Us in Flux

Us in Flux is a new series of short stories and virtual gatherings that explore themes of community, collaboration, and collective imagination in response to transformative events. Every other Thursday, we’ll publish a new, original piece of flash fiction with an interactive chat with the author and their special guests the following Monday at 4PM Eastern.

Upcoming stories

July 9: “The Wandering City,” by Usman Malik

July 23: A story by Ernest Hogan

August 6: A story by Ray Mwihaki

Upcoming events

Us in Flux: Conversations—Usman Malik [Online] - MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020 1:00 pm, Arizona time (4:00 pm Eastern) Register
Us in Flux: Conversations—Regina Kanyu Wang and Athena Aktipis [Video-Past Event] - MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 1:00 pm, Arizona time (4:00 pm Eastern) Register
“A Cyber-Cuscuta Manifesto” by Regina Kanyu Wang - A story about big data, emerging life forms, and a plea for coexistence.
“Notice” by Sarah Pinsker - A tale of unanticipated mail and the limits of self-reliance.
“Fourth and Most Important” by Nisi Shawl - A tale of coded messages, clandestine drone deliveries, and surprising alliances.
Five separate works by Nina Miller for the Us In Flux series. From left to right; a quilt sewn with black thread, embroidered leaves, fabric resist and dye piece, a second quilt sewn with white thread, a woman embroidered with thread The Art of Us in Flux: An Interview with Nina Miller - A conversation about art that visualizes the future, creative expression in moments of crisis, and how art can be a path into fictional worlds.
Two portraits embroidered on a quilt. The portrait on the left is stitched with black thread on white linen and the portrait on the right is stitched with various colored thread on a dark denim patch. “Skating Without Streetlights” by Tina Connolly - A story about virtual reality, friendship, and the unexpected benefits of impersonation.
A couch in front of a window, but it is pieced from multiple fabrics and quilted. It is fragmented and multicolored. “A Room of One’s Own” by Tochi Onyebuchi - A tale of quantum entanglement and self-care.
Fabric resist and dye piece depicting the moon over the ocean. “When We Call a Place Home” by Chinelo Onwualu - A utopian tale of historical memory, the dangers of forgetting…and vampires.
Green linen embroidered with the white outline of a squirrel, and five leaf shapes cut from multiple colors of fabric secured to the linen with cross stitches in various colors. “An Attempt at Exhausting My Deck” by Kij Johnson - A short story about backyard ecology, interspecies communities, careful observation, and solitude without loneliness.
Illustrationdone in fabric, quilted landscape with small person looking over vast hills covered in crops. “The Parable of the Tares” by Christopher Rowe - A short story about food, monoculture, and communities that draw together the human and nonhuman.