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A SmokeLong Summer 2023 — Panel Discussions

June 17  — 2pm ET — Flash Editors Panel with Maureen Langloss, Tara Campbell, and Scott Garson

In this 90-minute event we’ll talk with three institutions in the flash community about the state of flash in our world today. We’ll discuss editorial processes. Longevity. The future of flash.

Tara Campbell is an award-winning writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, fiction co-editor at Barrelhouse, and graduate of American University’s MFA in Creative Writing. She teaches creative writing at venues such as American University, Johns Hopkins University, Clarion West, The Writer’s Center, Hugo House, and the National Gallery of Art. Publication credits include Masters Review, Wigleaf, Electric Literature, CRAFT Literary, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Escape Pod/Artemis Rising. She’s the author of a novel, two hybrid collections of poetry and prose, and two short story collections from feminist sci-fi publisher Aqueduct Press.

Scott Garson is the author of Is That You, John Wayne?–a collection of stories. He edits Wigleaf and teaches at the University of Missouri.

Maureen Langloss is a lawyer-turned-writer living in New York City and has been published in Kenyon ReviewPloughshares, The Best Small FictionsCutbankThe Journal, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. Her fiction in Alaska Quarterly Review was listed as a distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories 2022. Her work has also received the Copper Nickel Editor’s Prize in Prose and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Maureen serves as Editor-in-Chief of Split Lip Magazine and is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. @maureenlangloss

July 22 — 2pm ET — Panel Discussion: Flash in the University Classroom with Venita Blackburn, Michael Czyzniejewski, and Kim Chinquee


Exceptionally, this event will be free to anyone who teaches creative writing at the high-school or university level. Please email us (editor@smokelong.com) to be put on the guest list. 

In this 90-minute panel discussion we’ll talk with three university professors who teach flash. We’ll discuss methods of teaching the form as well as the state of the form in the university classroom.

Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared in newyorker.com, Harper’s, Story, McSweeney’s, Apogee, Split Lip Magazine, the Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, Foglifter, Electric Literature, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review, and others. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and several Pushcart prize nominations. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award and recipient of the PEN America Los Angeles literary prize in fiction. Her collection of stories How to Wrestle a Girl is available from MCD books. She is the founder and president of Live, Write, an organization devoted to offering free creative writing workshops for communities of color. Her home town is Compton, California, and she is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.

Kim Chinquee is the author of seven collections and her recent novel Pipette. She’s been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including NOON, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Fiction, Story, Notre Dame Review, and others. She’s the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, a Henfield Prize, is senior editor of New World Writing Quarterly, contributing editor of Midwest Review, chief editor of ELJ (Elm Leaves Journal), and associate professor of English at SUNY-Buffalo State University, where she co-directs its writing major. She’s a competitive triathlete, a certified USAT official, and lives with her three dogs in Tonawanda, New York.

Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of three collections of stories, Elephants in Our Bedroom(Dzanc Books, 2009), Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Curbside Splendor, 2012), and I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories(Curbside Splendor, 2015). He is an assistant professor at Missouri State University, where he edits Moon City Review and serves as both Literary and Managing Editor for Moon City Press. In 2010, he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.


August 19 — 5pm ET — Flash Editors Panel with Kim Magowan, Eric Scot Tryon and Tara Isabel Zambrano

In this 90-minute event we’ll talk with three well-known editors (past and present) in the flash community. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of reading for and running a literary journal.

Photo by Ruby Wallau for Northeastern University

Kim Magowan lives in San Francisco and teaches in the English Department of Mills College at Northeastern University. She is the author of the short story collection How Far I’ve Come (2022), published by Gold Wake Press; the novel The Light Source (2019), published by 7.13 Books; and the short story collection Undoing (2018), which won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award. Her fiction has been published in Colorado Review, Craft Literary, The Gettysburg Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and many other journals. Her stories have been selected for The Best Small Fictions and Wigleaf‘s Top 50. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor of Pithead Chapel.

Eric Scot Tryon is a writer and editor from San Francisco. His work has been selected for The Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction  anthologies and has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer TrainNinth LetterWillow SpringsWigleafLos Angeles ReviewSonora Review & elsewhere. Eric is also the Founding Editor of Flash Frog. @EricScotTryon

Tara Isabel Zambrano is a writer of color and the author of full-length flash collection, Death, Desire and Other Destinations by OKAY Donkey Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Tin House Online, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, The Rumpus and others. She lives in Texas and is an electrical engineer by profession.




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