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Razor Sharp Short Stories

Tackling big and relevant themes that capture life in a moment, the art of short story writing is not to be taken lightly. This panel explores how authors create a compelling, dynamic and intense story in a very short time.

Nana Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica, Printer's Row and Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize....

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Mark Mayer

Mark Mayer's stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review, Guernica, Colorado Review and Mid-American Review. Mayer has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He spent two years at Cornell College's Center for the Literary Arts as the Robert P....

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Aurelie Sheehan

Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels and three short story collections. She is the winner of FC2’s 2018 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for a new story collection, "Once into the Night....

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeny’s “The Organist,” The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and other publications....


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