This Week’s Reader: Matthew Brennan

Matthew Brennan is a writer, editor, translator, and blogger from the Pacific Northwest. His fiction has earned a variety of awards and fellowships, and more than sixty of his short stories and literary translations have appeared in journals such as SmokeLong Quarterly, Emerge Literary Journal, The Citron Review, The Los Angeles Review, Two Lines, and Superstition Review. He earned his MFA in fiction from Arizona State University. Online, Matthew can be found at or @MatthewBrennan7.
What Matthew is looking for:
What I’m looking for in flash is world-building and nuance. The best flash will do a little of both for me. Here are links to two of my stories that are examples of each: 
World-building: “The Fire Keeper” (page 23)
Nuance: “The Water Is Wide
A deal-breaker:
 A boring first sentence or an unearned twist or surprise ending.
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