Hi! And Meet Desiree!

"The Choice", Call For Volunteers

Thanks again for signing up for Forward’s newsletter! Over the coming months we’re going to introduce you to some of the people behind Forward or who will be included in its pages, invite you to events, and give you early information about the next edition of this anthology.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Desiree Cooper! Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author of the award-winning, debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016). “The Choice” (her story that will be reprinted in Forward) is now a short film, available free online at http://www.descooper.com.

We chose Desiree’s story “The Choice” because we thought it was an incredible balancing act. Throughout the story Desiree writes in the first personal plural and weaves in several different characters, telling us their lives in one moment, often in a phrase or two. She takes a topic, abortion, that in many writers’ hands becomes more of a rant in one direction and gives it a nuanced perspective. Desiree makes it what it should be, a personal choice.

Her short film based on the story is moving, effective, and beautiful in its stillness. You can watch it here.


If you’re reading this and you or a friend want to be involved in Forward, e-mail us! You can respond to this message or if you prefer: forwardflashfictionanthology@gmail.com. We’re looking for someone to help us interview some of the different people involved in this anthology to feature in this newsletter (and on the aforementioned website).

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