Flash Nonfiction Funny: 71 Very Humorous, Very True, Very Short Stories

Flash Nonfiction Funny: 71 Very Humorous, Very True, Very Short Stories


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The seventy-one flash essays collected here are hilarious proof that you don’t need more than 750 words to laugh out loud. Featuring both established and up-and-coming writers, these essays are no flashes in the pan—they demonstrate careful attention to craft and exploration: everything you want in a thoughtful essay, only shorter. This collection is perfect for students of writing and comedy—and for anybody who appreciates a good laugh!

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ISBN-13: 9780997543742
Publisher: Woodhall Press LLP
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 455,615
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Tom Hazuka has published three novels, over sixty-five short stories,
and a book of nonfiction, A Method to March Madness: An Insider's Look at the Final Four. He has edited or coedited six anthologies of short stories: Flash Fiction; Flash Fiction Funny; Sudden Flash Youth; You Have
Time for This; A Celestial Omnibus: Short Fiction on Faith; Short on Sugar,
High on Honey (UK); and Best American Flash Fiction of the 21st Century
(Shanghai, China). He teaches fiction writing at Central Connecticut
State University. Links to his writing and original songs can be found at tomhazuka.com.

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to
Writing Flash Nonfiction, Crafting the Personal Essay, and the memoir
Between Panic & Desire. Moore lives in Athens, Ohio, frightened the great writer and editor George Plimpton on more than one occasion,
and is deathly afraid of polar bears.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Brian Doyle Stuff the Dog Ate, 1

Charles Rafferty What Fathers Say, What Daughters Hear, 3

Caitlin Brady When the GOP Takes Away My Birth Control,

How Will I Know What Day It Is?, 6

Jody Mace The Insomniac’s To-Do List, 8

B. A. East Transition Brief, 11

Brian Bedard Stand-Up Comedian, 14

Allison K. Williams Keep Calm and Kill These Mimes, 16

Chris Offutt Hardware, 19

Lorrie McDole Bride of Christ, 21

Denis Horgan Throw Them Off the Train, 23

Helena de Bres Writing Advice to My Students that Would

Also Have Been Good Sex Advice for My

High-School Boyfriends, 25

Dani Johannesen Intro to Creative Writing, 26

Thaddeus Rutkowski On My Head, 29

Wendy Brenner For a Friend Who Has Deactivated

Her Facebook Account, 31

Sarah Einstein How to Die Alone, 33

Ravi Shankar The Top Ten Reasons It’s Awesome

to Be a Tam-Bram American, 35

Sandra Gail Lambert Horror in the Okefenokee Swamp, 38

Lise Funderburg What Bad Owners Say at the Dog Park, 40

Michael Martone A Contributor’s Note, 41

Judy Millar Kissing for Klutzes, 43

Mark Budman Gained in Translation:

A Real-Life Play in One Act, 45

Suzanne Strempek Shea And a Free Box of Forty, 48

Leah Williams You and That Mad Cow, 50

Josh Couvares Pillars of the Community, 52

Susan Lerner What You Need to Feed Your Baby, 54

Kathryn Fitzpatrick An Angry Letter to Starbucks, 57

Jim Shea Don’t Bed Down with a Canine, 59

Kim Addonizio Cocktail Time, 61

Sarah Wesley Lemire The Bad Passenger, 63

Chelsea Biondilillo An Objective Look at My Seven Graduate

School Rejections, 65

Paul Beckman Nothing Happened, 67

V. Hansmann Barking, 70

Dani Burlison An Open Letter to Future Ex-Boyfriends

About How to Apologize for Wrongdoings

at the End of Our Relationship, 72

Tom Hazuka Nasty Habits, 75

Renée E. D’Aoust My Dachshund Talk Italian One Day, 77

Dinty W. Moore Free Tibet, Man!, 80

Amy Shaw The Tail End, 81

Ron Carlson Christmas Letter, 83

Gina Barreca Sex and the Socratic Method, 84

Scott Loring Sanders Argument with Myself on How to Write

a Competent Essay, 86

Lisa Romeo The Long Pink Line, 89

Douglass Bourne Bridge Metaphors Used During the Meeting

with Department Heads, 92

Juliana Gray Life Among the Yankees, 94

Terri Favro Inner Nonna, 96

Liane Kupferberg Carter Gadget Graveyard, 98

Nick Hoppe It’s Not Always Easy Being a Man, 100

Jenny Klion Jobs, A to Z, 102

Sven Birkerts Hard-On, 105

Robin Hemley The Dachshund Endures, 107

Meg Pokrass Playing the Chicken, 109

Sam Ferrigno Boy Leaves Connecticut for New York,

Becomes Nervous, 111

R. C. Van Horn 1-800-UHOH, 113

Diane Payne How I Ended Up Nearly Bald, 115

Thomas Jeffrey Vasseur Popcorn for Ling-Ling Nguyen, 117

Beth Levine The Tao of Weighing In, 120

Ashley Chantler Happier Than, 122

Anna Vodicka An Open Letter to a Traveling Salesman,

Sugar Camp, Wisconsin, Circa 1996, 125

Candy Schulman Résumé of a Desperate College Grad, 127

Fiona Tinwei Lam Nipples, 131

Josh Russell Bone & Ants, 133

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