» The Conference on the American Short Story

The Conference on the American Short Story celebrates the reading and writing of short fiction in the United States. This gathering brings together readers, scholars, teachers, editors, and writers—both established and emerging—for crucial conversations about how stories make sense of the world and what it means to be human. Featured authors include Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Yoon Choi, Dana Johnson, and Gavin Jones.

This two-day event will be held on April 18-19, 2022. All the public events are free. Attendees must register and follow the university’s current covid protocols.

As part of this program, Kevin Ross, Dean of Leatherby Libraries, will unveil Chapman University’s new Short Story Machine as part of this celebration of the short story and the library's permanent exhibit.

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Schedule of Public Events

Note: Location for all public events is Beckman Hall—BK 404

Monday, April 18, 2022: Beginnings

  • 7 p.m. Welcome
  • 7:15 p.m. Dramatic Reading
    Featuring the beginnings of stories by Richard Bausch, James P. Blaylock, Yoon Choi, and Dana Johnson read by Orange County School of the Arts students Ariyah Brown and Lila Cupolo-Bausch and Chapman University students Brady Grustus and Charlie Jackson.
  • 8:30 p.m. Reception & Book Sale

Tuesday, April 19, 2022: Literary Pub(lishing) Crawl

Host: Jim Blaylock

  • 4 p.m. Flash Fiction
    Chapman MFA alum Eric Tryon discusses the tradition of flash fiction and his experience as the founding editor of the online journal Flash Frog. Moderated by Audrey Fong.
  • 5 p.m. Indie Publishing
    Red Hen Press’s Tobi Harper and Monica Fernandez discuss acquisitions, editing, promotion, and what’s new. Moderated by Hannah Montante.
  • 6 p.m. The Artistic Ecosystem
    Marcus Omari draws from his experiences as a national speech champion, workshop facilitator, and founder of the Poetic Reform Party to offer ways writers can get involved in sustaining literary culture. Moderated by Ansalee Morrison and Lydia Pejovic.

Story Conference Keynote & Conversation

The event will also be online at: https://chapman.zoom.us/j/96446353091

  • 7 p.m. Welcome | Dr. Jennifer Keene, Dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • 7:10 p.m. The Short Story Dispenser | Dr. Kevin Ross, Dean of Leatherby Libraries
  • 7:20 p.m. Introduction | Dr. Joanna Levin, Chair of Department of English
  • 7:30 p.m. Keynote on Homelessness: The Short Story and Other Media | Dr. Gavin Jones, Stanford University
  • 8:15 p.m. A Conversation on the American Short Story
    Dr. Rei Magosaki will moderate a conversation about the past, present, and future of the American short story with Gavin Jones, Richard Bausch, and Yoon Choi. Audience questions are welcome during the Q&A.
  • 9:15 p.m. Reception & Book Raffle & Book Sale

Registration Required

Conference registration will open in March.

Conference Queries

Please direct all questions to event organizer.