This Week’s Reader: Peter Kispert


Peter Kispert’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Tin House(online), Slice Magazine, Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art, The Baltimore Review, and other journals. He is an editorial assistant with Electric Literature. 

For more, or follow him on Twitter, @PeterKispert. He will read stories submitted toSmokeLong March 17-23.

One of his stories:

Animal Control”

A flash he really likes:

Pierce to Vent” by Karen Dietrich


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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