Tigertail, an annual print poetry publication in its ninth year, has made the move from poetry to prose under its guest editor and FIU's own Lynne Barrett. In an interview with the Miami New Times, Barrett, a professor in the English Department explains, "For the first eight years, the collections centered on poetry, but when I was asked to be this year's guest editor, I suggested that we look for short prose poems, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction by writers with some connection to Florida. I came up with the phrase "Florida Flash" for the concept, and set a maximum word count of 305, the original South Florida area code."
The result is an anthology of work by 54 writers with connections to South Florida, many of whom are also members of FlU. The anthology and flash fiction concept has inspired WLRN-Miami Herald News to invite their audience to submit pieces of 305 words or less (prose poems, fiction, or nonfiction) that take place in South Florida. The contest begins today, Monday, October 17 and runs until Sunday, November 13, which is also the first day of Miami Book Fair International.
Join FIU and the English Department tonight at Books and Books in Coral Gables at 8:00 p.m. for the launch of Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash. There will be a reading which features authors and selections from the anthology. Also, be sure to listen to WLRN to hear Tigertail authors reading their pieces on air.
For more information on the launch, please see the Event posting on this site. For more information about the anthology or the "South Florida Flash" contest please refer to the Miami New Times article: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2011/10/editor_lynne_barrett_on_tigert.php