“How I Learned to Read” won second prize in Flash Fiction Magazine‘s contest and was featured in the magazine and on Story Time Live on Zoom on November 6, 2021 at 2 pm (EST).

“Layover,” published in Gone Lawn, No. 41, nominated for Best of the Net, 2021

“Mother-Daughter,” published in Monkeybicycle, nominated for Best Microfiction 2022

Best Microfiction 2021
WINNER of the Bronze Medal for a book series in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Pelekinisis Press, 248 pages
Series Editor: Meg Pokrass; Editor: Gary Finke
Guest Editor: Amber Sparks

Best Microfiction 2021

“In only a few years, Best Microfiction has established itself as one of the most exciting anthologies of new fiction. If short stories are airplanes, the tiny miracles in this collection are hummingbirds.” –James Tate Hill, author of Blind Man’s Bluff

“Amber Sparks’ introduction is a gauntlet thrown down as she cites inspiration and bravery as the defining attributes of the brilliant stories in Best Microfictions 2021. The pulse of these microfictions is operating at the speed of light, the fever a white heat of sound.” –Pamela Painter, author of Fabrications

Purchase a copy at Pelekinesis Press.

Best Microfiction 2020
Pelekinisis Press, 219 pages
Series Editor: Meg Pokrass; Editor: Gary Finke
Guest Editor: Michael Martone

The Best Microfiction anthology series provides recognition for outstanding literary stories of 400 words or fewer.

“One crucial thing that was missing in the world until recently? A single place to celebrate all of the wondrous and wonderful bigness of the tiniest of stories. Much gratitude for Best Microfiction.” –Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month

“Short, sharp, funny, and sometimes dark. Penguins, too. The microfictions in Best Microfiction 2020 are compressed works of wondrous delight.” –Marcy Dermansky, author of Very Nice

Purchase a copy at Pelekinesis Press.

Girls on Film
Paper Nautilus Press, 33 pages
2015 Vella Chapbook Award Winner

Girls on Film chapbook cover“Girls on Film is a flash fiction collection delving into our obsession with celebrity and image. Limiting herself to under one-thousand words per story, author Kathryn Kulpa produces a rich hybrid of short story and poetry, abundant with imagery and dense in lyricism.”
South Coast Almanac

“With wit, pathos, and fresh insight, Kulpa captures the essence of American young-womanhood in eight loosely connected flash portraits. Each story is a small world, lean as a haiku and powerful as a novel.”
–Karen Rile, founding editor, Cleaver Magazine

Read more at the publisher’s site.
Purchase a signed copy on Etsy.

Pleasant Drugs: Stories
Mid-List Press, 219 Pages

Pleasant Drugs by Kathryn Kulpa

“[Kathryn Kulpa] has crafted the 15 stories of her debut collection with an archivist’s keen eye and a native New Englander’s emotional thrift.” –Publishers Weekly

Pleasant Drugs will not numb your senses; rather, it will sharpen and refine them, each potent story honing in on that slice of life between grief and joy.“–Ami Zensius, Mills Quarterly

“The author has many kinds of stories to tell, but all are character-driven and as finely cut as gemstones. An exemplar of the short story.”–Kliatt

Purchase a copy at Amazon.

“Three Pictures of My Father That Survived the Great Divorce Purge of 1977”
The Lascaux Review, Volume 7
Lascaux Press, 2020

Lascaux Review, Vol. 7
“He moved with a kind of feline grace, not so much tiger as alley cat, forever on the prowl. Even his eyes were like a cat’s, green in some lights, brown in others, almost yellow if you caught him in headlights, in flashlight, in a camera’s flash in the hands of a private detective as he left a motel room with some other man’s wife.”

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Monkeybicycle, June 11, 2021


“She was pretty once, I tell him. I look at the side table, the picture of us in matching daisy dresses she sewed herself. I was five then. I didn’t know why she locked herself in every full moon. Didn’t know why people crossed themselves when they passed our house.”

Read more at Monkeybicycle.


“Knock,” Women’s Studies Quarterly
Vol. 48, Nos. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2020

Women's Studies Quarterly

“I think of him in black and white. In a postwar world still clearing away its rubble, not quite ready to step into glorious Technicolor. I think of him knockingly, if knockingly is the word I want. … His sharp, questing chin. His foot in your door. All he needs is a moment of your time. All he needs is a chance.”

Purchase a copy through The Feminist Press
ISBN: 9781936932924
Publication Date: 05-12-2020