Kathryn Kulpa

Author's Bio

Kathryn Kulpa writes short stories, flash fiction, and prose poetry. She was a winner of the Vella Chapbook Contest for her flash fiction chapbook Girls on Film, published by Paper Nautilus Press, and she received the Mid-List Press First Series Award for her short story collection Pleasant Drugs (Mid-List Press). She is also the author of Who’s the Skirt?, a micro-chapbook published by the Origami Poems Project, and has been featured in several anthologies. Kathryn has published short fiction in Florida Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Literary Orphans, Monkeybicycle, NANO Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Superstition Review, and many other journals. She is a flash fiction editor at Cleaver magazine and formerly served as an editor of Newport Review, Pif and Merlyn’s Pen, a journal of writing by teens. She has taught writing at the University of Rhode Island, Stonecoast Writers Conference, Goat Hill Writers, and Writers-in-the-Schools, Rhode Island.

Publications and Prizes

Girls on Film
(Paper Nautilus Press, 2016)
, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure
(Harper Perennial, 2010)
, Pleasant Drugs : Stories
(Midlist Press, 2005)
Alphabet Faucet: Pocket Prose
(Bottom Dog Press, 2000)
, In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself
(MW Enterprises, 2005)
, Regrets Only: Contemporary Poets on the Theme of Regret
(Little Pear Press, 2006)
, Sundays at Sarah's: An Anthology of Women's Writing
(Little Pear Press, 2003)
, The Great Gatsby Anthology
(Silver Birch Press, 2015)
Artful Dodge, Asimov's Sci-Fi Magazine, Autumn Sky Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Camroc Press Review, Carbon Culture Review, Carve, Cezanne's Carrot, Cleaver Magazine, decomP, Flashquake, Florida Review, Foliate Oak, Foundling Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, KYSO Flash, Leviathan, The Madison Review, Margin: Exploring Magic Realism, Menda City Review, Metazen, Minimus, Monkeybicycle, NANO Fiction, New Renaissance, Newport Review, Parting Gifts, Pedestal Magazine, Quality Women's Fiction, Saranac Review, Seventeen, SmokeLong Quarterly, Stone's Throw, Superstition Review, The Northville Review, Thrice Fiction
Prizes Won: 
Vella Chapbook Contest, for Girls on Film (Paper Nautilus, 2016) ; First Series Award in Short Fiction, for Pleasant Drugs (Mid-List Press, 2005) ; 101 Words, Issue 23 Contest Winner ; New Millennium Writings Fiction Contest Finalist ; the new renaissance Louise E. Reynolds Memorial Fiction Award ; Florida Review Editors' Award ; Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist 

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer
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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Providence, RI
Raised in: 
Somerset, MA
I can’t pass that house without seeing those girls. Empty windows stare back, curtains burned away; yellow tape flaps limply. There they were, all along: living among us, packed like potatoes in a brown bag under the sink, forgotten until it bursts. Did we pass them every day, not hearing cries for help through bricked walls, not seeing notes passed through chinks in boarded windows? Did they start the fire? We know only this: that they were found holding hands, waiting for rescue that never came. Nothing left but carbon and calcium: walls we never crossed, windows we never broke through. ("Potato Eyes," originally published in 101 Words, Issue 23, 2017.)
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Last updated: Mar 02, 2018