Meg Pokrass is the author of six flash fiction collections, an award-winning new collection of microfiction, Spinning to Mars (Blue Light Book Award, 2020), and two novellas-in-flash: Here, Where We Live (Rose Metal Press, 2014) and The Loss Detector (Bamboo Dart Press, 2020). (Click here to read samples of Meg’s writing on her author website)
Her flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid writing has been widely internationally anthologised; in New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018) and Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), The Best Small Fictions (2018 & 2019), the Wigleaf Top 50 (4 x) and the BIFFY Awards in 2019 and 2020, as well as many other anthologies including Brevity Magazine’s Flash Non-Fiction Funny and 100-Word Story’s Nothing Short of 100.
Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Waxwing, Washington Square Review, Tin House, Smokelong, McSweeney’s, Wigleaf, MoonPark Review, Five Points, Hobart Pulp, Split Lip, Matchbook, and over the last decade, hundreds of literary journals.
Meg is the Founding Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, Flash Challenge Creator and Editor for Mslexia Magazine and Festival Curator and Workshop Presenter for Flash Fiction Festival, U.K.
She has has served as contest judge for the Bath Flash Award, the Bath Flash Novella-In-Flash Award, Mslexia’s Flash Fiction Competition, F(r)iction’s Flash Fiction Contest, Talking Writing’s Flash Fiction Contest, Retreat West’s Flash Fiction Contest 2020 and many other literary contests.
She’s taught in the Masters Program at Indiana University, Newcastle University, University of Pennsylvania, and many other academic institutions. Meg is the Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival U.K., Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review, Co-Founder (along with Jane Ciabattari, Grant Faulkner and Kirsten Chen) of San Francisco’s Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series and teaches flash fiction workshops at international festivals including Mslexicon Literary Festival, Sardaam Festival (Cyprus), Huddersfield Literary Festival and Flash Fiction Festival U.K., as well as leading her popular online flash fiction classes.
Lorette C. Luzajic is an artist, writer, educator, and the founding editor of The Ekphrastic Review. Art history is the obsession that unites all of her work. She mines the fascinating stories inside paintings, art movements, and artist biography, and loves to share the ways these stories can inspire more stories.
Lorette studied journalism but is best known for her prose poetry and small fictions. Her prose poetry, flash, and microfiction appear in hundreds of literary journals, including Cleaver Magazine, Litro, New Flash Fiction Review, The Disappointed Housewife, JMWW, Trampset, Unbroken, The Citron Review, Brilliant Flash Fiction, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Ghost Parachute, and a dozen anthologies. Her two recent collections are Pretty Time Machine and Winter in June (Mixed Up Media Books.) She has been nominated for Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and four times each for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She won first place in a flash contest at MacQueen’s Quarterly. She was recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant for a project in ekphrastic flash fiction that she is working on now.
She was also a longstanding columnist at Good Food Revolution with Wine and Art, an exploration pairing art history discoveries with the stories of wine. Today she continues with Eat. Play. Rove, a column exploring food lore through the lens of art history.
In 2015, Lorette started The Ekphrastic Review, a journal of writing inspired by visual art. The journal has grown into the flagship publication of ekphrastic literature. It has published more than 1000 writers and 5000 pieces of ekphrastic poetry and fiction. As editor, Lorette has taught ekphrastic flash and poetry via Zoom at the University of Singapore, Trinity Western University in British Columbia, the Indelible Festival of Literature in Dubai, Women in Visual and Literary Arts in Texas, at the Bath Flash Fiction Festival, and beyond. She continues to be available for guest presentations.
Lorette is an award-winning visual artist working with collage and mixed media in surreal, pop art, abstract and urban expressionist styles. Her artwork has been seen in galleries, museums, restaurants, magazine ads, book covers, as a prop on film and television, on billboards and much more. She has travelled to Mexico to exhibit her works, and to North Africa as a guest of the Tunisia Ministry of Culture to work with international artists. Her art has been collected by clients in over thirty countries.