Women Who Flash Their Lit began as an online forum of Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine featuring women authors who write flash fiction and contribute to and influence its form. It continues here as a live archive, a documentary-in-progress.
On October 28, 2015 I wrote a line in an email to Kathy Fish: “[dream scenario: you and Gay in one interview together or a panel. And other trailblazing flash women writers…I can get carried away].” On October 30, Kathy responded to me “your panel idea sounds great…” I immediately contacted Bartleby Snopes’ editors Nathaniel Tower and Leonora Desar about the idea who each moved on it immediately. Nate came up with the title. Leonora generated some topic questions and created with me a wish list of authors that proved how easy it was to become carried away. By November 9th, Bartleby Snopes‘ editors Leonora Desar, Danielle Dyal, Kris Faatz, and Atossa Shafaie enthusiastically approved a working plan: an online forum, author reviews and interviews, video and audio of authors, and long-term, the incorporation of more writers to contribute essays—all while keeping up with the day-to-day commitment to Bartleby Snopes.
During early 2016, writers such as Gessy Alvarez, Shinjini Bhattacharjee, Leesa Cross Smith, Gay Degani, Kathy Fish, Rosie Forrest, Ashley Inguanta, Jayne Martin, Kona Morris, Sally Reno, Nancy Stohlman, and Meg Tuite joined Bartleby Snopes in a closed on-line forum to discuss their experiences, writing, and opinions on flash fiction accompanied by ongoing reviews of their work, interviews, video, recorded readings, and art. On July 18, 2016, we opened it to the public.
The number of women who have and continue to create and contribute to the art and craft of flash fiction is tremendous. This is one of many efforts that attempt to capture the form in a moment. Bartleby Snopes is grateful to everyone who has participated thus far. I am deeply appreciative of the writers and of my partner editors who have devoted their time and effort.
What we’re documenting here is nothing less than marvelous.
April Bradley, Bartleby Snopes