Though I've published many stories and essays, I don't often get an opportunity to read my work for an audience. So I was very pleased when the folks at San Jose's Flash Fiction Forum included me in their January 11 lineup. When I asked one of the organizers why she had started the reading series, she mentioned that though poets have several reading opportunities in San Jose, fiction writers had fewer. I think that's true in general: unless you have a book that you are reading to support, it's harder to find outlets for reading fiction. I'm grateful that I was able to participate in this fun reading series.
I read my story "Circle, Circle," which was published in Monkeybicycle. It includes an HO railroad, and I had several people come up to me after I read to reminisce about model trains from their childhood. You never know how your work will connect with readers and what it will bring up for them. Reading in public gives you the opportunity to find out.
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Bayou, The Laurel Review, and Sou’wester.
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