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RIFT [PDF / EPUB] RIFT A stunning collaboration from Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, two masters of flash fiction, who ve blended their work together in a vibrant explosion that is all of these things evocative, heart wrench A stunning collaboration from Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, two masters of flash fiction, who ve blended their work together in a vibrant explosion that is all of these things evocative, heart wrenching, rare in the wild The stories in RIFT explore the gamut of human connection and conflict, where emotions run deep beneath the surface Divided into four sections Fault, Breach, Tremor, and Cataclysm, writers Fish and Vaughan thread together their tales of strange encounters, mishaps, accidents, and disrepair The world of RIFT is riven, tumultuous, and haunting In here, danger lurks and the fallible human heart lay exposed and vulnerable Fish and Vaughan leave their readers spellbound, mystified, and eager for the next story.

  • Paperback
  • 212 pages
  • RIFT
  • Kathy Fish
  • English
  • 10 March 2017
  • 9780996352 Edition Language English URL

About the Author: Kathy Fish

Kathy Fish is a core faculty member for the Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver Additionally, she teaches two week intensive Fast Flash Workshops online Her fifth collection of flash fiction, Wild Life Collected Works from released in late from Matter Press Fish s Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild, which addresses the scourge of gun violence and mass shootings in America, has been widely read, studied, and shared It was chosen by Sheila Heti for Best American Nonrequired Reading and by Aimee Bender for Best Small Fictions The piece will also appear in a forthcoming edition of The Norton Reader Fish s flash fiction was also selected by Stuart Dybek for inclusion in Best Small Fictions and Amy Hempel for Best Small Fictions Two other stories were selected for the WW Norton anthology, New Micro Additionally, several of her stories have been selected for the Wigleaf Top She has also had stories chosen for the first short story vending machines in the US at Francis Ford Coppola s Zoetrope Cafe in San Francisco Kathy Fish s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup Provocative Women Writers Black Lawrence Press, , Richard Thomas ed , Choose Wisely Women Up to No Good Upperrubberboot Press, Slice, Guernica, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review online, Denver Quarterly, New South, Quick Fiction, and various other journals and anthologies She was the guest editor of Dzanc Books Best of the Web She is the author of four other collections of short fiction a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women Rose Metal Press, , Wild Life Matter Press, and Together We Can Bury It The Lit Pub and Rift, co authored with Robert Vaughan Unknown Press, She has been a fiction editor for Smokelong Quarterly and judged a number of flash fiction contests She has taught flash fiction to high school students at American University s Discover the World of Communication summer program.



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  1. says:

    Collaborations in literature are difficult on many levels With Rift, their new collection of flash stories, Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan both veterans and esteemed practitioners of the form make it look easy.The collection, now available now from Unknown Press, is made up of four sections of about nine to ten stories each from both Fish and Vaughan The sections are titled in keeping with the collection s main title and slowly building in scale Fault, Tremor, Breach, and Cataclysm with Collaborations in literature are difficult on many levels With Rift, their new collection of flash stories, Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan both veterans and esteemed practitioners of the form make it look easy.The collection, now available now from Unknown Press, is made up of four sections of about nine to ten stories each from both Fish and Vaughan The sections are titled in keeping with the collection s main title and slowly building in scale Fault, Tremor, Breach, and Cataclysm with a definition of each word prefacing the section The structure itself is fantastic, and sets the tone for what s to come.Fault A break in the continuity of a body of rock or of a vein, with dislocation along the plane of the fracture In this section, it s Fish s story Vocabulary that perhaps speaks most closely to the definition of a fault A short one paragraph glimpse into the heart of a woman s early fracture as she sleeps with a stranger, saying I was his paper Like much of Fish s work, this is achieved in a short space that seems perfect in snapshot, just enough withheld and just enough shared.In duet, Vaughan s stand out story in this section is She Wears Me Like A Coat Here, Vaughan does what he does best showing the reader the edges of a relationship to make us understand its core It sthan a clever, literary trick In Vaughan s hands, the technique becomes a perfect brushstroke This, not to mention the story s first sentence is a genius example for up and coming flash fiction writers everywhere The first time it was one of those cucumbers wrapped in plastic Read full review

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    My best friend is from the same small town I m from We grew up together but didn t decide we were best friends until after we didn t live there any She goes back homeoften than I do, but when I go, I go for longer stretches That town is a haunted place and we feel it, the sickness of it, all the time, and so as we get older About six years ago I lived at home for a five month period It was a bad time My best friend and I started writing stories back and forth to each other W My best friend is from the same small town I m from We grew up together but didn t decide we were best friends until after we didn t live there any She goes back homeoften than I do, but when I go, I go for longer stretches That town is a haunted place and we feel it, the sickness of it, all the time, and so as we get older About six years ago I lived at home for a five month period It was a bad time My best friend and I started writing stories back and forth to each other We still do We probably don t quite have two hundred pages But over a hundred, easily I wrote a page or so today.I ve been co editing an anthology series for three years I don t seek out the contributors, but I see the work when it comes in We had a story for our latest volume from Robert Vaughan and I thought it was quite good About six months into the process of putting together the book, I was going through those old hidden emails that Facebook decides you don t need to read, and I d gotten a note from Robert He d written to me because he d looked me up, and realized that his mother was from the same small town I m from As Robert put it, the world is infinitely small Robert sent me a copy of his latest book and I took a long time to pick it up Strange energy It s called RIFT and it s a collaboration in flash fictions I ve written mainly flash fictions for the past six years In RIFT, two authors are writing to one another Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish are playing a game one of them writes a short piece, and the other answers One small detail might repeat an incident in a store A lost lover, a parent s death I couldn t tell you exactly what the rules are the rules aren t laid out The book barely bothers to mention who has written what It doesn t care It does not want you to care It s not handing you the rules.Kathy s stories are visceral, condensed, with details cast into the periphery as she focuses on moments, senses, frozen pieces of time Every one feels true until you realize that s impossible.Robert s stories are architectural, roomy, often funny, and bizarre Every story feels like a saturated photograph, a choreographed series of specialized movements leading to the final sentence Kathy s condensed stories are longer Robert s roomy stories are shorter Between them they are switching modes on almost every page, riffing, watching one another, upping the ante I ll tell you something I am about thirty pages away from finishing RIFT but I had to stop what I was doing and clear my head Once upon a time, the only person I ve ever met who writes short stories as short as the stories I write wrote to me and he said, the world is infinitely small Synergy strange energy I could tell you the lines I ve circled but I d prefer it if my life, for once, started getting less weird instead of infinitely weirder

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    Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish light fire in this collection, Rift Fault Tremor Breach Cataclysmfour sections that structure this remarkable collaborative Each story is its own haunting that envelops and reveals an oppression, a weight that restrains, a hesitation, a sensitivity that unnerves yet strengthens, the small spaces we encapsulate when in survival mode and the universe we wrap our beings around to accommodate and surpass These characters see beyond the places they are situated i Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish light fire in this collection, Rift Fault Tremor Breach Cataclysmfour sections that structure this remarkable collaborative Each story is its own haunting that envelops and reveals an oppression, a weight that restrains, a hesitation, a sensitivity that unnerves yet strengthens, the small spaces we encapsulate when in survival mode and the universe we wrap our beings around to accommodate and surpass These characters see beyond the places they are situated in, occupy it, ascend it and take us with them.Here are some quotes that I pulled from these brilliant stories, but let me relay that every line is its own universe Without the hat, he looked like a toe As if there is no other way Like the death penalty or British authors I like cubicles with partitions so I can pick at my teeth, yawning when I ve been up the previous night until two in the morning watching re runs of The Twilight Zone Her leg kept jittering like a spring outburst of rain Kansas stinks I may have to puke all the way to Iowa hours elongated like taffy One afternoon in January, when all seems lost, a man coils himself up inside the braided rug in the foyer of his home Before you dressed in dressing, versed in verses, popular with Pop Tarts I am tethered to the planet by a fraying rope JUST JUST don t miss out on this powerful and mesmerizing collection Get a copy LOVE PS I readthan once This is a book of inspiration Should stay on your desk

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    Proud of this collaborative collection of flash fiction with the great Robert Vaughan Many thanks to Bud Smith at Unknown Press for his tireless efforts getting this book out into the world Also thanks to brilliant copy editors, Christopher Allen and Aaron Dietz Our beautiful cover photography is courtesy of Casey McSpadden Also many thanks to everyone who read, blurbed, reviewed, helped promote this book We are grateful beyond words.

  5. says:

    This is an amazing combination So many different emotions, such tight writing and surprising images I would have adored the flashed from either of these masters of the form alone, but together they re evenA veritable symphony swelling up from the component streams of flash, this is a stellar book Well worth reading and re reading.

  6. says:

    One of the best flash collections I ve read easily the best I ve read this year Fish and Vaughan are masters of the genre I highly recommend Rift if you re a fan of flash or poetry or are looking to learn how to write in this genre.

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    I m reading Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan s Rift, a collaboration between two short fiction writers at the height of their games I ve turned down the pages of the most compelling stories so far As you can see, I m taken with many of them, and I m not even three quarters of the way through Divided into four sections Fault, Tremor, Breach and Cataclysm each writer s stories speak to the titles in sometimes subtle, always surprising ways The always suave, sneaky funny Vaughan, writes with I m reading Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan s Rift, a collaboration between two short fiction writers at the height of their games I ve turned down the pages of the most compelling stories so far As you can see, I m taken with many of them, and I m not even three quarters of the way through Divided into four sections Fault, Tremor, Breach and Cataclysm each writer s stories speak to the titles in sometimes subtle, always surprising ways The always suave, sneaky funny Vaughan, writes with the twisted subtext never far from his tightly wound sentences The feeling of foreboding is strong in The Rooms We Rented, where the carefully observed heroine, in a dress with lines like the LA freeways, is an undelivered Christmas cactus in the searing desert From the Cataclysm section, Fish opens with He lived with a woman who sold balloons at the zoo Who wouldn t want to read to the end with a first line like that

  8. says:

    Been a fan of Kathy Fish s flash since I first heard of the term for the form, but I think this is the first I ve read of Robert Vaughn s work This is such a great complimentary pair of collections that in true flash quality got so muchthan the sum of the words through the echo of each other s voices They each have a unique style but A strong and cohesive harmony together too There is a poetic impact to all of this This is a strange connection but it reminded me of reading Morrison s Been a fan of Kathy Fish s flash since I first heard of the term for the form, but I think this is the first I ve read of Robert Vaughn s work This is such a great complimentary pair of collections that in true flash quality got so muchthan the sum of the words through the echo of each other s voices They each have a unique style but A strong and cohesive harmony together too There is a poetic impact to all of this This is a strange connection but it reminded me of reading Morrison s poetry books when I was in college

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    Have you ever signed up for a book subscription It is like the old Book of the Month Club but in modern form You enroll and agree to pay for and receive a book each month There are many of these, some from small presses, some from outlets like the New York Review of Books You agree to take what you get It is like Christmas or your birthday once a month As I have mentioned before, I have been enrolled in the Nervous Breakdown Book Club since 2015 I haven t loved every book I ve received b Have you ever signed up for a book subscription It is like the old Book of the Month Club but in modern form You enroll and agree to pay for and receive a book each month There are many of these, some from small presses, some from outlets like the New York Review of Books You agree to take what you get It is like Christmas or your birthday once a month As I have mentioned before, I have been enrolled in the Nervous Breakdown Book Club since 2015 I haven t loved every book I ve received but I have been introduced to many gems I might otherwise not have found on my own or might have passed over Sometimes I get a brand new hardcover by an author I love for only 9.99, the monthly fee.However, like other books I buy, I don t always get around to reading them In fact, out of the 43 books I ve received over the years, I have 21 sitting on a special shelf waiting to be read I feel guilty RIFT was the December, 2015 selection and the remaining unread 2015 book In a rather OCD moment, I opened it to read As you may also remember, I am not a fan of short stories RIFT is a collection of stories by two different authors Not only are these stories short, they are super short and fall into a sub genre of short stories known as flash fiction Some are only a page long, none arethan six pages OK, I thought, I ll read a couple a day How long can that take Over the weeks a wondrous phenomenon occurred.My problem with short stories is they are too short I like to settle in to a story and stay for a while I think nothing of reading novels that are 800 to 1000 pages long As I read these well crafted though sometimes quirky pieces, I was impressed by how well most of them created in my mind a complete picture of character, place, and even of time having passed.I have been terribly blocked on my own writing project for a few years I lost my momentum and have not been able to get it going again The best I have been able to do is once in a while write a short scene or collection of memories about an incident.Reading these flashes of writing by Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan, I realized that I have been doing something similar with my project I checked on the chapter I d been struggling over for so long and saw that almost all the pieces are there I have not been writing flash fiction but I have been writing flash autobiography I am now well into putting that chapter together Some of the bits I wrote are in the wrong place and will go into other chapters, but the writing that I thought was just me being lame, or worse, lazy was in fact the way I dealt with my writer s block.If you are still reading I thank you and apologize for going on so long you may be a writer yourself You may have had a similar problem I exhort you now to just keep reading books and keep jotting down something at least now and then You too can break through.Most of all, I thank Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan and Bud Smith the publisher of Unknown Press and Brad Listi, who runs the Nervous Breakdown Book Club, and whatever goddess watches over me, for bringing me just what I needed

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    Having just finished Kathy s flash fiction workshop, I was really keen to read Rift and I recognised some of the techniques she d taught us, and it made me think aah, so this is how it s done I felt almost as if I were at a photography exhibition as the stories seemed like snapshots of time I loved the clever juxtaposition of the pieces so that you were never quite sure who was the author Those that stood out for me were A room with many small beds, Vocabulary, birth of the giant sand bab Having just finished Kathy s flash fiction workshop, I was really keen to read Rift and I recognised some of the techniques she d taught us, and it made me think aah, so this is how it s done I felt almost as if I were at a photography exhibition as the stories seemed like snapshots of time I loved the clever juxtaposition of the pieces so that you were never quite sure who was the author Those that stood out for me were A room with many small beds, Vocabulary, birth of the giant sand babe life after love, but really they were all exceptional I m sure I ll get evenout of Rift on a second reading

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