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An Interview with Maria Pinto

Read to Write Stories

Maria Pinto’s story, “Love Song of a Femme Fatale on Scholarship” was published in Flapperhouse.

Maria Pinto‘s work has appeared in Word Riot, Pinball, The Butter, Cleaver, Menacing Hedge, and Flapperhouse, among others. She was an Ivan Gold Fellow at The Writers’ Room of Boston, in the city where she walks dogs, grows a veggie garden, and does Karaoke. Her debut novel is in search of a home. She’s working on the next.

To read Maria’s story “Love Song of a Femme Fatale on Scholarship” and an exercise on creating character desire, click here.

In this interview, Pinto discusses the light brush strokes of flash fiction, framing narratives, and how language connects novels and much shorter forms.

Michael Noll

The opening paragraph introduces the character’s desire—to sleep with her professor—but the description of the professor depicts him as, shall we say, having less than…

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“Love Song of a Femme Fatale on Scholarship” – Fiction by Maria Pinto

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Dive into the mind of an infatuated freshman with “Love Song of a Femme Fatale on Scholarship”Maria Pinto‘s frisky flash fiction from our Winter 2017 issue.

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SOMETHING ABOUT SEEING TEACHER ON THE BUS, under the yellow light, the ridges of his brown corduroys flaccid, the finger upon which she’d always assumed she would find a gold band if she bothered to look, how the finger tapped at his bony knee, something about the way the finger had a gold band-shaped stripe on it, the stripe pale, a little indented, the way the knuckle hairs had a practiced wither there, how the stripe rendered him vulnerable as a midair-poised ass, hot, pink from slapping, something about all these things taken together made her want to push the moment, to fuck him. She did not interrogate why. She…

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Unsurprised on 11/9/16 by Maria Pinto

Jellyfish Review

Unsurprised on 11/9/16

The fall leaves look like frisking birds on the wind until they hit the pond’s surface with a surprised little splash. Then it is clear they’ve died. Still, their tops are open to the pastel sky (which is just beginning to yawn towards the navy of bottomless night) their veined backs turned on the brown mass of already-sunk leaves, undifferentiated, below. Of course the ones currently afloat will never sink, never join that scum.

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Maria Pinto’s work has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Cleaver, and Pinball, among others. She was an Ivan Gold Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, in the city where she reads for FLAPPERHOUSE, walks dogs, and does karaoke. Her debut novel is in search of a home.

Forgotten what happened on November 9, 2011?

(Previous story: Tie Her Around Your Neck by Sarah Beaudette)

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“A Disorienting Fog of Residual Energy” – A Conversation with Shannon Moore Shepherd

read my interview with the inimitable Shannon Moore Shepherd!

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20150723_174708Shannon Moore Shepherd is the author of “Creature Feature: Caligynachtmare: Dread the Beauty,” a fantastically fierce poem from our 7th issue which we nominated for Best of the Net this past September. Shannon is also a musician, a master eavesdropper, a sloppy but intuitive tarot reader, and a fearless insect photographer. She studied Creative Writing at Bradley University and is working on a Gothic homage to her hometown of Peoria, Illinois. In her recent interview with our senior editorial consultant Maria Pinto, Shannon talked about her poetry, as well as feminine beauty, writing voice vs. speaking voice, and the romance of nauseous anticipation…
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MP: First, let’s discuss the title of your stunning, Best of the Net-nominated poem, “Creature Feature: Caligynachtmare: Dread the Beauty” which opened FLAPPERHOUSE #7. How did you know it had to be a three-parter? How dope is Caligynachtmare as a coinage? Did the…

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And Our Most-Viewed Pieces of 2015 Were…

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The False Mirror - Rene Magritte, 1928 The False Mirror – Rene Magritte, 1928

Nearly twice as many eyeballs gazed upon our website in 2015 than in 2014, and now we shall countdown the 5 pieces which attracted the most of those eyeballs this past year:

#5. “A Deer With the Head of Emily Dickinson” by Cassandra de Alba, a deliciously eerie poem which will also appear in Cassandra’s forthcoming chapbook of deer-centric poems published by Horse Less Press.

#4. “The Rud Yard” by Vajra Chandrasekera, a hilariously terrifying take on the future of the surveillance state, which we nominated for both a Pushcart Prize & the Best of the Net.

#3. “Gelid” by T. Mazzara, our Fiction Editor’s touching prose poem for a departed friend.

#2. “Earth Comes Down” by Maria Pinto, a bluesy slipstream story with an impressive second-place finish, considering we posted it to our site less than 3…

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Maria Pinto :: Deposition of a Moviegoer

Maria Pinto :: Deposition of a Moviegoer

Small Po[r]tions

I knew she was my daughter. Or, to be precise, I knew my daughter was in there. I knew by the way she stared out the window. The neighbors, the police, the lawyer, the reporters – they all ask with their mouths twisted in irony and bitterness: how could you tell by the way she was looking out the window? A ridiculous question. I recognized her like a romantic lead recognizes her soulmate at first sight in movies. I knew in the same way you look into a mirror and know it’s you staring back. Do you have proof it’s you? Absolute proof that the person in your head is the same as the person in the mirror? Yeah? Then, I reserve the right to know whether the soul I’m regarding did all their gestation in a nutrient-rich sack among my very guts. On the morning of The…

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