Ursula Villarreal-Moura on the Magic That Happens in Good Flash Fiction
In Conversation with Alex Higley and Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
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Today, Ursula Villarreal-Moura talks to us about her new collection, hating and then learning to love flash fiction, Muriel Spark, how Roberto Bolaño would blurb her forthcoming novel, and more!
From the episode:
Ursula Villarreal-Moura: I think really good flash has either an element of surprise—and not necessarily a twist; it could be imagery that is unexpected but also really perfect—or some sort of magic on the page that suddenly has you sitting up straighter or moving your eyes closer to the book or the text. There’s just something [in good flash fiction] that all of a sudden clicks.
Ursula Villarreal-Moura is the author of Math for the Self-Crippling, which was selected by Zinzi Clemmons as the Gold Line Press fiction contest winner, and Like Happiness, forthcoming with Celadon Books. A graduate of Middlebury College, she received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and was a VONA/Voices fellow. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines including Tin House, Catapult, Prairie Schooner, Midnight Breakfast, Washington Square, Story, Bennington Review, the Wigleaf Top 50, and Gulf Coast.