This Week’s Reader: Stefanie Freele

Stefanie Freele’s newly released short story collection; Surrounded by Water (Press 53) includes the title story which won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her first collection, Feeding Strays (Lost Horse Press) was a finalist in the John Gardner Binghamton University Fiction Award and the Book of the Year Award. Stefanie’s published and forthcoming work can be found in magazines such as Witness, Sou’wester, Mid-American Review, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West, The Florida Review, American Literary Review, Night Train, Edge, and Pank. She was the SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellow in 2008.

What She Likes in Flash:

“I want to read unusual fiction that either breaks rules, teaches me something new, or makes me want to hug the story. A story that is common, full o’cliche, or uses the words: power, chalice and evil (stress on the “e” in evil), is likely going to turn me off.”

Three Favorite SmokeLong Stories:

The Teaching Assistant and the Math Professor by Shaindel Beers
Moat by Ravi Mangla
Potatoes by Spencer Wise

One of Stefanie’s Stories:

She Doesn’t Ask Where He Goes


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