Just Desserts Flash Fiction

Miriam Kotzin

Associate Professor of English
Department of English & Philosophy

These 58 short-short stories by a recognized expert in flash fiction, Miriam N. Kotzin, demonstrate a narrative craft that captures the poignance-and humor-of the human condition.

"Haunting, powerful stories, succinct, taut and precise, funny and poignant snapshots of a lifetime by a gifted writer. Miriam Kotzin's tales vividly evoke childhood, peach season, sensual and thwarted love, cemeteries and noirish motels, pawn shops and smoky bars. You won't forget Just Desserts." --David Evanier

"The finely wrought stories of Miriam Kotzin's Just Desserts are short but not small. Ordinary objects like a corsage, a casserole or even two .38s in a drawer like birds in a nest in these scenes become quietly totemic, while people glimpsed and overheard become representative without losing particularity and dignity. Kotzin's precise and spare but vivid imagery circulates like electricity. It's amazing to witness how much narrative momentum and resistance can be summoned with such brevity, and after each story passes, its essence persists, like smoke after a fire. A good fire, a very good fire." -- R. T. Smith

"Just Desserts is a superior collection of flash fiction. Miriam Kotzin writes a condensed but expressive prose, which excels at not only offering the reader glimpses into the various (and fabulously diverse) characters but also at regularly achieving a spine-tingling effect. In the drum-taut Just Desserts less is certainly more. And then some." --Nathan Leslie

About Dr. Kotzin

Dr. Kotzin is the author of A History of Drexel University. She has more than 120 poems and 60 short stories in over 100 publications, including Southern Humanities Review, Carve Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, Small Spiral Notebook, and Three Candles. She is also a Contributing Editor for Boulevard. She received an Exemplary Teaching Award as well as three nominations for a Pushcart Prize for Poetry. One of her short stories was named a Notable Story, one of the best online short stories published during 2005, in the Million Writers Award. She is also the Founding Editor of Per Contra.

Dr. Kotzin teaches several courses in the English Program, including Creative Writing, Writing Poetry, Readings in Poetry, Readings in Drama, and Readings in Fiction. She also teaches in the Freshman Writing Program.

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