Mall Flower, my first book of poems and flash fiction was published by Big Table Publishing in late 2015. My stories have appeared in Drunken Boat; Elimae; the Boston Literary Magazine; Ramshackle Review; Tiny Lights; Short, Fast and Deadly; 5 X 5; PicFic; Thunderclap Press; Six Sentences; 50 to 1; Fractured West; The Linnet's Wings; Berg Gasse 19; 52/250 A Year of Flash; The Prose-Poem Project; Exposure, an anthology of Microfiction from Cinnamon Press (2010); Rufous City Review; Breadcrumb Scabs; Right Hand Pointing; Pear Noir!; Downtown Brooklyn, THIS Magazine; Linnet's Wings; The Red River Review; Naugatuck River Review; Yes, Poetry; StepAway Magazine; Rose Red Review; Lost In Thought Magazine; Inch Magazine; The Orange Room Review; The Lascaux Review; The Light Ekphrastic; One Sentence; Camroc Press Review; The NewerYork; MadHat Lit; Flash Frontier; A Quiet Courage; Rocky Mountain Revival audio art journal; Olentangy Review; Blue Fifth Notebook and River River Literary Journal, Tweetspeak Poetry, the anthology Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women (Kasva Press, 2016), Peacock Journal and upcoming in Red Sky, Violence Against Women anthology (Sable Books) and the Bacopa Literary Review. Several of my flash fiction pieces have been nominated for the Best of the Web award. "Meet Your Uncles" won a "3Cheers" award on Picfic/Wordpress for Spring 2010. Two flash fiction pieces, "Table Talk" and "What's All This?"were nominated for the Pushcart Prize for 2016. I have a Q & A about Mall Flower at the Huffington Post blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/loren-kleinman/blossoming-mall-flower-an_b_9065166.html, and at Jenknox. blogspot.com. My story "Going South" is one of 45 pieces chosen by Stuart Dybek for the Best Small Fictions 2016. I've been a featured reader at the Vica Miller Salon (2x), LaMama's Poetry Electric, and the Poetry Motel in Albany, NY. I'm a 2014 graduate of the creative writing M.F.A. program at Long Island University, in Brooklyn. My website is: TinaBarryWriter.com.
Seeing great visual art inspires me. Hearing a conversation, especially one where there's a lot unsaid, sparks ideas. I had the good fortune to work as a restaurant critic for a newspaper for several years, so being around chefs, talking to them about food, and eating a meal that hits all the right marks: flavor, texture, color, makes me happy and being happy makes me want to write. Being sad makes me want to write, too, but that has nothing to do with food.
As soon as I make this list I'll realize that I've forgotten a bunch of authors, but here goes: Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Jo Ann Beard, Phillip Roth, Somerset Maugham, and I still think E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is the best book about loyalty and friendship ever written. J.M. Coetzee, Tobias Wolff, Mona Simpson, Richard Ford, Richard Russo, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Strout, Susan Minot, Meg Wolitzer, Colm Toibin, Margaret Drabble, Paul Harding, Jessica Hagedorn, Lewis Warsh, John High, Loren Groff, William Carlos Williams, Jean Valentine, Sharon Olds, Elizabeth Willis,Matthew Dickman, Michael Collier, and so many others.
Thanks, Tina, for the kind response to "consolations." Glad you liked it.
Thanks, Tina, for the kind words about "Blinding Light." It's always nice to get a favorable word from someone whose work I admire as much as I do yours.
Thanks so much for your warm welcome! And for reading/commenting/faving "Leaves".
Thanks so much, Tina, for the comments on "Kohala ..." Glad to hear it came across to you.
Thank you, Tina, for reading A Chance of Rain. I look forward to reading your work!
Thanks for the note on my little Wall love story, Tina. Glad you enjoyed the humor! Appreciate the read, always.
Tina, thank you so much for reading "bird," and for your kind comments. I am new to this community, but finding it wonderful and rich. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your work! Thank you!
Hi and thanks for the note.
Always a pleasure to stop by for a read!
Thanks for the "hi" Tina. I'm a big fan of yours.
Thanks, Tina, for liking "June, Texas, 1993" and for your funny, sad, true comment on "Self-Portrait." Happy birthday!
Thanks for the sweet comment on my piece, 1976, much appreciated!
i'm so hectic lately, i just haven't had time. i hope it's going good. big luv xxx
Dearest Tina, your recent comments on "What Some Boys Do" were so generous. I am grateful.
Thanks for the great comment on "Agra Road," Tina. Appreciate the fave too!
Thanks, Tina. Appreciate your lovely comment on and fave of "Bees in the Eaves."
Love your piece in elimae!
Thanks so much for faving "A Good Man Deserves a Good Woman," and welcome back!
Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on my Boogie Man story. Means much. Best, HM
Hi. I've actually been here a while, but haven't been on a lot. I look forward to being more active. Good to meet you.
Tina, what a pleasure it is to finally put the person to the "communication!" I loved your poem, and yes...let's have coffee or a meal next time. We have much to share and it was way too little time!
Tina, that's so kind of you! It's not yet distributed in the US, will be soon - more information about where to get paperback and ebook here: http://www.taniahershman.com/mymotherbookwheretobuy.htm
Lovely to meet you last night, I really enjoyed your reading!
Thank you for your comment on The Cull me Cuddle me of the Call-me-to-you and the Terrifying smell of Downstairs xx
Thank you for your comments about "The Game." I appreciate them very much!
Thanks for faving "Eleutheria," Tina!
In case you didn't see my public thank you for your suggestions, Tina...thank you!
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Magritte," Tina!
Oh, to be young and imaginative again!
Tina - thanks so much for faving and your comments on "Cloudy..." Appreciate.
Thanks so much for the fav & even more so for the spot-on comment for "Europe, 1960." The incident you mention was an eerie capture. As were the sightings of vacant lots in Amsterdam.
Thanks for faving "Before the Door," Tina!
You scared me, Tina! I thought Halloween was yesterday. Appreciate the response and the star. Thanks!
Hi, Tina! Thank you for commenting on my story "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away." :)
Thanks, Tina. I'm glad you voted with the majority re: the ending of "Hot Dish:!
Hi Tina: The last image in "It is what it is" is one I will never erase from my mind. Thank you for reading.
Thank you for reading and for your kind comments - they're much appreciated.
Thanks for faving "The Empty Bed," Tina! "Nightmare fairytale" is a great way to describe it. Glad the poem worked for you.
Thanks for dropping by to read and like "Play," Tina. I'm enjoying your work as well.
Thanks for reading and favoring "We Put a Smile Back on Your Face," Tina. ~ And, regarding Maine: I lived for nearly a decade in Cambridge, and would escape to Maine whenever possible...beautiful country.
"A New Tattoo" might be my new favorite Flash ever. Thank you for sharing. and to answer your question... I joined Fictionaut last month. I'm really enjoying being a member.
Thanks for the comment on "of Two Wild Smiles and a Statue"
I look forward to reading more of your work.
Tina, great job on "Don't Grieve for Fish".
Aw, Tina, it's just fiction. Thanks for giving "Zoo Story" a good grade.
Tina, The viewpoint is tricky in "The Bicycle." Maybe you're right. Or does the fact that the final words are a character's, not a narrator's, make a difference? I can't make up my mind. Anyway, thanks for chiming in. I appreciate it.
Hi Tina: Thank you for your comments and empathy regarding my poem "The Rest Home." Be strong--when a loved one is in the throes of dementia it seems to drag on forever, but in reality the minutes together don't last long enough.
Kind of you to read and comment on "Four Noble Lies." Yeah, that last line! Thanks for the fave, Tina!
Thanks so much for commenting on and faving "Black Ice," Tina. So kind of you.
Thanks for your recent comments, Tina, on my 3 Short Shorts. I always love to hear from you and appreciate your humorous outlook and support.
Tina, thanks for reading Sleepless #3 and leaving a comment, I appreciate it.
Truth is stranger than fiction, Tina. Yes, indeed; the lady did indeed run off (& I think marry) a bullfighter from the USA. Thanks for your delightful comment and star for "Snapshots."
Tina, so thankful for you reading and commentng on "She Danced Like Fred Astaire." Nice meeting you!
Thanks, Tina. Marc Chagall must be spinning in his grave!
Tina, delighted you wanted more of "The complete, unabridged contents of an abandoned diary found in Memphis." I'll try to oblige.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Addictions." I really appreciate it!
Tina, Thank you so much for your generous comments on my story "Itch." So glad you read and liked! I look forward to reading more of your work!!!
Thank you, Tina, for the lovely comment on "Son of Goya." Very pleased you like it.
TIna, thanks for your recent comments and fave of "Watching Them." I am a better writer having known you.
Tina, thanks for reading "Rowdy," and for the interesting suggestion. I'll test drive that and a couple variations on it. Yah, maybe what bugs me about the ending is that i'm giving in to my usual desire to say what i mean, say it again, and then, in the last line, slap you in the face with it. : D
Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on Ambiguity. Glad you enjoyed!
Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on my latest. I'm flattered that you made it a favorite.
Thanks for your supportive comments on all of my work recently. I am so grateful that we are writing pals.
Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on Snowdick, much appreciated. Catching up on your work here; I Like It and New Tattoo are my favorites so far. Good stuff!
Thanks, Tina, for your kind comment on and fave of "Staring at Waves." I really appreciate it!
Thanks for your comment about the voice in Descanso. That child's voice is, for whatever reason, one that I hear clearly.
Thanks for faving "Sermon of Lilac," Tina. I'm very pleased you liked it so much.
Hi, Tina! Thanks so much for reading and responding to "Headlines."
Tina, thanks for expressing your sweet sentiments about 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. I really appreciate it.
Tina, thank you for your good-humored and generous comment about "Carver Country." And thank you for the star!
Tina, thanks for the fave and the comments on both "Foreplay" and "A heart that is not broken..." Makes me think maybe I'm doing something right.
Thank you, Tina, for the comment and the fave on "Foreplay."
Tina, Thank you so much for the comment and fav for "Madness." I got a kind of mean-spirited enjoyment & satisfaction out of writing it.
Thanks you for the fave of "George," Tina. Very kind of you. Excellent comment.
gosh, tina, thank you for the kind comment!
Thank you, Tina, for commenting on and faving, "Mussel Memory." I really appreciate your reading it.
Tina, thank you very much for the fave of "The Proud Accounting." Glad you liked it!
Tina, thanks for your comment about "The Party." Wow! TWO greats!
Tina, thanks so much for your read, comment and fave on Anything Again. Much appreciated!
Tina, thank you so much for your beautiful words about Sisters At The Lake. And for the fave. I am so pleased that opening the story up resonated for you. I think, perhaps, I may keep going with it! Your generous comments made my day.
Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on Godfrey! Much appreciated.
Tina, thank you for your wonderful comment on my latest cat story. You made my day!
Thanks, Tina! Glad you liked "Bone Density."
Oh, and I look forward to reading your work!
Thank you for your lovely words about In The Lake. Very appreciated. I have actually gone further with the story and it's fascinating where the sisters have taken me, and all that is starting to be revealed about what is going on at the lake that summer!
thank you for comments on 8 Years Later. And totally agree on White's "Charlotte's Web" ...won't ever forget the experience of reading that to my daughter, the ending...i kept having to pretend i was coughing to get through it :)
Thanks, Tina, for your wonderful comment about "Violet Rivers."
Tina, thanks so very much for your kind feedback! I really appreciate it!
My pleasure, Tina, I’m glad I came across it today. I hope to read more of your work very soon. Yes, I’m still kind of new around here so I’m trying to catch up on all the great stuff I’ve missed. :)
Tina, thanks for your kind note on Crystal. yeah, Brooklyn.
Wow! Thanks for you awesome comment on "Magritte"!
Hi Tina, I hope you are having a great week. Any new pieces of yours floating around in the cyber world? I would love to read them if so. Have a great weekend!
Thank you for reading and commenting on TWO FOR THE ROAD; I appreciate it. I've never posted like this, but apparently, it's the way it's done on Fictionaught. I usually just recip -- this seems like Advertisements For Myself.
Thanks for the welcome...nice to see some faces that I recognize here.
Tina. Thanks for the comments on Eli. They made my day a little brighter. Eli says hello too. As much as he's a dog, he's a state of mind.
Tina, thank you! I shall watch for you at the Y.
Thanks Tina :-)
Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on the MILF piece!
Tina, thanks for the good review of "Estranged."
Thank you for reading "Eddie Says" and for your kind words!
Hi Tina. Thanks for reading and commenting on Invisible Grime - I'm happy you liked it.
Thanks, Tina. Very encouraging words. You can add me to the list of your many fans!
The online issue will go online at the same time, though it will only feature a few of the stories in the print version. And thanks for the congrats! I have been harassing the inboxes of many editors lately.
Hi Tina! The first issue is due out in May: we thought it better to wait until the sun was shining, as perhaps people will be more in the mood for buying fiction.
Thanks Tina. So nice to know someone else thinks this is funny. Please check my website for past and future installments.
Tina, thank you for your kind words on "Sanctuary" - hope all is now well with you post-email debacle!
Thanks for the comments on "A Letter to the Girl I May or May Not Have Slept With Last Night."
Hi Tina--very cool!
Tina - thank you for your insightful words about "Them". I believe you said it exactly. This helps me greatly. I'm often too close to a piece to understand my own process, but you just pinpointed it. You are a wonderful reader.
Hi Tina, thanks so much for faving my elimae pieces and for the generous, insightful comments. I look forward to more of your posts on here. That BLM issue with "Velvet" was great. I also loved Sheldon Compton's "Pitch Meeting," among others. I really like BLM.