Kathy Flann’s recent book, Get a Grip, won the George Garrett Award and was published by Texas Review Press. Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Magazine selected it as a top book of 2015. It won the 2016 short story category of the International Book Awards, Best Book Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards.
Her first short story collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press. Individual stories have appeared in Shenandoah, The North American Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications.
Grant support for Flann's fiction has been awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and she has had fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, and Le Moulin a Nef in France.
For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. Her column, “Letter from America,” appears in a UK magazine called Writing in Education. She also contributes a quarterly column on the craft of creative writing for Stay Thirsty magazine.
Flann has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and she served as fiction editor of The Greensboro Review. Previous degrees include a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in English with a Creative Writing Concentration from Auburn University. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Goucher College.