This Week’s Reader: Peter Kispert

Headshot_PeterPeter is the author of “Clearwater,” which will be included in our upcoming anthology, SmokeLong Quarterly: The Best of the First Ten Years.


Peter Kispert’s writing has appeared in Colorado Review, Slice Magazine, The Baltimore Review, South Dakota Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other journals. He works with Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading and literary agent Erin Harris and has written content for Narrative Magazine. This fall he will be a fiction fellow in Indiana University’s MFA program.

One of his stories:

“Off Trajectory”

A flash he really likes:

“The Things Which Blind Us” by Jac Jemc


While I have no hard and fast “dealbreakers” in short-short form–or in any writing, really–I will say I find myself bridling against the use of creatively-broken or -fractured narratives. I’m a proponent of innovative writing but try to be wary of cheap or seemingly “easy” approaches to this innovation. I’m drawn to honest, lyrically-written, accessible literary fiction with a keen sense of character, conflict, and place.

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