Kelly Sundberg’s Favorite Flash Essayists

March 13, 2015 § Leave a comment


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Kelly, caught in one of her more serious moods

Vela, a magazine devoted to helping to “close the byline gender gap by publishing exceptional nonfiction written by women” asked Brevity’s intrepid Managing Editor Kelly Sundberg to put down the big speaker and name a few of her favorite female flash authors. Here is the beginning of her response. Click the link after to see her full list:

When I took over as the managing editor of Brevity, I steeled myself to wade through piles of imprecise and over-wrought malaise. Instead, I discovered a queue full of work consistently well-written, compressed and lovely. Perhaps the nature of flash nonfiction results in these many excellent submissions. The best flash nonfiction is just that—a “flash.” It erupts, leaves the reader a little breathless, and captures an image or idea in a blink.

For this column, I initially wanted to highlight only writers without books. I was committed to the term “emerging.” Still, I didn’t want to overlook two of my favorite writers of flash nonfiction (who also have books). In the end, I decided to choose those writers whose voices represent what I think flash nonfiction should be: ambitious, powerful, unafraid and lyrical.

Kelly’s full list here.

(Hint, hint: Melissa, Jill, Randon, Rebecca, Diane, Kelly M., Chelsea, and Lisa might especially want to click.)

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