Kathy Fish

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September 03, 1960




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Kathy Fish is a core faculty member for the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University in Denver. Additionally, she teaches two-week intensive Fast Flash© Workshops as well as weekend intensives through Word Tango. Her fourth collection of short fiction, "Rift," co-authored with Robert Vaughan, was published by Unknown Press and released in December, 2015. Her story, "A Room With Many Small Beds" was selected by Stuart Dybek for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2016 (Queen's Ferry Press, Tara Masih, Series Editor). She has also had work selected by Amy Hempel, and most recently, Aimee Bender, for the Best Small Fiction series. Two other stories were recently selected for the Wigleaf Top 50. She has also had stories chosen to be sold in the f ...more

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The Writing Wild in Costa Rica Retreat is now nearly filled. Only one room remains and it’s the lovely Shine Room, the largest of the Casa, featuring a queen bed, two twins (that can be set as bunk beds), a private bathroom, as well as space for an additional bunk bed. These are the very last spots remaining for the retreat in January. Nancy Stohlman and I wo...

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Together We Can Bury It

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Kathy Kathy said: " I was enjoying this, then the election happened and I haven't read much since. It was not as compelling as The Emperor of All Maladies, but still, Mukherjee is a brilliant writer. I'll go back to this eventually. "


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“The beautiful unruliness of literature is what makes it so much fun to wander through: you read Jane Austen and you say, oh, that is IT. And then you turn around and read Sterne, and you say, Man, that is IT. And then you wander across a century or so, and you run into Kafka, or Calvino, or Cortazar, and you say, well that is IT. And then you stroll through what Updike called the grottos of Ulysses, and after that you consort with Baldwin or Welty or Spencer, or Morrison, or Bellow or Fitzgerald and then back to W. Shakespeare, Esq; the champ, and all the time you feel the excitement of being in the presence of IT. And when you yourself spend the good time writing, you are not different in kind than any of these people, you are part of that miracle of human invention. So get to work. Get on with IT, no matter how difficult IT is. Every single gesture, every single stumble, every single uninspired-feeling hour, is worth IT." Richard Bausch”
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“A group of grandmothers is a tapestry. A group of toddlers, a jubilance (see also: a bewailing). A group of librarians is an enlightenment. A group of visual artists is a bioluminescence. A group of short story writers is a Flannery. A group of musicians is--a band.

A resplendence of poets.
A beacon of scientists.
A raft of social workers.

A group of first responders is a valiance. A group of peaceful protestors is a dream. A group of special education teachers is a transcendence. A group of neonatal ICU nurses is a divinity. A group of hospice workers, a grace.

Humans in the wild, gathered and feeling good, previously an exhilaration, now: a target.

A target of concert-goers.
A target of movie-goers.
A target of dancers.

A group of schoolchildren is a target.”
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Anastasia Hi Kathy. Thanks for your friendship.

message 25: by Gary

Gary Revel It's great to have you as a friend KATHY.

My memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOTis at Barnes and Noble

It includes details of my birth in Folrala, Alabama, youth in Niceville, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Bartow and Bonifay, Florida, high school-Holmes County High School, US Navy Service in San Diego, California, music business in Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, my investigation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination, recording and releasing the single record of the song about the MLK assassination, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER and more.
Paperback and Nook Book

Links to more Jongleur books and book sellers.

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Erin Jamison Thanks for the friendship Kathy. Follow me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/pages/erin-jamiso...

message 23: by Jana

Jana Happy Holidays, Kathy!

Marts  (Thinker) Hi Kathy
Nice to meet you!

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abbal hello kathy,
Thanks for the add. I look forward to reading more of your reviews and checking you out as an author!
Best wishes
Ardeshir Moradi

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Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

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Chicha Hello Kathy,
nice to meet you in Good reads..
o ya this month we have big festival for writers.. Ubud writers Festifal in Bali..do you know that?
please see in www.ubudwritersfestifal.com and please see in www.aumkar.org. thanks...

Mary Louise Hi, Kathy,
Finally finished your book. Sorry, got sideswiped. Thoroughly enjoyed them. And prominently posted a review.

Best wishes, and here's to life! Yes?

Mary Louise Penaz

Christina Polzin Thanks for the add. I look forward to reading more of your reviews and checking you out as an author!

message 14: by Rowena

Rowena Hello Kathy,

Thank you very much for adding me (accepting my invitation).

Best wishes
Rowena Cherry

Alexander Thanks for adding my book to your list. I really appreciate it.

message 12: by Kathy

Kathy I'm glad you liked the quote, John. And what you say makes a lot of sense. I enjoy reading authors who challenge me, but I'm with you on Ulysses, ha.

message 11: by John

John Hi Kathy,

I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your quote from Flannery O'Conner. I've never come across it before. But it rings very true with me.
I have found that when I've put forth the effort to understand a work of art, it has really paid off. I haven't quite cracked Joyce's Ulysses...but in putting forth the effort to study and analzye, I have gained a real appreciation for Faulkner, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, O'Conner herself, and others.


message 10: by Daniel

Kathy, I've added your book A Peculiar Feeling of Restlesstness: Four Chapbooks of Short, Short Fiction by Four Women to my to-read list.

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


message 8: by Daniel (last edited Jan 04, 2008 12:03PM)

Kathy, I also gave 5 stars to One flew Over the Cukoo's Nest.

Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Jeremy Hi Kathy!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

message 5: by Salyjung (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:10PM)

Salyjung Chaleunsinh Nice to Know you, have a nice day.

message 4: by Kathy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Kathy Hmmm, I will have to think about that. What is your favorite book of all time? Happy weekend to you, too!

message 3: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Jeremy Hi Kathy!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

PS--I'm happy to see that you gave The God of Small Things five stars. That's one of my favorite novels of all time.

message 2: by Kathy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:27AM)

Kathy Thanks so much, Jesse! I appreciate it...

message 1: by Jesse (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:27AM)

Jesse Patrick Kathy - I loved your flash at Smokelong! Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know.

Every time I read it, I love it more.

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