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All But True presents Sebastian Castillo & Sharon White

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On April 19, at 7 pm

All But True
Author Readings Hosted by the Working Writers Group

Sebastian Castillo and Sharon White

An Evening of Flash Fiction with a Surreal Twist


In his literary debut, 49 Venezuelan Novels, published by Bottlecap Press, Sebastian Castillo confounds reader’s expectations by stripping the novel down to its barest bones. Each novel occupies a single page. Some consist of a single sentence. Yet Castillo draws on the power of innuendo, intimation, and absence to create narratives eerily rich in their sparseness. Castillo was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in New York. His work has appeared in Philadelphia Weekly, Peach Mag, Electric Literature, The Fanzine, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches writing.

“Sebastian Castillo’s micro-fi ctional assemblages invoke a logical illogic wherein nothing is untrue or impossible, secrets have secrets, and any sentence can change the world. . . . A magical, medicinal mini-encyclopedia for our ongoing human rune.” —Blake Butler, author of 300,000,000


An award-winning poet and author of creative nonfi ction, Sharon White turned to fi ction with the inventive Boiling Lake (On Voyage), published by Jaded Ibis Press, micro-tales of travel to the past, present, future—and other worlds. White’s exquisite prose and off-kilter juxtapositions turn even familiar territory strange and unsettling. White’s poems, essays, and articles have appeared in many magazines and journals including Salt Hill Journal, Isotope, House Beautiful, Appalachia, Kalliope, and North American Review. She teaches writing at Temple University. Sharon White’s awards include the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction from Philadelphia Stories, the Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction from Green Mountains Review, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Creative Nonfi ction, the Leeway Foundation Award for Achievement, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

“With mad singing in strange lands and familiar places, these tiny stories speak a language of dark lyricism.” —Amy Parkison, author of The Petals of Your Eyes