Micro-Stories for Isolation

We invited author John Dufresne to share his personal micro-fiction recommendations. John Dufresne is author of six novels, a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow, and professor at Florida International University and University in Miami.

Can’t and Won’t: Stories, Lydia Davis 
The flash form was validated, if it needed to be, when Lydia Davis was awarded the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. The judges said of Davis’s works: “Just how to categorize them? They have been called stories but could equally be miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apothegms, prayers or simply observations.”

FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story, John Dufresne 
This grew out of my Flash Fiction classes at FIU, so I owe a lot to my talented students/writers, many of whom have stories in this book.

Whiskey, Etc.: Short (Short) Stories, Sherrie Flick
Sherrie Flick writes lyrically and honestly and illuminates the dark corners of our quiet loves. She’s as good as it gets in the flash fiction world.

Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories, ed. Tom Hazuka, Denise Thomas, and James Thomas
The anthology that started it all. Reading these miniature blasters was a revelation. Here was a whole new world of fictional possibility. The art of abbreviation taken to a new level.

Micro Fiction: An Anthology of Fifty Really Short Stories, ed. Jerome Stern 
The late, great Jerome Stern (Making Shapely Fiction) used to run the annual World’s Best Short Short Story Contest. Could you write a story in one page? The winner won a crate of oranges. All my undergrads entered every year. So did I. We never won. Here are the winners in this slim volume.

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