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UA Group Offers Final Installment of Short Fiction Readings in Downtown Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s student-led organization and nonprofit literary journal NANO Fiction invites the public to the final installment of its two-part reading series, Five at 5, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at 5 Bar in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The event, organized by Nano Fiction founder and UA graduate student Kirby Johnson, is designed to introduce emerging short fiction writers to the Tuscaloosa community. Admission is free.

Featured readers will be: Garrett Ashley, student in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi; Cian Cruise, whose work has appeared in Little Brother and Bygone Bureau; Amy McDaniel, author of “Selected Adult Lessons”; Jared Yates Sexton, assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University and author of “An End To All Things” from Atticus Books; and Elizabeth Wade, Tuscaloosa native and visiting assistant professor at the University of Mary Washington.

At a maximum of 10 minutes in length, the readings will be as fast paced as the stories presented in NANO Fiction, which must consist of no more than 300 words each, Johnson said.

More information on the season’s readers and NANO Fiction may be found at For more information on NANO Fiction and this season’s readers, go to


The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.