The Flatirons Literary Review is a Boulder, Colorado, purveyor of perfectly ripened, fresh-picked prose and poetry. We select the finest local writing across the genres, to ensure a varied literary diet, rich with regional flavors.
Think Globally, Read Locally

Think Globally, Read Locally

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"After the Flood" by Susie Weber

“After the Flood” by Susie Weber

A few days after the September floods in Colorado, my six-year old daughter asks me a question that makes me rethink her world and mine. “Mama, did the flood happen in ever country?” She looks out the window of the car waiting for the answer. I glance at her through the rear view mirror and...
September 14, 2014-- Literary Salon with Ellen Nordberg

September 14, 2014– Literary Salon with Ellen Nordberg

Ellen Nordberg will be hosting a Literary Salon on Sunday, September 14, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Boulder book Store, 1107 Pearl St. Boulder.  The Literary Salon is fashioned after the great salons of the Eighteenth Century in Paris. Attendees discuss their writing successes and challenges, share their advice and experiences, and keep each...
"Got Any Smokes" by Jeffrey Blake

“Got Any Smokes” by Jeffrey Blake

Russ Billings stood up, coughed from deep in his chest, and spat onto an old newspaper lying on the dirty concrete floor. The effort hurt and left him short of breath. He had been hocking up lumps of dark, slimy stuff for two days. His current digs were the basement of an abandoned apartment building....
August 20 -- A Book Club for Colorado Writers

August 20 — A Book Club for Colorado Writers

Lori DeBoer’s book club for writers will meet on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. The book for August is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Come join fellow local writers discuss literature. This is no ordinary book club, because the focus is about both the book and the writing....
"A Woman on Longs Peak" by Sarah Brooks

“A Woman on Longs Peak” by Sarah Brooks

In the darkness, the small circle of light from my headlamp reveals only my hiking boots and a circle of rocky trail, which makes it easier to keep climbing. Up and up and up. Sometimes, we stop for water and a bite of an energy bar, and we turn off our headlamps to look up...
August 17, 2014 -- Writing a Page Turner

August 17, 2014 — Writing a Page Turner

On Sunday, August 17, Lori Deboer is hosting a writing workshop from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. It’s 2 a.m., you have work in four hours, yet you can’t help but turn the page and begin a new chapter. This must mean that you’ve encountered a...
"In Defense of Buff Comics" by Paul Handley

“In Defense of Buff Comics” by Paul Handley

Our kid is going into show business.  College isn’t for everyone, even though it sometimes feels like the world is devoted to getting an academic abbreviation.  Seems like that’s all the parents talk about at my daughter’s school.  They are worried about the reputation of the University their children will attend, afraid their kids are...
"Letter to John Zimmerman from Bellvue" by George Kalamaras

“Letter to John Zimmerman from Bellvue” by George Kalamaras

Letter to John Zimmerman from Bellvue It’s hard to begin, Dear John, because we remain faithful, friend.  I want to say your practice is healing, cooking, and haiku.  Of course, there’s Lisa and kids. But the angel caduceus of chiropractic replacing the twin snakes of Hermes says Daniel David Palmer was right— that correcting vertebral...
Young Adult Poetry Competition (Ages 12-18)

Young Adult Poetry Competition (Ages 12-18)

Flatirons Literary Review is hosting a young adult poetry competition July, 2014.  All young adults between ages 12 and 18 are encouraged to submit a poem of choice to Flatirons Literary Review. Submissions will be accepted during the month of July. The top three winners of our poetry competition will be selected for the honor of...
"Mazatlán" by Lawrence Dunning

“Mazatlán” by Lawrence Dunning

Their room at the Hotel Playa Bonita turns out to be the standard smallish third floor with ocean view and two queen beds. Fortunately it is in the older section of the hotel where the balconies directly overlook the beach and the unbelievably blue water of the bay. “Which one do you want?” Michael asks his wife. She...
Congratulations 2014 Colorado Book Award Winners

Congratulations 2014 Colorado Book Award Winners

On June 13, 2014 the Colorado Book Awards were announced in Aspen, Colorado at the Jerome Hotel. The Colorado Book Awards honor excellent authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers from Colorado, a state with plenty of talent to choose from. This year, awards were presented in sixteen different categories including literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, thriller/suspense,...
"Luck" by M. Krockmalnik Grabois

“Luck” by M. Krockmalnik Grabois

A retired stunt pilot dies in a plane crash while eating peanuts and trying to get the stewardess to brush his arm with her luxurious hip, en route from Denver to Akron, Ohio. A cold sore is swallowing my lover’s face. A dog at the memorial service sings the song of his breed. The eulogy...