Flash and Micro Fiction are more than slices of life, they are compressed complete stories, and in this collection followers of Beckman will recognize some of his regulars such as Mirsky and Elaine, sometimes married, occasionally faithful, and always creating some kind of familial havoc, and many of his targets are back: shrinks, addicts of one form or another.
Speaking of family, Beckman continues writing about the only family he believes exists—the dysfunctional family. Over the years readers have told him they felt he was writing about their family’s holiday get-togethers, celebrations, sibling rivalries, strange uncles and the ever present parent child conflicts.
Beckman has added two new dimensions to his writing: the surreal, which is the real behaving in a quirky way in the milder ones, and his “Projects Stories” which spring from his days growing up in the projects in Bridgeport.
Paul Beckman’s last collection, “Peek” which came out in late 2005 was an award winning collection where one story was one of the winners in the Best of Small Fictions 2016 and another was selected to be in The Norton Anthology of Micro-Fiction due out this year.
Paul Beckman lives in a small shoreline town in Connecticut with his wife Sandra. Their blended family of five children has to date produced ten grandchildren. In 1999, Paul received his MFA from Bennington College while working full time in the real estate business from which he now retired. He has also been a restaurateur, bartender, pin setter, carpenter, Teamster, Air Traffic Controller, numbers runner, builder, butcher and paper boy amongst other callings in his life. Some of his passions are traveling, photography,snorkeling, diving and of course reading.
Beckman recently had a collection of Flash and Micro Fiction published in print and online "Maybe I Ought to Sit In a Dark Room For a While" and continues to write and have his work published both in print and online. His first published collection was Come! Meet My Family and other stories. He is a member of PEN USA.
Paul is pleased to have his work published in New Zealand, surprised to have it translated into two German anthologies of Humor by Jewish Writers, and thrilled to have several of his short stories turned into plays. Additionally he's been published in Great Britain, Sweden, Prague, Canada, India and Australia.
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