Reading Sept 22nd

A Flash in the Pan: A Selection of Flash Fiction Readings from some of  Philly's Finest Fiction Writers

Featuring: J. Galyn Hoffler, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and Nathan Long. 

"Flash fiction is fiction with its teeth bared and its claws extended, lithe and muscular with no extra fat. It pounces in the first paragraph, and if those claws aren’t embedded in the reader by the start of the second, the story began a paragraph too soon. There is no margin for error. Every word must be essential, and if it isn’t essential, it must be eliminated." -Kathy Kachelrides

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012. 7:00pm.
Where: The Imperfect Gallery- a new art gallery in the Germantown community, 5601 Greene Street. Philly, PA 19144

The "iMPeRFeCT Gallery is a not-for-profit alternative art space dedicated to the voice of the artist. We are an international, community based exhibition space in Germantown,Philadelphia, where we'll celebrate the work that comes out of  passion.  https://www.facebook.com/ImperfectGallery
A Philadelphia native, J. Galyn Hoffler loves to observe and write about the human condition. She wrote human interest features and community news for a local newspaper for over three years before becoming an English teacher. She writes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry.

Nathan Long's stories and essays have appeared in over fifty journals, including Glimmer Train, Tin House, The Sun, and Crab Orchard Review.  His work has won a Virginia Arts Grant, a Truman Capote Trust Scholarship, and a Pushcart nomination and his stories have been finalists nine times for the Glimmer Train Very Short Story Award.  He lives in Germantown and teaches at Richard Stockton College.

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela's writing has earned her recognition and support from The Leeway Foundation and Hedgebrook, among others. She is the co-founder of Thread Makes Blanket press which is currently working on the completion of an anthology of writing from the VONA writing workshops. As she continues to work on her first novel, flash fiction has become a welcome escape into other stories. Marissa is a professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

 Hosted by Maleka Fruean: Germantown writer, mother, and sassy artist.

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