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.
Humor
"The Sweater Story" by Ava Klinger

“The Sweater Story” by Ava Klinger

Every native Coloradan knows that even if it’s a nice day, you are going to want to bring a lightjacket or sweater with you if you plan to be out past sunset. I know this. Colorado has been my home since birth. My story begins on an Indian Summer day in mid-October. The blue sky, bright...
"Check-In Words" by Paul Handley

“Check-In Words” by Paul Handley

“I think we have everybody here. Let’s get started with our check-in word. Please give your check-in words in order so Jerry can transcribe on the whiteboard,” said moderator Madelyn. “Cat.” The first response is accompanied by laughter from the speaker. “Interesting,” said Madelyn, “let’s continue.” “Good.” “Excited.” “Young.” “The youth vote is in,” said...
"The 24 Hour Intimate Position" by Karen Hemmerle

“The 24 Hour Intimate Position” by Karen Hemmerle

Karen Hemmerle’s short story “The 24 Hour Intimate Position” is the winner of the Stories on Stage writing contest for the September 13, 2014 show. I have what’s called “a spotty work history”. It started when I was in college and all my friends had waitress jobs. I thought, “How hard can it be bringing...
"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...
"Good Deeds" by Dave Kelley

“Good Deeds” by Dave Kelley

  When you see someone whose car has broken down it’s difficult to get up the courage to pull over and ask if you can help. We’ve all seen the movies where the person in need turns out to be an escapee from a mental institution or the Center for the Chronically Unbathed. The broken down car turns...
"Gall-E-Gee" by Christina Antus

“Gall-E-Gee” by Christina Antus

First-Place Winner, 2013 Boulder Writers’ Workshop Comedy Contest, Judge Gene Perret Until now I never really knew where my gallbladder was or what it did. I also didn’t really care. I actually still don’t. But, the stars have aligned in the shape of gallstones and here we are. About a year and a half ago,...
"The Princess in the Bomb Shelter" by Jessica Fishman

“The Princess in the Bomb Shelter” by Jessica Fishman

    Third-Place Winner, 2103 Boulder Writers’ Workshop Comedy Writers’ Contest, Judge Gene Perret Before heading to the Purim party, I look in the mirror again. My princess costume is sexy, not slutty – the perfect combination for an ancient Jewish holiday. Tonight marks the Jews of Shushan surviving Haman’s attempt to kill them a...