Courses & Faculty

FLASH

FLASH

Jerry Mirskin

This two-hour, one-time-only craft class is available to students who select the "craft" option for their afternoon track.

This new genre, which exists on the border between personal essay and fiction or poetry, has rapidly taken hold in Contemporary American writing. Flash writers are storytellers whose delight in narrative can fill a page, but also whose intuitions and insights occur suddenly like Haiku. This is a strong choice for writers who want to develop their own style and voice and enjoy the compression and tension of poetry, but also the expressive and narrative potential of a slightly longer form. Typical Flash pieces are about 300-700 words. They exist on the page like portraits or murals, but move like short film. If you like to tell stories from your real lived experience, Flash Creative Nonfiction is a genre that will allow you to build on skills you’ve practiced in poetry, fiction, and/or personal essay.

Jerry Mirskin was born in the Bronx, NY, and has lived in California, Wisconsin and Maine. He has worked as a herdsman on a dairy farm, as a carpenter, and as a New York State Poet-in-the-Schools. He is a Professor at Ithaca College and teaches select classes at Cornell University. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and he has presented his work and given workshops at universities, colleges, public libraries, art centers, and on public television and radio. Jerry won the Arts & Letters Prime Poetry Prize for a selection of poetry; his manuscript, Picture a Gate Hanging Open and Let that Gate be the Sun, was the winner of the national Mammoth Books Prize for Poetry. As a result of that prize, Jerry’s first and subsequent books, including In Flagrante Delicto and Crepuscular Non Driveway, were published by Mammoth Books.