About Kathryn

Kathryn Kulpa is a winner of the Vella Chapbook Contest for her flash fiction collection Girls on Film (Paper Nautilus). She is also the author of a short story collection, Pleasant Drugs (Mid-List Press) and a microfiction chapbook, Who's the Skirt? (Origami Poems Project). As a two-legged being, she is in the minority in her household.

“Jolene” Meets Mr. Bear!

I’m happy to be featured a second time on Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon, a unique and wondrous podcast of flash fiction, poetry, and music. My story “Jolene, Jolene” is in the mix, along with other stories about girls named … Continue reading


Girls on the Edge

It’s been a year of stories about journeys and disappearances, magic and mysteries, the monstrous and the beautiful. I finished out the year with two new stories about girls on the verge of adulthood, girls standing on the edge between … Continue reading

The Uncool Kids’ Table

It’s been a tough week for me as a writer: seeing the nominations for Pushcarts and Best Small Fictions make the rounds on social media, reading the lists of winners and finalists, and knowing that this year, too, I’ve been … Continue reading

“How to Find Your Way to Black Bread Lake”–Two Ways

My story “How to Find Your Way to Black Bread Lake” was published in the always-wonderful and strange Jellyfish Review last week, and then I learned last night that it was featured on the podcast Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon/The … Continue reading

Month of Stories – Part 1

I’ve always loved fall and the sense of renewed energy and creativity it brings. This October, I have several new stories coming out in different journals. “Breach” made its debut in 3Elements Literary Review. The story grew out of a … Continue reading

Visiting Wheaton

I was happy to be invited to teach two flash fiction workshops at Wheaton College this past week as part of the Evelyn Danzig Haas Visiting Artists Program. Despite a little interference from Hurricane Jose, it was a peaceful drive … Continue reading

Approaching Totality

As I write this, I’m waiting for the solar eclipse and thinking about flash fiction. Because I don’t live in the path of totality, the sun won’t be completely blotted out today, but it will be partially covered. Not fully … Continue reading

Stories & Workshops & Conferences, Oh My!

Lots of writing news lately–so much that I’ve been too busy to post it. But now that I can peek my head out from under the pile of work… First, and most exciting: I’ve been invited to be a visiting … Continue reading

The Call of the Changeling

I’m honored to have been chosen as one of two winners of Bracken Magazine’s flash fiction contest. My story, “Path of Stones,” was the finalist and is published in the current issue of Bracken. The story is part of the … Continue reading

New Flash at R.KV.R.Y. Quarterly

My flash prose piece “Shelby County Courthouse” is published in the “Shorts on Survival” section of the July issue of R.KV.R.Y.  Quarterly Literary Journal. The story was inspired by a poetry exercise that a friend from my writing group shared … Continue reading