"Writing is a way of traveling to other worlds. It is an honor to help people on their journeys."
Associate ProfessorCreative Writing
Kathy Flann’s short story collection, Get a Grip, won the George Garrett Award and was released by Texas Review Press. It was named a top book of the year by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper, and it won the short story category for the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards, the International Book Awards, and the 2017 Best Book Awards. A previous collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, and Le Moulin à Nef in France.
Get a Grip: A Short Story Collection, Texas Review Press, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Fall 2015
Smoky Ordinary (short story collection), Snake Nation Press, Valdosta, GA, 2008
Mad Dog (chapbook/novella) White Eagle Coffee Store Press, December 2007
Short Stories in Magazines
“Somebody for Everybody,” in Redux, Spring 2016 http://www.reduxlitjournal.com/2016/03/196-somebody-for-everybody-by-kathy.html
“Sunny’s Guide to Native Virginia Plants” in The Texas Review, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX, Spring 2016.
“Show of Force” in Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2015.
“Little Big Show” in The Chattahoochee Review, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2 and 3, Fall/Winter 2013, 146-159
“Neuropathy” in Carve Magazine, Print Edition #1, Fall 2012, 27-32
“Somebody for Everybody” reprinted in Vagabond: Bulgaria’s English Magazine, Issue 70/2012, 80-82
“Karaoke Night at the El Corazon Disco Lounge,” (novel excerpt) in The Tampa Review, #42, Fall 2011, 29-34
“Somebody for Everybody,” in The North American Review, Vol. 296, No. 3, Summer 2011, 13-19
“Heaven’s Door” published at West Branch Wired, Spring 2011, http://www.bucknell.edu/WestBranchWired.xml
“Half a Brother” in Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. L, No. 2, Spring 2011, 210-224.
“Leaving Reno” in Southern Humanities Review, Vol. 44, No. 2, Summer 2010
“Get a Grip” in New Delta Review, Vol. 27, Summer 2010
“Profile of the Addict” in The Texas Review, Summer 2007
“An Airtight Box” in Del Sol Review, Spring 2007, #14
“On the Charlie Applebaum Stage” in The Adirondack Review, summer 2006
“Homecoming” in Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts, spring 2006
“El Corazon” in The Barcelona Review, issue 46, January-February 2005
“Experiments” in The North American Review, Vol. 286, No. 2, March/April 2001, 25-29
“Permanent Residence” in Shenandoah, Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring 2001, 59-72.
“Strike Anywhere” in Quarterly West, Number 51, Autumn/Winter 2000-2001, 104-109
“Missing Person” in Yemassee, Vol. VIII, No. 1, August/September 2000, 14-26.
“Indian Summer” in The O. Henry Festival Stories, Trans Verse Press, Greensboro, 1998, 123-140
“A Happy, Safe Thing” in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best 1996, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1996. 137-47
“A Happy, Safe Thing” in Shenandoah, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 1995. 30-39
“Black Lagoon” in Crazyhorse, No. 49, Winter 1995. 87-95
Creative Nonfiction/Humor Publications
“Sink or Swim,” memoir piece, Baltimore Style, August 2016
“Love, Baltimore Style” (memoir/feature) in Baltimore Style, June issue, 2016
“Off Color” (memoir) in The Texas Review, Vol 36, No. 1&2, Spring/Sumer Issue 2015, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX.
“How to Survive a Human Attack: A Mummy’s Decree” in Monkeybicycle, Nov 12, 2015 http://monkeybicycle.net/how-to-survive-a-human-attack-a-mummys-decree-papyrus-edition/
“How to Survive a Human Attack: Appendix 1 A Compendium of Human Repellants” in The Higgs Weldon, Oct 28, 2015. http://thehiggsweldon.com/how-to-survive-a-human-attack/
“How to Survive a Human Attack: Swamp Monster Makeovers” in Defenestration, Oct 28, 2015. http://www.defenestrationmag.net/2015/10/how-to-survive-a-human-attack-swamp-monster-makeovers-by-k-e-flann/
“If My Book” in Monkeybicycle, Oct 27, 2015. http://monkeybicycle.net/category/if-my-book/
“Falling” (memoir), commissioned Cunningham Essay in Essay, Susquehanna , PA, Volume 15, Spring 2015.
“How to Survive a Human Attack: A Zombie’s Guide to Filling the Emptiness and Moving Forward” (experimental personal essay) in Word Riot, March 16, 2015 http://www.wordriot.org/archives/7907
“Cherry Blossoms, Labradoodles, Each Other: Is Joy a Daily Choice?” (personal essay) in Baltimore Fishbowl, June 26, 2013 http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/cherry-blossoms-labradoodles-and-each-other-is-joy-our-choice-to-make/
“Run For Your Life…Baltimore Writers Talk Roth’s Retirement” (memoir/essay) in Baltimore Fishbowl, Feb 20, 2013 http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/run-for-your-life-baltimore-writers-talk-roths-retirement/
“Letter to America (From Mouth-Breathing Idiot)” (memoir/essay) in Baltimore Fishbowl, Nov. 28, 2012 http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/letter-to-america-from-mouth-breathing-idiot/
“Hi, Ho the Derry-O” (memoir) in Baltimore Fishbowl, May 2, 2012 http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/hi-ho-the-dairy-o/
“Most People Are Other People” (memoir) in Baltimore Fishbowl, April 1, 2012 http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/most-people-are-other-people/
“Most People Are Other People” (memoir) in Sententia, #4, Spring 2012, 80-82
“Letter from America,” a tri-annual column that appears in the UK magazine, Writing in Education, 2006-present.
St Martin travel piece in Baltimore Style, December 2016.
“Betraying the Reader,” Stay Thirsty, Fall Issue, 2016
“Why You Aren’t Getting Published,” Stay Thirsty, Summer Issue, 2016
“Hearing the Writer’s Voice,” Stay Thirsty, Spring Issue, 2016
“The Importance of Character,” Stay Thirsty, Winter Issue 2016
“JAX to the Max,” Jacksonville, FL travel piece, Baltimore Style, January, 2015 http://baltimorestyle.com/18527/jax-to-the-max/
“Book It” Seattle, WA travel piece, Baltimore Style, May-June 2014, http://www.baltimorestyle.com/index.php/style/travel/book_it/
“On the Tenure Clock: A Cautionary Tale” (personal essay) in Baltimore Fishbowl, April 23, 2014 http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/tenure-track-cautionary-tale/
“The Whole Story: The Contemporary Short Story in Sequence,” (essay) in The Short Story, edited by Ailsa Cox, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, December, 2008.
“How Did I End Up Here?: The Role of the Self-Reflection in the Creative Writing Course” (essay, co-authored with Lucy Collins) in Writing in Education, Spring 2006
“The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker: Community Speakers in the Creative Writing Classroom,” (essay) in Writing in Education, No. 34, Autumn 2004
“Location, Location, Location: One Writer’s Journey from the US to the UK” in Writing in Education, (essay) Issue Number 27, Autumn 2002, 29-33
“A Wolf in Intellectual’s Clothing: Professors & Students Portrayed in American Films of the last 30 Years” (essay) in The Adjunct Advocate Sept/Oct 2000, 40-41
Fiction Reading, Sunday Salon Series, Chicago, IL, July 31, 2016
Fiction Reading, Writers & Words Series, Baltimore, MD, June 14, 2016
Fiction Reading, lowercase series, in support of 826DC, Washington, DC, June 1, 2016
An Evening of Humorous Readings, DC9 Nightclub, Washington, DC, May 20, 2016
Fiction Reading, Sunday Salon Series, New York, NY, May 15, 2016
Fiction Reading, The Writers Center, Bethesda, MD, May 1, 2016
Fiction Reading, Tirefire Series, Philadelphia, PA, April 27, 2016
Fiction Reading, Lit & Art Series, Watermark Gallery, Baltimore, MD April 24, 2016
Fiction Reading, Spiral Staircase Series, Annapolis, MD, April 17, 2016
Fiction Reading, Upshur Books, Washington, DC, March 20, 2016
Fiction Reading, Sunday Salon Series, Ft Lauderdale, FL, March 13, 2016
Fiction Reading, Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury, MD March 2, 2016
Fiction Reading, Dire Literary Series, Boston, MA, Feb 5, 2016
Fiction Reading, The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD, Jan 21, 2016
Fiction Reading, Starts Here Fiction Series at Artifact Coffee, Baltimore, MD, Oct 26, 2015.
Book Launch/Reading for Get a Grip, Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD, Oct 22, 2015.
Featured Writer, Maryland Writers Association, Baltimore Chapter, Ukazoo Books, Towson, MD, April 27, 2015. Gave a reading of my own work and a presentation about publishing.
Creative Nonfiction Reading, Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France, August 20, 2014
Fiction Reading, Georgetown University, Nov. 6, 2013
Fiction Reading, Baltimore Book Festival, Sept 29, 2013
Creative Nonfiction Reading, New Mercury Reading Series, Baltimore, MD, Oct 25, 2012
Fiction Reading, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, June 11, 2012
Fiction Reading, Capita Literature Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 29, 2012
Fiction Reading, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Sozopol, Bulgaria, May 27, 2012
Creative Nonfiction Reading, Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD, April 12, 2012
Fiction Reading, Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD, February 18, 2010
Fiction Reading, 510 Reading Series, Minas Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Nov 14, 2009
Fiction Reading, The 3rd Annual Spring Southeastern Literary Magazine & Independent Press Festival, hosted by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, April 22nd, 2009
Fiction Reading and Q&A, American Association of University Women, Book Club, Northern Virginia chapter, summer 2008
Fiction Reading, hosted by the University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK, February 23, 2004
Fiction Reading, hosted by the English Department at Louisburg College, Louisburg, NC, September 30, 1999
Fiction Reading, "Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and students/graduates from the MFA program at UNCG," hosted by Jane and Richard Levy, MFA fundraiser, Greensboro, NC, February 25, 1999
Fiction Reading, hosted by the English Department at St. Andrews College, Laurinburg, NC, January 21, 1999
External Awards, Honors, Grants
Finalist, Baker Artist Awards, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Baltimore, MD, 2017
Winner, Get a Grip, Short Story Category, Best Book Awards, 2017
Winner, Get a Grip, Short Story Category, International Book Awards, 2016
Winner, Get a Grip, Short Story Category, National Indie Excellence Awards, 2016
Top Book of 2015, Get a Grip, Baltimore Magazine, Dec 2015
Top Book of 2015, Get a Grip, Baltimore City Paper, Dec 2015
George Garrett Award for Get a Grip, a short story collection, Texas Review Press, 2015
Fellowship, Moulin a Nef Artist Colony in Auvillar France, August, 2014
Finalist for “Show of Force,” Crazyhorse Fiction Contest, spring 2013.
Maryland State Arts Council Grant in the amount of $1000, awarded on the basis of short story submission, spring 2013
Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, June 2-13, 2012
Fellowship, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Bulgaria, May 24-27, 2012
Baltimore Individual Artist Grant in the amount of $2000, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, 7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500, Baltimore, MD 21202. Grant awarded for a short story collection in progress, spring 2010.
First Prize, Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for Fiction, Snake Nation Press. Publication and $1000 awarded to a short story collection entitled Smoky Ordinary, 2008
First Prize, AE Coppard Prize for Fiction, International Long Fiction Contest, White Eagle Coffee Store Press. Publication and $500 awarded to a novella entitled Mad Dog, Summer 2007.
Teaching Fellowship, University of Cumbria, June 28, 2005. A certificate and £1000 pounds was awarded to honor excellence in teaching.
The Yemassee Award for best fiction of the August/September 2000 issue
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
“How to Craft an Irresistible Opening Page,” Maryland Writers Association, Baltimore, MD, Feb 23, 2017
“Writing Neighborhoods,” AWP Conference, Washington, DC Feb 2017.
“Women in Publishing,” Association of University Women, Northern Virginia Chapter, Springfield, VA, January 7, 2017
“Rural and Urban Landscapes in Short Fiction,” Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, Oct 14-16, 2016
“Crafting Opening Pages That Readers and Editors Can’t Resist” and “Writing Fiction Derived From Real Life Experiences,” Just Write Conference, Harford County Public Library, Jarrettsville, MD, Sept 25, 2016.
Featured author, Wakefield Chapel Book Club, Annandale, VA, June 2, 2016.
“Modern Fiction” panel, Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, MD, May 21, 2016.
“Baltimore Characters: Stories by Kathy Flann” Harford County Public Library, Jarrettsville, MD, April 10, 2016
Interview about Get a Grip on WAMD public radio, April 1, 2016.
“Crafting Change: Genderfluid Students in the Creative Writing Workshop,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 2016.
“We Have Your Interests at Heart: Teaching Memoir in the Era of Mandatory Reporting,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 30, 2016.
Gilman School Parents’ Book Club, Baltimore, MD, Jan 31, 2016. Members read Get a Grip, and invited me to appear for a reading and Q&A
Interview about Get a Grip on WYPR radio morning show with Tom Hall, Baltimore, MD, Jan 20, 2016.
“How to Craft an Opening Page that Editors (and Readers) Can’t Resist,” Baltimore Writers Conference, Towson University, Nov 14, 2015.
Fiction Writing Roundtable, Frostburg Indie Lit Festival, Frostburg, MD, Oct 24, 2015.
“Teaching and Writing Overseas,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Seattle, WA, Feb 26-March 2, 2014
“Getting That First Teaching Job,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Boston, MA, March 6-9, 2013
“A Reading by Faculty of Goucher College” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Washington, DC, Feb 2-5, 2011
“Separated by a Common Language: Teaching on Opposite Sides of the Pond” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Washington, DC, Feb 2-5, 2011
“Low Residency, High Resolution,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Denver, CO, April 7-11, 2010
“Qualifying for University Employment in Creative Writing” Associated Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Chicago, IL, February 11-14, 2009.
“How Shall I Compare Thee? Some Differences Between Post-Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Workshops” National Association of Writers in Education Annual Conference. November 15-17, 2008.
“FCUK: Why the F and What’s the Connection? A Look at M(F)A Programs on Both Sides of the Atlantic” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, New York, NY, January 31-Feb 2, 2008
“Whose Crisis? Dealing With Disturbed Students in the Creative Writing Classroom” National Association of Writers in Education annual conference, York, UK, November 16-18, 2007
“’This Won’t Hurt… Much’ Or How to Launch a Creative Writing Program in Ten Easy Steps” Great Writing Conference, University of Wales, Bangor, UK, June 30, 2007.
“The Whole Story: The Contemporary Short Story in Sequence,” (Co-presented with Lucy Collins), Conference on the Short Story, Edge Hill University College, Ormskirk, UK, May 13, 2006
“Me, My Critic, and I: The Role of the Self-Reflection in the Creative Writing Course” (Co-presented with Lucy Collins) National Association of Writers in Education Conference, Lancaster, UK, Nov 19, 2005
“Short Story Writer Kathy Flann in Conversation with Novelist Carol Birch,” Lancaster Litfest, Lancaster, UK, November 16, 2003
“The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker: Community Speakers in the Creative Writing Classroom,” Great Writing Conference, University of Wales, Bangor, UK, June 6-8, 2003
“The World’s Largest Writing Workshop,” Barnes & Noble Bookshop, October 14, 2000, Bloomington, IL
“Algonquin Books and The Greensboro Review Give Tips and Info. On Getting Published,” Barnes & Noble Bookshop, October 27, 1999, Winston-Salem, NC
"Making Stories Matter," National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Spring 1997, Charlotte, NC
"Bringing the Mountain to Mohammed: Poetry and Metaphor in the Classroom and Community," Virginia Association of Teachers of English, Fall 1994, Charlottesville, VA
Academic or Professional Associations
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
National Association of Writers in Education (U.K.)
Board Member, International Representative, National Association of Writers in Education, York, UK spring 2014-present
Vice Chair of the Board, National Association of Writers in Education, UK organization based in York, elected autumn 2004 for the term of one year, re-elected in 2005.
Other Professional or Scholarly Activity
Host, Atomic Books Fiction Reading Series, Baltimore, fall 2009-present.