Tina was our first ever repeat contributor to the show, so it seems only appropriate that she become our first (but not last) five-time contributor. She was previously with us on Episode 19, Episode 23, Episode 65, and Episode 68. All her previous contributions have fallen into the microfiction category, so this episode’s story, which topped 1,000 words, may be longer than all of those put together. I always thoroughly enjoy featuring Tina’s voice on the show.
Tina Tocco’s flash fiction has appeared in Roanoke Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Crab Creek Review, Harpur Palate, Passages North, Portland Review, Italian Americana, and other journals. Her work for young readers can be found in various magazines, including Highlights, Cricket, Spider, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids. Tina was a finalist in CALYX’s Flash Fiction Contest (2013), the 3rd Place Winner in The Southampton Review’s Short, Short Fiction Contest (2015), and an honorable mention in the River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest (2015). Her interview on flash and the craft of writing, “No Wasted Words,” appears in Roanoke Review. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell.