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    

     Collection 2016

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

Smoky Ordinary


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


WRITE ON: Critical Tips for Aspiring Authors
Does your story refuse to begin, refuse to end, or refuse to fulfill its potential? Write On provides guidance for rethinking your approach to writing fiction and nonfiction. With decades of experience teaching at the college level and at over 35 writing conferences, award-winning author Kathy Flann provides illuminating insights and suggestions that every new writer needs, with topics like: Characters Reign Supreme; The Ticking Clock; Suspense vs. Confusion; Moments That Communicate Real Emotion; The Craft of Dialogue; Betraying the Reader; Importance of Voice in Memoir; and, Should Writers Teach.
Perfect for those seeking to become successful, published authors.


Dead Inside: Poems & Essays on Zombies


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"



Neuropathy, Carve Magazine


Homecoming, Blackbird


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












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