Reading at Widener University

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be reading at Widener University (Chester, PA) with Victoria Giansante, a former student who is now pursuing her graduate degree in Rosemont College.sept reading flyer.png

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Reading with T Nicole Cirone

Had a terrific time reading at a Novel idea on Passyunk last night. Great crowd! Thanks so much to Christina Rosso-Schneider and Alex, the wonderful owners of the bookstore and two of the nicest people you’ll meet. If you haven’t done so already, please check out their store. It’s a beautiful space with a great selection of books. They do an especially amazing job of supporting local writers. Thanks as well to T Nicole Cirone, who read with me last night. Nine Nails, her novel in essays, is a must read. Her work is unflinchingly honest . . . and  funny!

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A Short Review of None of the Above

Many thanks to Philadelphia poet and painter Peter Baroth for the following kind and generous post about my new novel:

I just recently had the good fortune to purchase and read the novel “None of the Above” (Unsolicited Press) by Michael Cocchiarale, a Professor at Widener and a colleague of Courtney K. Bambrick’s [Courtney is another fine local poet]. The book is a reward to anyone who pays the attention to read it, filled as it is with intelligent observations about coming of age in the last 20 years or so of the 20th century. It is, essentially, the story of the education of one Increase Alt, a Clevelander and a Catholic, at a time when both city and faith are in serious decline. It is also filled with dry wit and sharp metaphors and is a useful, if frequently ironic, manual for any of us perplexed by their higher – and perhaps whole – educations. And – for anyone WITH a college education – or more – I would dare to call it a “bildungsroman.” Take a short pause people and read a good book filled with interesting characters like this one!

Lecture on Flash Fiction

Tomorrow evening, I’ll be giving a lecture on flash fiction (and many of its even flashier relatives) at the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik at Greifswald University (Greifswald, Germany). I’ll be looking at everyone from Kate Chopin to Lydia Davis to Grant Faulkner to Lou Beach. Here’s the official announcement:

Veranstaltungsankündigung

Greifswald University’s North American Studies and the Greifswald Friends of North America cordially invite you to the guest lecture and reading by Professor Michael Cocchiarale (Widener University, USA):

How Little Is TOO Much?: Flash Fiction, Microfiction, Hint Fiction, and Almost Everything Between and Beyond

The lecture and reading will take place on June 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm in room 1.29, E.-Lohmeyer-Platz 3. For nearly the past thirty years, flash fiction has been enjoying a spectacular renaissance. Comprised of no more than 1000 words, these works have been collected in numerous anthologies and published in an ever-growing number of print and online journals. Some of these extremely brief fictions are conventional, with the familiar attributes and trajectory of a short story. Others are highly experimental, appropriating forms, delving into the fantastical and absurd, or eschewing expectations about characters and closure in order to tell old stories in startling new ways. During this renaissance, shorter and more intriguing subgenres have proliferated—microfictions, hint fiction, and twitter fiction, among others. This lecture will provide an overview of flash fiction and closely related works, highlighting key examples that test the limits of narrative–and perhaps the patience of the reader as well.