DL Shirey lives in Portland, Oregon, writing fiction, by and large, unless it's small. He has been caught flashing at Café Aphra, 365 Tomorrows, ZeroFlash and Fewer Than 500 among others. His story ‘6:58’ brings back thoughts to the reader of a life lived and is a wonderful addition to the Spring 2018 edition of NUNUM. DL can be found on Twitter at dlshirey or at www.dlshirey.com
Michael Guynn is currently a freshman at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah, and is majoring in psychology. In his free time, he writes poetry, plays guitar, skis, longboards, and sells his art on skateboards. Someday he hopes to be a psychiatrist and inspire through art, writing, and creativity. Which is exactly why the Spring 2018 edition of NUNUM wouldn’t have been complete without having some of his work’s playful seriousness and right-now sense of place inside it. You can find more of Michael’s work on instagram at mikey_guynn and at dryfireboards
Erica Gonsalves’s story ‘The Stranger’ is a brief detailed flash into the life of a man with choices to make and is a perfect example of how good flash fiction works. Erica Gonsalves recently completed her M.A. in Writing at National University of Ireland, Galway. Beyond her inclusion in NUNUM’s Spring 2018 issue, her fiction can be seen in The Galway Review and The Bohemyth. Erica currently teaches high school English in Connecticut. You can find more of her work on instagram at EricaG920.
Ashley Cowger contributed a beautiful story to the Spring 2018 edition of NUNUM entitled ‘Louise Roberta Crandall’. She is the author of the short story collection ‘Peter Never Came’, and she won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State Harrisburg.
Oluwaseyi (Shayee) Awoyomi is a third generation self taught Nigerian visual and a performing artist. She pulls energy from the patterns in the traditional Adire of the Yoruba people, carrying on their unspoken language of communication in most of her works. In her art, inspiration can flow at anytime, from everywhere and it was exactly these quality’s that her work ‘Brain Map’ brought to the Spring 2018 edition of Nunum. You can find more of her work on instagram at simplyshayee.
Rachel Sarah is the author of ‘Single Mom Seeking’ published by Seal Press. The Washington Post published her most recent essay on which her brilliant flash piece ‘The Embassy Suite in downtown Portland’ which is included in the Spring 2018 edition of NUNUM is very loosely based. She reviews books and works as an editor in the SF Bay Area. You can see more about Sarah on twitter at Rachel__Sarah
Ashley Geiger is an interdisciplinary scholar and digital artist with particular interests in applied philosophy and visual literacy. In her spare time, she performs with Unfiltered Improv, and does terrible things to otherwise perfectly lovely photographs. Which she kindly shared with NUNUM by letting her piece ‘The Harold’ grace our Spring 2018 cover. You can find more of her work on instagram @ashcat7077.
Using memory associations and the soil which holds them in writing
Any form of writing requires the associations of the reader to interact with the text so that the reader can understand the words and ideas being presented. In a traditional piece of fiction using a third person narrative voice the writer attempts to elaborate the world inhabited by their characters through noting their observations, reactions, emotions, etc. to reveal their interactions with the fictional world and the other characters. This is done to give the reader a greater understanding of how the characters view their place in this fictional world.