Published March 16, 2022

Kim Fu (Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century), Daniel A. Olivas (How to Date a Flying Mexican), and Ran Walker (Keep it 100) discuss their use of microfiction and short story as forms in which to imaginatively investigate contemporary and historical questions of ethics and humanity, prodding the dystopian, the magical, and the ordinary, with unforgettable conclusions. In conversation with Joe Loyacano.

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“Stellar… Fu’s stories crackle with quirky plots, and her characters’ problems and hunger for new possibilities are palpable. This is a winner.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Olivas is adept at establishing character in a sentence or two; he creates an image, a moment of self-deception, in which we come to know these characters intimately and easily imagine their entire lives…”—Los Angeles Times

​”These stories may be brief, but they are so substantial they get deep down into your bones and bubble up into your thoughts as you move through the day. I’m amazed that Ran Walker can stuff so much meaning and power into so few words, but he does it one hundred times in Keep It 100. He’s just that talented.”—Rion Amilcar Scott, author of The World Doesn’t Require You


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