New Exhibit, “Writing UC’s Past,” Combines Flash Fiction with Historic Photographs

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From the Archives and Rare Books Library

A new exhibit on display on the 5th floor lobby of Langsam Library features original pieces of flash fiction describing historic images from the collections of UC’s Archives and Rare Books Library.

Flash fiction is a term to describe writing that is extremely brief, typically only a few hundred words or fewer in its entirety. The three pieces in the exhibit average only 300 words but are rich in content.


From the Archives and Rare Books Library

Andres Bales, Ian Golding, and Woody Skinner, all PhD students, each chose a different photograph and wrote a short piece of flash fiction in response. The photographs and corresponding flash fiction pieces are featured in the exhibit, and because of their brevity, can be read in their entirety.

The exhibit was coordinated by Kelly Blewett, doctoral candidate in rhetoric and composition at UC. It was designed by Jessica Burhans, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) design student and UC Libraries co-op.


From the Archives and Rare Books Library

About the authors:

Andrew Bales is a PhD student in the creative writing program at UC. His fiction has appeared in Tin House online, Gargoyle, JukedNew Delta Review, and other publications.

Ian Golding is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Cincinnati. His work has appeared in CutBank, Salt Hill, Mid-American Review, and other journals.

Woody Skinner is a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at UC.  His fiction has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Hobart, and other journals.  His debut collection, A Thousand Distant Radios, will be published by Atelier26 Books in the fall.