Published in Stripped

UPDATE: As planned, the pieces in this volume have been matched with their authors after a year of anonymity. Mine, “The Taster’s Last Meal”, was selected for reprinting in Philadelphia Stories. (Scroll down that page a bit to find it.)

Ordinarily, if I were to announce a publication, I’d mention the name of my piece. In this case, I can’t.

A short-short of mine has been included in a really interesting project called Stripped. In response to a climate that includes V.S. Naipaul’s inflammatory comments about women writers last year, the editor, Nicole Monaghan, set out to publish a gender-themed collection of flash fiction.

The twist: All the contributors are named in the book, but our names aren’t tied to specific pieces. So part of the reading experience is meant to be thinking about what makes writing seem masculine or feminine—and trying, perhaps, to guess whether a man or a woman wrote this piece or that. The editor will reveal each piece’s author a year from now.

Posting from the list of contributors would make me blush; find a complete list at

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  1. Posted January 12, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    This sounds like one hell of a novel way of presenting a collection of works from various authors.

    And congratulations — you’re accompanying some great names…

    (I’m still finding my feet with the flash fiction form, but I’m enjoying the journey.)

    • Posted January 12, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Lloyd! Even before I knew I was going to be included, I was really excited about the collection. Just seems like such a strong concept, a standout in an era of concept-driven collections.

      Anyway, I wouldn’t call myself an old hand with flash, but I’ve at it long enough to have picked up a few things, to be sure. If you ever want to trade work, let me know. (A DM on Twitter might be an easy way to start the process.)

  2. Posted January 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    women and men ARE different…I grew up in the 70’s…A time when women/ thought they were supposed to be like men and little girls like me became very confused about our identities…what a waste of life and what a bunch of lost moments for me…I bought into it and bought the striped suit, went into the Corporate World, became a CPA I would guess we tend write/create from our own experience….females have a different life experinece than men and vice versa….not so sure why we believe we are in a competition??

    it’s possible he was being interviewed and was asked leading questions by the reporter being someone who seems to like to “kick a turd” (learned that in Texas ;-)) he decided to just stir the pot…

    yin/yang and all of that…the guy that dissed women is missing out on half of the beauty of our existence…too bad for him…somehow I doubt he ever believes what he is saying.

    congratulations on being published

  3. Posted January 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    ugh! i must have hit the post comment button by accident before editing my words…my post looks jumbled…hate when that happens!

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  1. By Nice PR for Stripped on February 15, 2012 at 8:09 am

    […] As I’ve mentioned, I’m delighted to have a piece in Stripped, a collection of what the editor‘s calling “anonymous” fiction. A week ago, I went to the launch party for the book in Philadelphia, and read somebody else’s story—since reading my own would give away which it was. You know, obviously. […]

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