Kathy Flann

Kathy Flann

Kathy Flann’s fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, The North American Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications. A short story collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. A novella entitled Mad Dog won the AE Coppard Award at White Eagle Coffee Store Press. A second short story collection, Get a Grip, has won the George Garrett Award and will be published by Texas Review Press. Flann has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and she served as fiction editor of The Greensboro Review. For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. Her column, “Letter from America,” appears in the NAWE magazine, Writing in Education. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, at the Moulin a Nef in France, and at the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria. Currently, she teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.


Kathy Flann in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

I don't remember a time when I didn't write.

What do you love about short stories?

Rich complexity that somehow feels at home in that small space.

Do you write in other forms?

I write personal essays and memoir.

What distracts you from writing?


Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Dogs, running, eating (the latter two are related).

What is your favourite book?

Wolf Whistle.

Who are your favourite writers?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lewis Nordan and Lorrie Moore.

Where is your dream location?

France....Or maybe inside a pair of sweatpants. It's hard to decide.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

The dramatic music they play in reality shows to try to make something important -- like (cue music) "Will she eat the potato???"

Do you have any advice for new writers?

My advice is to read a lot, to work hard, and to be patient with yourself.

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