Get a Grip
The stories in Get a Grip depict a range of imagined lives. There are Estonian brothers trekking from their blighted neighborhood to a college interview. There’s a TV meteorite hunter in town to search for otherworldly treasure. We meet a widow addicted to physical pain and a successful ad executive who loses all his worldly possessions in one day. All of the characters work out their struggles in the Baltimore region, channeling, in turns, the area’s charm, its despair, its humor, its self-doubt, its compassion. Get a Grip is a book about who we are when the cameras are off and the phone has died.
Winner of the 2014 George Garrett Fiction Prize
Named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine
Named one of the Best Baltimore Books of 2015 by the Baltimore City Paper
Winner of National Indie Excellence Award for Best Short Story
Winner of 2016 International Book Award for Fiction: Short Story
Winner of 2016 Best Books Awards for Fiction: Short Story
Short Story- Fiction Finalist- Indie Book Awards 2016
Please welcome Kathy Flann, whose keen eye, quick pencil, and tremendous heart have reached practically everybody in the invented but wholly believable community of Smoky Ordinary, from small to great, the up-and-comers to the down-and-outers, from the woman caring for her dying husband to the man that howls like a dog, from a jaded former United States President to the bird smashed on the grill of his limo. This collection marks the beginning of an original and memorable career.
--Madison Smartt Bell
This innovative collection of poetry and creative nonfiction essays tackles the theme of zombies, in general, and The Walking Dead, in particular. The works in this anthology explore the zombie phenomenon as a compelling metaphor for our historical era and contemporary lifestyles.
Features "How to Survive a Human Attack: A Zombie’s Guide to Filling the Emptiness and Moving Forward"
STORIES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Neuropathy, Carve Magazine
On The Charlie Applebaum Stage, The Adirondack Review
El Corazón, The Barcelona Review
A Show of Force, Blackbird
An Airtight Box, Del Sol Review
Somebody for Everybody, The North American Review/Redux
ESSAYS AVAILABLE ONLINE
The How to Survive a Human Attack series
"How to Survive a Human Attack: Swamp Monster Makeovers" from Defenestration
"How to Survive a Human Attack: A Mummy's Decree (Papyrus Edition)" from Monkey Bicycle
Contributions to Baltimore Fishbowl
Contributions to Baltimore Style Magazine
Contributions to Stay Thirsty Magazine