An Tran’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Southern Humanities Review, Gargoyle Magazine, the Carolina Quarterly, the Good Men Project, and Eclectica Magazine, among others, and has received a “Notable” distinction from the Best American series. He is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Arlington, VA.
One of An’s stories:
And a flash he really enjoys:
“The Boy Was the One with the Territory Issues” by Matthew Salesses
Some thoughts on flash fiction:
I think the magic of flash fiction is the ability to say, in very few lines, something large, expansive, universal. By the end of a piece, each sentence comes alive in a new way like cells in mitosis, a multitude of meanings splitting from single strings of sound. The narrative momentum is found in the spaces adjacent to the words themselves; the story itself is stillness. A flat piece of flash fiction might move within the text, but has neglected the form’s power to manipulate space and time around it.