Join Why There Are Words on November 8, 2018, at Studio 333 in Sausalito when authors from the anthology Nothing Short of 100 will read, along with very special guest R.O. Kwon. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10 entry fee at the door.
NOTHING SHORT OF presents the best of 100WordStory.org, the leader in short-short fiction and a popular go-to for great reading. Published by Outpost 19 in April 2018, in these very short stories, every word, every detail, every moment matters. These 100-word stories are authored by some of the best microfiction story writers around, including WTAW’s own Peg Alford Pursell, and the following readers.
Karen Benke is the author of several creative writing adventure books from Shambhala Publications, including Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing (2015). Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Rattle, West Marin Review, The Bark, Poetry Daily, Hawaii Pacific Review, and elsewhere. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her teenage son and leads writing workshops for children at Book Passage Bookstore and from The Writers Nest, located in a converted lumber mill, circa 1892.
Andrew O. Dugas’ work has appeared in Unlikely Stories, 100 Word Story, Mayfly, and many other places. His novel Sleepwalking in Paradise was published in 2014 by Numina Press. He recently snail-mailed 1,001 original hand-inscribed haiku postcards to as many randomly selected recipients. Maybe you got one?
Jane McDermott is the 2014 Michael Rubin book award winner for her collection of microfiction Look Busy: One hundred 100-word stories by and for the easily distracted (14 Hills, 2014). Her fiction can be found in Foglifter, 100 Word Story, Weirderary, Reflex Fiction, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Red Light Lit, and others. She earned an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. She lives in Oakland with her wife, cats, chickens, and bees.
Lynn Mundell‘s writing has appeared in The Sun, Booth, Portland Review, Permafrost, Tin House online, and elsewhere. Her story “The Old Days,” originally published in Five Points (2018), is included in the W.W. Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (August 2018). Her work has been recognized on the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions long lists of 2017 and 2018. She is co-editor of 100 Word Story and its anthology Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost19, April 2018).
Cornelia Nixon’s fourth novel, The Use of Fame, is out in hardcover from Counterpoint Press (2017). She is also the author of Jarrettsville (Counterpoint, 2009), Angels Go Naked (Counterpoint, 2000), Now You See It (Perennial, 1992), and a book of literary criticism. She has won two O. Henry Awards (one of them the First Prize in 1995), two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction. She lives half the year in Berkeley, California, and half on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.
ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST: R.O. Kwon’s nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries, was published in July 2018 by Riverhead (U.S.). Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Why There Are Words (WTAW) is an award-winning national reading series founded in Sausalito in 2010 by Peg Alford Pursell, now expanded to six additional major cities in the U.S., with more planned in the future. The series draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday to Studio 333, located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. The series is a program of the 501(c)3 non-profit WTAW Press, publisher of award-winning exceptional literary books.