Why There Are Words

WTAW at Litcrawl 2012

Litcrawl: Why There Are Words PresentsLitcrawl, October 13, 2012, Aldea Home

Pam Houston is the award-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted, Cowboys Are My WeaknessWaltzing the CatA Little More About Me, and Sight Hound.

Josh Mohr is the author of the novels Damascus and Termite Parade.

Michelle Richmond is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog.

Susan Steinberg is author of the story collections Hydroplane and The End of Free Love, and the forthcoming Spectacle.

Ryan Van Meter is the author of the essay collection If You Knew Then What I Know Now. 

VIDEO: Pam HoustonJoshua MohrMichelle RichmondSusan SteinbergRyan Van Meter

PODCASTS: Pam HoustonJoshua MohrMichelle RichmondSusan SteinbergRyan Van Meter


Tzara’s Hat: Five Writers, Five New WorksLitcrawl, October 13, 2012, Four Barrel Coffee. Tristan Tzara knew something about the creative power of community and constraint. During a Dadaist rally in the 1920s, Tzara offered to create a work on the spot by pulling words at random from a hat. The exercise became a well-known surrealism technique, and when applied to flash fiction it works quite effectively by pulling the words from a hat at timed intervals, which must be immediately incorporated into a new flash fiction work of no more than 750 words. Five new flash fiction works by:

Peg Alford Pursell‘s fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Staccato Fiction, Annalemma, Emprise Review & others. She’s an editor & lit reading series curator.

Daniel Levin Becker is reviews editor of The Believer and the youngest member of the Paris-based Oulipo collective.

Ethel Rohan is the author of Hard to Say and Cut Through the Bone. She has published in World Literature TodayTin House Online, The Rumpus, & elsewhere.

Janey Smith is the writer of The Snow Poems (forthcoming, NAP) and Animals (Plain Wrap Press). Her writing may be found all over the internet.

Olga Zilberbourg writes fiction set in San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Russia, and places between. Her work’s appeared in Narrative MagazineSanta Monica Review, HTMLGiant, and others.

VIDEO: Peg Alford PursellDaniel Levin BeckerEthel RohanJaney SmithOlga Zilberbourg.

PODCASTS: Peg Alford PursellDaniel Levin BeckerEthel RohanJaney SmithOlga Zilberbourg


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