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

June 11: A story by Sarah Pinsker

June 25: A story by Regina Kanyu Wang

July 9: A story by Usman Malik

“Fourth and Most Important” by Nisi Shawl - A tale of coded messages, clandestine drone deliveries, and surprising alliances.
Us in Flux: Conversations— Nisi Shawl and Ayana Jamieson [Online] - EVENT: MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020
RSVP 1:00PM (4:00PM Eastern)
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.