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A stunning collaboration from Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, two masters of flash fiction, who’ve blended their work together in a vibrant explosion that is all of these things:  evocative, heart wrenching, rare in the wild. The stories in RIFT explore the gamut of human connection and conflict, where emotions run deep beneath the surface. Divided into four sections: Fault, Breach, Tremor, and Cataclysm, writers Fish and Vaughan thread together their tales of strange encounters, mishaps, accidents, and disrepair. The world of RIFT is riven, tumultuous, and haunting. In here, danger lurks and the fallible human heart lay exposed and vulnerable. Fish and Vaughan leave their readers spellbound, mystified, and eager for the next story.



“Rift made me laugh my face off, cry my guts out, and remember why writing matters:  stories save us from our idiotic but lovable selves.”- Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children

“These stories made me not sit still. They turned me around and turned me around.”
xTx,  author of Today I am a Book (CCM, 2015)

“The stories in RIFT are peculiar and exciting and riveting and mournful and veer into places I hadn’t noticed in my peripheral vision. You know, like life.”  Daniel Handler, author of We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury, 2015)

“These stories by Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan are rich, textured, and physical – they smart with tension and possibility.  RIFT is peppered with appealing, complex characters and atmospheric details.”
Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women (Scribner, 2015)

“Each vivid piece in Rift, this sharp collection, clutches the reader suddenly — needing to offer its secret with the urgent elegance of the very best short short fiction.” – Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies (Penguin, 2007)

“You can shave with the razor-like fictions in this collection from Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan. These stories are as sharp as they cut deep, very like the people featured here, who come up and square off against each other in these dangerous, domestic arenas.” – Robert Lopez, author of Kamby Bolongo Mean River (Dzanc Books,  2009)

“When Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, both masters of the form, combine forces, the end result is nothing short of breathtaking.” – Michael J. Seidlinger, author of The Strangest (OR Books, 2015)

“Reading Fish’s and Vaughan’s electric collection is like listening to two seasoned singers trading songs in a tunnel: their voices echo, resonate, and harmonize in impossible octaves. Rift is a book of sublime melodies that sustain and remain.” – Ryan Ridge, author of American Homes (University of Michigan Press, 2015)
“I have been a devoted reader of Kathy Fish’s stories for years. Countless times, I have turned to her work for instruction and comfort. And if possible, this collaboration with Robert Vaughan, Rift, has strengthened my devotion. The stories here are full of precision and heartbreak. This book is an accomplishment, elegant and sparse, and richly imagined, and I loved it.” Jensen Beach, author of Swallowed by the Cold (forthcoming from Graywolf Press)
“Vaughan and Fish are twin aficionados of flash. Side by side, in RIFT, they captain language catching great tunas (of memory), so this book sails as fleet. Vaughan as name means “little” (he’s BIG) and Fish can be “tuna” (prize fish)! The Little Tuna are a specie that rush and dart, reaching speeds of 47 miles an hour (fact)! These flashes are far faster, sleeker, and sharper than that–physical enough to hold gasping in hand.” – Luke Goebel, author of Fourteen Stories and None of Them Are Yours (Fiction Collective Two, 2014)
“In the tangled tango that is Rift, the flashy two-stepping, jittery-bugging fiction cotillion choreographed by Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan, every movement kicks apart tectonic double takes, seismic shifting glares and glances. This is close-up magic, jazz hands, mixed with twin talented samurais slashing through the translucent shoji of a too-close-for-comfort closet. This duet does it. Over and over. The couples in this couple’s stories cleave and cleave and cleave again. The performance leaves you less than breathless. Hypnotized. Hypoxic. Hyphenated. Hysteric.” – Michael Martone, author of Four For a Quarter (Fiction Collective Two, 2011)



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Kathy Fish has joined the faculty of the Mile-High MFA at Regis University in Denver. She will be teaching flash fiction. Additionally, she teaches two-week intensive Fast Flash© Workshops. Recently, she served as Consulting Editor for the Queen’s Ferry Press The Best Small Fictions 2015. Rift, co-authored with Robert Vaughan, is her fourth collection.

Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2015), Slice, Guernica, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review online, Denver Quarterly, New South, Quick Fiction, and various other journals and anthologies. She was the guest editor of Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2010. She is the author of three collections of short fiction: a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women (Rose Metal Press, 2008), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2011) and Together We Can Bury It (The Lit Pub, 2012). She blogs at http://www.kathy-fish.com/.


robert headshotRobert Vaughan leads roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee, WI. He also teaches workshops in hybrid writing, dialogue, playwriting at places like The Clearing in Door County, WI. He was the co-founder of Flash Fiction Fridays, a radio program on WUWM in Milwaukee, where he premiered local flash fiction writers, and also starred writers from America and abroad. He is a senior editor for JMWW, and Lost in Thought magazines, a guest editor for Uno Kudo #5. Rift, co-authored with Kathy Fish, is his fourth collection.

His writing has been published in over 500 various literary journals, such as Necessary Fiction, Elimae, Literary Orphans, Everyday Genius, The Lit Pub, and Nervous Breakdown. He’s also been selected for many anthologies such as Stripped (2012), Flash Fiction Funny (2014), and This is Poetry (2015). He is the author of three collections: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps, 2013); and Addicts & Basements (CCM, 2014). He also edited Flash Fiction Fridays (2011). His awards include Micro-Fiction (2012), Gertrude Stein Awards (2013, 2014) and a Professional of the Year Award from Strathmore’s Who’s Who for outstanding contributions and achievements as an author (2015). He blogs at http://www.robert-vaughan.com.