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February 2015 Third Thursday Panel

2/19/2015 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


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"When Less Is More:
Writing Short Stories, Essays, and Flash Fiction"


Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)


Often a writer can tell a complete story, explore a theme, or make a point best in a shorter format. Fewer, choicer words and select images can help narrow the focus and better highlight the heart of the piece.  But how does one recognize the best form? And where are the markets for such writings?

Join us on Thursday, February 19, and hear four writers discuss the process and publishing of shorter works.

Our distinguished panelists will be ...


Steve Adams
’s creative nonfiction was included in the 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII anthology and has been published in Willow Springs, The Pinch, and elsewhere. His fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, anthologized, and published in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere. He’s won Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, been a guest artist at The University of Texas, a scholar at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony, and his plays have been produced in New York City. He was recently awarded a Jentel Artist Residency, and is a writing coach in Austin at


Kelly Luce
's story collection, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, won the 2013 Foreword Review’s Editors Choice Prize in Fiction and an IPBA Gold Medal. Her work has been honored by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Jentel Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Kerouac House, and Michener Center for Writers, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature, and other publications. She’s the editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize anthology and editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. She hails from Illinois and lives in Austin, TX.

Meg Pokrass
is the author of three collections: Bird Envy (Harvard Book Store, 2014); Damn Sure Right (Press 53, 2011); and the forthcoming My Very End of the Universe, Five Mini-Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form (Rose Metal Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in more than 200 literary magazines, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Green Mountains Review, The Rumpus, storySouth and numerous anthologies, including the forthcoming Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015). Her latest collection of stories "The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down" is forthcoming from Etruscan Press (Spring, 2016).



Robert Shapard
coedits flash and sudden fiction anthologies for W.W. Norton. The latest, Flash Fiction International, will be out in April. He has also edited literary journals such as Quarterly West, Manoa, and Western Humanities Review. His fiction has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and been published in the New England Review, Kenyon Review, and Juked. His nonfiction has shown up in New World Writing, American Book Review, Cosmopolitan, and World Literature Today.




Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

WLT would, also, like to thank BookPeople for helping to make our Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent book stores and local business.