Joan Frank (www.joanfrank.org) is the author of six books of literary fiction and an essay collection about the writing life. Her latest novel, ALL THE NEWS I NEED, won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Joan's work has received many honors and awards, including the Richard Sullivan Prize for Short Fiction and two ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, one of them for BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO: A WRITING LIFE. She lives in Northern California.
"Joan Frank is a human insight machine. In All The News I Need, two old friends, bound together by economy, loneliness and desire, travel through France. What ensues is life itself, rendered with subtle ferocity on every page. Joan Frank writes prose like no one else’s – so psychically vivid it’s like walking around wearing other people’s minds."
— Carolyn Cooke, author of Amor and Psycho: Stories
Peg Alford Pursell (www.pegalfordpursell.com) is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, a collection of flash fiction, micro-fictions, and hybrid prose with praise from Peter Orner, Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, and others, and featured by Poets & Writers magazine’s second annual 5 over 50, November 2017. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press.
"Reading [Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow] is like walking through a snowfall of petals—and thorns. There is a light airy feeling to Peg Alford Pursell's delicately worded fragments that is seductive, at first, until you realize that each swirl contains small stabs of loss and pain and violence. A really beautiful, unique collection.
— Molly Giles, author of In All the Wrong Places and Iron Shoes