Beginning with Issue 69, SmokeLong will invite four people from the writing community to join the SmokeLong staff for the quarterly issue reading period. These experienced writers will work alongside our staff submissions editors to choose stories for the second round of reading. SmokeLong endeavors, as always, to involve the international writing community, flash and beyond, to ensure that our editorial process remains eclectic, diverse, and inclusive.
Our Readers in Residence for Issue 69 are…
Farhana Khalique is a writer, voiceover artist and teacher from London. Her writing has appeared in Reflex Press, Visual Verse, Lighthouse Literary Journal, Litro, Popshot Quarterly, The Good Journal, sister-hood magazine, and has been anthologised in The Brown Anthology: Language, City of Stories, Dividing Lines, and Happy Birthday to Me. Farhana has been longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award, shortlisted for The Asian Writer Short Story Prize, and won a Word Factory Apprentice Award. She has also written for the stage and performed her work at Tara Theatre in London. Find Farhana @HanaKhalique.
Ashley Hickson-Lovence was born in London in 1991. He is a former secondary school English teacher and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. His debut novel, The 392, was published in April 2019 to critical acclaim and his second novel, Your Show, is set to be released in 2021.
Tucker Leighty-Phillips is an Appalachian writer currently in Arizona. His work has been featured/forthcoming in Passages North, Cutbank, Longleaf Review and elsewhere, and has also been anthologized in Best Microfiction as well as longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50. He is currently an editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review.
Kathryn McMahon is a queer, cross-genre writer. Her flash has appeared in matchbook, CRAFT, Hobart, Wigleaf, JMWW, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere, and she has won flash fiction contests at both Prime Number Magazine and New Delta Review. Follow her on Twitter at @katoscope.