Spout Press Editors Blink Again with latest anthology of Flash Fiction

After the first anthology of sudden fiction, blink, sold out its first printing in 2002, Spout has long planned a sequel catering to the modern fiction lover's short attention span.

Blink Again is finally available-a second anthology of innovative sudden fiction by writers from the Upper Midwest.

In its most soulful incarnation, what actually transpires in the vastness of the northern plains? The forty-one short stories gathered for this collection, each less than 1,200 words, form a wide-ranging and occasionally confounding answer to this question. It's the middle of a long, hallucinatory winter on the northern plains, and you're writing a story. Anything can happen. Then it does.

Stories of loneliness, betrayal, ghosts, lost dogs, fantastic job applicants and men who want to light each other on fire. All agree that the emergence of sudden fiction onto the contemporary literary landscape has brought fiction and poetry a little closer together, and helped soften the boundaries of genre.

Inclusion in the anthology was open to writers from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. In these writers from the Upper Midwest, a place often derided for its stoicism and lack of culture, Spout Press found authors working at the edge of the unconscious, experimenting with literary form, and revealing great tenderness. Spout Press is reported to have cried often in the making of this book, and to not be stoic at all.

Blink Again is available at local bookstores like Micawber's Books and online at Spout Press (, Small Press Distribution and Amazon Books

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Kirsten Dierking Wins McKnight Artist Fellowship

We are thrilled to announce that Spout Press poet Kirsten Dierking (Northern Oracle, 2007), is the winner of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship. Kirsten was one of four poets selected by judge Marilyn Nelson among 125 applicants.

An award of $25,000 is presented to each of the winners. This provides writers with an opportunity to focus on their craft for the course of the fellowship year. More information on the winners can be found at The Loft website.

Read Kirsten's 2009 What Light Award winning poem “Half Asleep” at


A Change of policy at Spout Press

Please note that we at Spout are changing our reading period. Moving forward we will only accept submissions from September 1st through May 1st of each calendar year. It is hoped that this modified reading period will quicken our response time on submissions, as well as aid in the production of our journal. Thank you for understanding on this issue.

-Signed, an anonymous submissions reader holed up in the basement.

Emily Graves' Ballad of the Breathless

Emily Graves' Ballad of The Breathless -- a remarkable collection of poetry featuring the art of Jessica Dickinson -- is available for purchase. We at Spout feel honored that we were chosen to anthologize the 14 year collaboration of these two artists. This collection culls work from several self-published chap books, as well as over 20 never-before-published poems.

Emily Graves and artist Jessica Dickinson began collaborating on self- published chap books in 1994, soon after they had graduated from Minnesota's Perpich Center for Arts Education. Four books, In the Trunk of The Female, 1994; A Rare Occurrence in Which We Are Entirely Permeable, 1995; Learning The Art of Motion, 1996 and Thirsting for the Big Scrub, 1998, and, one screen printed hand bound edition (SILENCE: I Have Not Finished Beginning, 1997) were made in the span of their college and graduate studies. Their most recent book, Remember The Absurdity and The Monkeys of The Street, was created in 2000 after extensive travels while living together in Brooklyn, NY.

Emily Graves was born in New Ulm, MN in 1975. She has a B.A. from the Honors Program at the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. from New York University.

Graves has spent many of her adult years traveling and living outside of the country in such varied places as Central America, Europe, the U.K., Thailand and South America and these experiences have informed much of her later work. In addition to her collaboration with Dickinson, she has published poems, short shorts and short stories in several anthologies and literary magazines.

Ballad of The Breathless is available at local bookstores like Micawber's Books and online at Spout Press (, Small Press Distribution (, and also online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Powell's.

Read more about Emily Graves and Jessica Dickinson Here! Jessica Dickinson's Website is