Kathy Fish

Kathy Fish's flash fiction collection Wild Life is available now from Matter Press. Another collection of short fiction, Together We Can Bury It, is forthcoming later this year from Cow Heavy Books.

what are you reading now

This is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks and it's as great as everyone says it is.

classic you’ve been meaning to read

Ulysses by James Joyce (I've tried, many times)

last book you finished in a single sitting

We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry

if you could write yourself into any novel or short story

I'd love to write myself into Anne of Green Gables so I could see Prince Edward Island in the springtime.

most treasured book in your collection

Anna Karenina - I think I've read it four times now. Feels different every time. My copy is a paperback and it's kind of falling apart.

if you could subscribe to only one literary journal

I'm going to cheat a little and say Quick Fiction. I subscribed for years and have kept every issue. I was deeply sad to see it go. One of my current favorites is Ninth Letter.

best thing you’ve read online recently

"Three Apocalypses" by Lucy Corin in Wigleaf

most anticipated upcoming release

Books by friends who are amazing writers. Jeff Landon has two books coming out very soon, Emily Avenue from Fast Forward Press and Truck Dancing from Matter Press. Also, Myfanwy Collins's debut novel Echolocation is coming out early next year from Engine Books.

recommended reading list:

Weird Chicks

Once, a writer/editor I really like and respect responded to one of my stories by saying, "You're a weird chick, Fish." I loved that! I love weirdness in all its varied forms: dark, surreal, funny, edgy, odd. So the theme of my recommended reading list is "Weird Chicks." I have huge admiration and affection for the following books and their writers. I recommend them highly:

- Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray

- Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

- Tongue Party by Sarah Rose Etter

- Daddy's by Lindsay Hunter

- You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane

- Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers

- The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

- Honored Guest by Joy Williams


  1. Love the Wierd Chicks list! That's my kind of reading...

  2. Bad Behavior, yes.
    Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers. Yes yes yes. God yes.

    ...ever read Soft Maniacs by Maggie Estep? It's essential Weird Chick reading.

  3. No, but I am definitely putting Soft Maniacs on my list, thanks!

  4. Wierd chicks...Impossible not to love. You're making me think about women writers...Thanks.

  5. Thanks for reading, Avital. These are all fantastic books.

  6. Love the weird chicks and love Kathy Fish!