UC Davis, then studied screenwriting at UCLA.  He is currently living in California’s best kept secret, Long Beach, while reconnecting with people he knew tangentially in high school who, coincidentally, are now working in Hollywood.

Anne B Wright | Moss Beach, California

Anne grew up working in her family’s weekly newspaper in Northern California. Her initial experiences with writing were piecing together wedding stories and writing obituaries and classified ads beginning at age 10. She began writing fiction three years ago when she became a widow much too soon. Her other interests are creating mosaics and photography; travel, especially to Italy; and sailing. She lives in Moss Beach, a quaint seaside hamlet south of San Francisco, CA with her cat Bridey and two tomato plants.

David Backer | Brooklyn, New York

David Backer was born in 1984 in Danbury, Connecticut. He studied philosophy in Washington, DC where he taught American literature at Archbishop Carroll High School. He moved to Quito, Ecuador to teach the Theory of Knowledge at the American School of Quito. He recently moved from Quito to New York City to pursue a PhD in philosophy and education. David edits, the online fiction aggregator. He’s completed a novel–about a man who builds a large rubber band ball and throws it from a plane–and is currently working on another about racism and fatherhood.

Anthony Christiansen | Aspen, Colorado

Anthony Christiansen was raised in the Midwest and spent much of his adult life in New York City.   He has studied writing at the New School and at UC Berkeley and is working assiduously on a first novel.  Having recently returned to the States after four years in the UK and The Netherlands where he worked in the area of refugee resettlement, Anthony is now living, working, and writing on a ranch just outside of Aspen, Colorado.  Non-fiction by Anthony has appeared in The Psychoanalytic Review and in Psychoanalytic Dialogues. ANTHONY CHRISTIANSEN JUST PUBLISHED IN SOUTH PAW’S LITERARY MAGAZINE.

Stacey Dennick | Sebastopol, California

Stacey Dennick received her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. She’s currently revising her first novel, Winging It; a story of love and family, airplanes and freedom, set in 1951. Her stories and articles have appeared in numerous print publications including: More Bridges, The Pacific Sun, BIKE Magazine, Videography Magazine, The 2009 San Francisco Writer’s Conference Anthology and Film/Tape World Magazine.

Zachary Fishel | Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

Zach Fishel is from Janesville, Pa and currently is finishing his undergrad at Lock Haven University. He has been writing poetry and prose for about six years and after graduation he will be pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing with the goal of being a full time writer and professor. Zach is a founding father of the Lock Haven Colony of Phi Kappa Psi and a Resident Assistant at his university. He also is a self taught guitarist and in certain occasions has been known for improving on his harmonica. For fun he goes out for coffee, gets tattooed, and tries to experience the fullness of life. He has a brother Zane, and a sister Cheyenne.

Debra Gordon Zaslow | Ashland, Oregon

Debra Gordon Zaslow holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She teaches storytelling at Southern Oregon University and teaches community courses in memoir writing. Her appearances as a storyteller and inspirational speaker have included the National Storytelling Festival and National Storytelling Conference. Her articles and stories have appeared in storytelling journals, and in Chosen Tales, edited by Peninnah Schram. Her CD of stories, Return Again, was released in 2005, and her original monologue, A Gift From Bubbe, was performed by the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in 2001. She has recently completed her memoir, Bringing Bubbe Home, and like everyone else, is looking for an agent.

Lupe Fernandez | Los Angeles, California

When I was four, I used to run down to the corner of my street wearing a bath towel like a cape, pretending I was Batman. Four decades later, I’m still pretending to be other people, but I have turned in the towel for writing memoir, poetry, young adult and literary fiction. My ethnicity finds its way into all my work. After all, I’m named after Mexico’s most holy virgin, La Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. I studied poetry, screenwriting, playwriting and literary fiction at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, and completed a Master Class in memoir. My young adult manuscript, The Gamino Family History of Flight was listed by the2009 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition as a Semi-Finalist in the Novella Category. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I found two critique groups whose members motivate me to write, rewrite, rinse and repeat. The more I study and practice the craft of writing, the more story …Read More

Nora Nadjarian | Cyprus, Europe

NORA NADJARIAN is a poet and writer from Cyprus, Europe. She has published three collections of poetry and her work has won prizes or been commended in various international competitions. Her first collection of short stories, Ledra Street, was published in 2006. Her poems and short stories have been included in anthologies and journals internationally, including May Day: Young Literature from the Ten New Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. In 2009, her story “And the Seven Dwarves” was a finalist from over 900 submissions in the Binnacle Sixth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition at The University of Maine at Machias (USA).e-mail:

Calder Lorenz | San Francisco, California

After a long stint in the Midwest, I’ve been migrating back and forth from Canada, drifting up and down the west coast. While in Canada I helped to coordinate and develop an international news website called, Now Public. Since then, I returned to San Francisco and currently work at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in the Tenderloin District. As well, I am studying in the MFA in writing program at the University of San Francisco. As a writer, what intrigues me about flash is how well one can hone their editorial skills, preening ten-thousand words down to five-hundred. It can be a relatively sadistic process, but a process which often lends itself to the discovery of unknown styles, voices and characters. These are complete worlds with arcs that thrive in the palm of your hand. For readers, narratives in this form lend themselves to frantic engagement. And really, what more can you ask from a good story.

Zach Wyner | San Francisco, California

I’m a 32 year-old elementary school teacher who has just completed the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of San Francisco. My focus was short fiction. For my graduate thesis I produced a collection entitled Half Out Of Love that featured a pair of novellas and a trio of short stories. Originally from Los Angeles, I returned home after graduating from UC Santa Cruz in ’99 where I majored in Theater Arts. I spent the next four years toiling as an actor/playwright/tutor before eventually becoming an elementary school teacher. In 2007, I left my position and moved to San Francisco to pursue my MFA. Currently, I am employed as a teaching assistant at Park Day School in Oakland. While working with children is and has been a major part of my life, my experiences as a teacher have clarified my passion for writing as opposed to confusing it. Coming from a city that can be superficial and inhumane, …Read More

Laurie Cannady Ph.D. | Pennsylvania

Laurie Cannady, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Her specialty is African American women’s literature, with a focus on the depiction and reception of children in adult literature. Her book, Innocents Lost: An Examination of Child Sexual Abuse in Three African American Texts will be released in 2009. She is currently an M.F.A. in Creative Writing student at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Raphael Cushnir | Portland Oregon

Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional connection and present moment awareness. He has shared his unique approach to personal and professional development with millions of readers in O, The Oprah Magazine, Beliefnet, and Spirituality and Health. He is the author of three previous books, lectures worldwide. The upcoming book, Surfing Your Inner Sea: Essential Lessons for Lasting Serenity, Chronicle Books, August, 2009 showcased here at Curly Red Stories is in a similar voice as the Chronicle Books release How Now: 100 Ways to Celebrate the Present Moment. This gift book, with 20 full-color photographs and a highly accessible version of his core principles, quickly became Cushnir’s bestseller.

Joshua Mohr | San Francisco CA

Joshua Mohr’s first novel “Some Things that Meant the World to Me” will be published in June 2009.  He’s previously published stories in Other Voices, Gulf Coast, the Cimarron Review, Pleiades, among others.  His flash fiction piece “Love Yourself, Rhonda” won Salt Hill’s 2006 contest.  He teaches at UC Berkeleys’ ASUC studios and the Writing Salon. 2012 News for Josh Mohr Joshua Mohr’s new novel coming out in february ’13. “Fight Song” and will be published by counterpoint/soft skull. WEBSITE:

Kathy Powell | Bend Oregon

Kathy Powell started her first book at the age of 5. She is the 8th of 10 children in an Irish Catholic “tribe”, so story comes as second nature.  She had an in born connection with animals and nature that led to a Forestry career that led to sensitivity to natural systems and their symbolic meaning.  She studied Oral History with Charles Morrissey and documented the story a West African elder who escaped from the Liberian War which is being developed as creative non fiction. Semi retired now, she is “coming out”.

Mark Gurvis | Sausalito CA

Self-inflated, self-effacing, verbally promiscuous, and a natty dresser, Gurvis hails from the southern-most city in the Antipodes, from where he relocated to the Bay Area twenty years ago. Of the 38 cities he has visited in the world, only San Francisco has kept his consistent attention. Gurvis has spent most of his career so far writing diatribes to major corporate executives in the quest to liberate them from millions under their command. While doing that he has photographed his adventures, including his two disastrous marriages and his two beautiful boys. Today outside of surviving in the cut throat corporate world, he spends his non-child rearing time staving off mortality in the gym, lifting heavy camera equipment to his forehead and releasing the trigger, and occasionally tapping out a short story or two on his black MacBook.

Verna Wilder | Boulder Colorado

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, so I was drawn to paying work that involved writing. I’ve been an English teacher, a technical writer, a proposal writer, an editor, and I am currently a writing coach and a grant writer. Turns out that writing for money has little similarity with writing for pleasure, but I do love the part about tinkering with words. When I write flash fiction, I don’t tinker with words so much as they tinker with me. I’m happy with that.

Lyssa Tall Anolik | Portland Oregon

Lyssa Tall Anolik teaches creative writing at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, OR. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BS in Forestry from the University of Washington. Her poetry and prose has appeared in VoiceCatcher 3,, Clearing and Northwest Passages. Lyssa co-founded “The Writers Next Door,” a small neighborhood group that explores the alchemy of the group writing process. You can learn more at …… Lyssa has recently been published in Drash: Good job Lyssa! “Eyes within Eyes: At the Royal B.C. Museum, Victoria, British Columbia” in Drash: A Northwest Mosaic, Volume VI

Ben Garlow | Portland Oregon

Former athlete, surfer, pizza maker, teenage hell raiser, hippie, busboy, waiter, rock n roll band singer, blues band assistant manager, leather craftsman, farmer, cowboy, biologist, ad media manager, mattress production and sales. Currently a father, poet, painter, photographer, satsangi, wino, and writer. Interests: Getting the cosmic joke, and writing it down. Plus fast women, liquor, and traveling.

Beth Bates | Carmel, Indiana

Beth Bates, a former psychotherapist, is a freelance writer, reader forBooth: A Journal, and an MFA student at Butler University. Her first paid gig presented itself in the form of writing classified ads for the Denver Post, where she learned the correct spelling, pronunciation, and meaning of the word “Thule.” Since being dragged back to the Midwest where she grew up and left with haste after college, Beth has written stories about people, restaurants, and businesses for local magazines. She also worked for an Indianapolis-area nonprofit, writing everything from annual reports to video scripts.   The master plan is to move back to Colorado (living on the proceeds of her wildly successful yet-to-be-completed novel or teaching creative writing at some junior college in the mountains), but for now Beth lives in Carmel, Indiana with her favorite high school teacher (Mr. Bates), two creative children, and a cat named Gary. She and longtime partner Creative Nonfiction recently announced their mutual decision …Read More