Acclaimed “A true original,” by Kirkus Review, Mark Ari publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and music journalism. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Bloodshot and Blue and Deathfoot Ha! His novel, The Shoemaker’s Tale, earned high praise from the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and the Jerusalem Post, among others. It was the subject of a 2014 Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
For years, the “sometimes peripatetic” (Home Planet News) Mr. Ari was a well-known figure on New York’s Lower East Side, singing, playing guitar and reading poetry in the bars, cafes and clubs. He has performed up and down the East Coast and busked throughout Europe and the Middle East. He is the author and performer of two one-man shows, Blue Babies and Songs for the Waste Laboratory, the latter created for the Living Theater. His paintings have been featured in group and solo exhibitions in New York City, Paris, Lyon, and Seville.
Ari has been a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, and Fundacion Valparaiso. He produces and edits EAT Poems, a series of audio chapbooks featuring poets reading their own work, and he serves as editorial advisor to the literary journal, FLOCK. Ari is a multi-award winning teacher of creative writing at the University of North Florida.
The Wink of Immediacy: A Flash Fiction Workshop
Flash fiction covers as wide a range of forms and styles as other fiction, but it does so with fewer words. That’s the long and short of it. It is an exciting, tightly-compressed and nuanced genre, rich with implication and surprise. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of its possibilities. We’ll try our hands at a variety of methods for capturing the telling moment that occurs in the opening and closing of a window and shaping it into a finished piece. We’ll share some of what we do.