Girl Years

Karen Dietrich explains, “I’ve been obsessed with the experiences of girlhood for as long as I can remember. In writing the pieces that became Girl Years, I set out to document scenes from an American girlhood, but also to explore where memory and imagination intersect. As a child I was fascinated with the idea of the interior life (and of course, that fascination continues). I often felt as though my true self was the one living inside.

I stumbled upon the idea of Girl Years rather by chance. I had been thinking about girls as their own species (hence the play on “dog years,” a formula I never quite understood how to calculate). In my writing, I started meditating on these different concepts of time and the past (clearly another fascination) and it was through this exploration that I wrote the title piece.

Certain questions persisted, and those questions compelled me to write more. Is there such a thing as common experience? Can we ever truly know what we feel minutes, hours, even years, in the same way? I find more comfort in questions rather than answers, as I am forever drawn to the unknown, the unknowable.

Girl Years, a collection of creative nonfiction flash.

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Pushcart Nominations

Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts is proud to announce the following Pushcart nominations for the Best of Small Fictions 2017:

“Everything We Had”
by Christopher Allen
520 words
Published July 2016

“Ladybug Apocalypse”
by Nancy Au
592 words
Published August 2016

by duncan barlow
600 words
Published August 2016

“Marital Amnesias”
by Jan Stout
600 words
Published May 2016

“Boy in a Boat”
by Julia Strayer
338 words
Published June 2016