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Matt Tompkins discusses “Why I Write” at Fiction Southeast

Conium Press author Matt Tompkins recently wrote a brief essay for Fiction Southeast‘s “Why I Write” column. He discusses an early love of books, and how books were always there for him as a child; Matt notes that “books never mocked, never judged, never shrugged, never slurred, always answered.” He goes on to discuss his later evolution from reader to writer, exploring creative text as “a way to process, reflect, and integrate my own experience.” Read the full essay here.

Matt is the author of Souvenirs and Other Stories and Studies in Hybrid Morphology. He works in a library and lives in upstate New York.

Leesa Cross-Smith has a new essay at SmokeLong

Leesa Cross-Smith headshot (683x1024)Leesa Cross-Smith (upcoming judge of our Flash Fiction Contest) has a new essay at SmokeLong Quarterly today! Leesa’s essay “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” is part of SmokeLong‘s ongoing “Why Flash Fiction?” series, wherein writers and editors explore their experiences writing and reading flash.

Leesa talks about a favorite flash from author Scott Garson, she recalls the process of writing her piece “Sometimes We Fight in Wars,” and she reflects on her editorial role at Whiskey Paper. Throughout this discourse, she muses about time (or lack thereof) and considers the accelerated narrative pacing of most flash fictions. Check out the full essay, “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” here.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and James R. Gapinski to read at Lit Crawl Seattle

The Lit Crawl Seattle 2015 schedule is live, and two of The Conium Review‘s editors will be reading at the event. The October 22nd Lit Crawl features free readings by over 65 authors at bars and pubs (naturally, there are bookstore, library, and other artsy venues too) throughout Seattle’s First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke reads at Vermillion (1508, 11th Ave.) as part of the sports-themed “Good Sports” reading from 7:00 to 7:45pm. This event’s other readers are Jay McAleer and Matt Kelsey.

James R. Gapinski reads at The Pine Box (1600 Melrose Ave.) as part of the video game-themed “Lit Level Up” reading from 8:00 to 8:45pm. Also reading are Darren Davis, Rachel Springer, and Frances Dinger.

The full Lit Crawl Seattle schedule is available here. We hope to see some Conium readers and writers out-and-about, so don’t be shy if you dig our journal (and if you hate us, you could still heckle one of the readings).

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