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Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us and chucks us aside. Alas!D.H. Lawrence

Join our next ESU Happy Hour as members share their favorite poems, sonnets, verses, or flash fiction*. We all have our favorite verses or memorable poems and members and guests from branches across the U.S. will share their favorites. 

Long-time ESU member, Dr. Susan Sinclair, will lead this special Happy Hour program, Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm EDT. This is a free program for all ESU members and guests. Invite your friends to join us.

Please submit your favorite poem, verse, sonnet, or flash fiction* (prose).

  • Limit of 500 words or less

  • You may choose from your favorite author, or you may compose your own piece.

  • You will be reading your submission at the Happy Hour, so, practice, practice, and practice.

  • Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, June 21

  • We will select as many submissions as time permits.

  • We will notify you by email on June 23rd if your submission is selected.

  • If you want to submit, click both Submit.

  • If you just want to attend and watch the Happy Hour, click Register.

Submit Here Register

*What is Flash Fiction? Flash fiction is a type of prose narrative that takes the form of very brief, self-contained stories. The form is unique in that, rather than focusing on plot or character development, it focuses on movement: each sentence (or even word) peels back a layer and progresses the story. While there is no set word count that separates flash fiction from more traditional short stories, flash fiction stories can be as short as a few words. Click here for examples of Flash Fiction. Remember, for our Happy Hour, the maximum is 500 words.

About Susan Sinclair

Robin (Susan) Sinclair has taught English and American literature, as well as comparative religion and philosophy at several universities. She holds B.A., M.A., M.L.A.S., and Ph.D. degrees, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts. She is also an antique and decorative arts appraiser. She has taught many courses in composition, as well as history and context of literature.