Pat Foran


Pat Foran is a writer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His work was selected for the Best Small Fictions 2023 and Best Small Fictions 2021 anthologies, the Wigleaf Top 50 2022, and the Best Microfiction 2021 anthology. He also received the 2021 Mythic Picnic Prize in Fiction. Web: Twitter: @pdforan Youtube: @patforan1549

Fiction & Prose Poems


Missing in the Small of Dreams [Tiny Molecules]
Gratitude Party [JAKE the AntiLiterary Magazine]


The Melancholy of the Nape of Your Neck [The Mersey Review]
When it Falls and We See, Then it Pours and We Are [Trampset]
This [Bending Genres]
The Nights I Spend Reading to a Rescue Horse Named Emmeline [Fractured Lit]
Love Letter to What’s Left [South Florida Poetry Journal]
The Ones Who Know Us [The Disappointed Housewife]
Worst [HOOT Review]


The Lengths He Will Go to Learn Bo Derek’s Deepest Sex Secret [Louisiana Literature]
To the Shortage of Lifeguards That Will Live in This Rill [Pithead Chapel] (Best Small Fictions 2023)
The Father Who Said [Flash Fiction Magazine]
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia Claire’s House of Fine-Tooth Combs [The Ekphrastic Review]
A Heart Thing [Emerge Literary Journal] (Wigleaf Longlist 2023)
This Wave, a Little One (Quietly) [The Bureau Dispatch]
Every Which Way, the Wind [Reckon Review]
Lying Not Lying [Gastropoda]


A Centrifugal Wish [MoonPark Review]
Me and My Imagined Ex [Trampset]
Soylent Green Isn’t People, it’s the Color of Leisure Suits 13-Year-Old Boys Wear on the Bar Mitzvah Circuit, c. 1975 [Sledgehammer Lit]
What in Blazes [Coffee Contrails — audiobook/story]
The Last Thing We Were Was Drowning [Tahoma Literary Review — Soundcloud link]
Simple Answers to Essence Questions at the International Paperweight Festival [X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine]
A Marconigram for Margaret [LEON Literary Review]
The Starfuckers of 1998 [The Daily Drunk]
Flutters [Schuylkill Valley Journal]
Live Tweeting from JCPenney Christmas Catalog Model Fantasy Camp [The Wondrous Real Magazine]
Three Micros [New Flash Fiction Review / The MegaMegAnthology]
The Idea of Me, at Sea [Cotton Xenomorph]
Your Heart, in a Thimble and on its Way to the Thinnest Home in the World [Truffle Literary]
Engelbert Humperdinck [New World Writing]
Mutuals [No Contact]
  (Wigleaf 50 Top 50 2022)

What We Ask, What We Wish [republished in Second Chance Lit/The Phoenix Project]


A Thinner Man [Largehearted Boy]
A Corn Cob of a Man Nips a Little Night Music (Hypocrisy is Dead, Long Live Love, Death and Other Tools of Engagement) [The Daily Drunk]
• Modern Love (I’m Sorry) [Moonchild Magazine]
I Sang the Telephone Book to You the Day You Hung Yourself [Wigleaf]
  (2021 Mythic Picnic Prize in Fiction)
Dear Wigleaf [Wigleaf]
Pet Beds [Flash Boulevard]
En Aeropuertos [New Flash Fiction Review]
Hope [Dream Journal]
When You Entertain Notions of Freedom and the Sea Settles in for the Night and You Think She Might See You Out There, in the Distance [New World Writing]
What the Dreaming Town Says to You, You in This Only Love [Tiny Molecules]
  (Best Microfiction 2021)
Hard Truths About the Soft Lies My Body Tells Me [(mac)ro(mic)]
  (Wigleaf Longlist 2021)
Is Like Little Richard Is [The Daily Drunk]
Feeb [HOOT Review]
The Red Telephone (Sometimes My Life is So Eerie, Or Maybe Just So) [Largehearted Boy]
Favorite [Flash Boulevard]
Reckoning at the Doomsday Prep Food Storage Super Store [Flash Boulevard]
Sing to Me the One About the Righteous Embrace of the Ineffable [X–R-A-Y Literary Magazine]


How Cold the Morning, How Heavy the Waltz (MoonPark Review)
  (Wigleaf Longlist 2020)
At the Super Elastic Bubble Plastic Commercial Shoot [Gone Lawn]
Here Come the Brides! (Trampset)
The Way Lon Chaney and the Woman He Loves Sometimes Forget [Bad Pony]
Misunderstanding and Misinformation in the Recorded History of Identity Storytelling (Okay Donkey)
Space Music from Space Land (Fictive Dream)
Parental Peace Talks (BULL)
The Truth About Florence Henderson’s Floating Notes (Milk Candy Review)


For My Dearest Claire, the New CEO of Airport Therapy Dogs, LLC (Little Fiction)
What We Ask, What We Wish (SleazeMag)
Tilt (Anti-Heroin Chic)
  (Best Small Fictions 2021)
Summer Songs from the Blimp Ruins (Gravel)
Greetings from La Dolce Pantomime (Bending Genres)
Layers (The Disappointed Housewife)
Futures (formercactus)
How to Have a Conversation (The Cabinet of Heed)


These Healing Waters, They Want to Wash Over Me (Five:2: One #thesideshow)
What We Think We Know at This Hour About the Broad Shoulders of Joan Crawford When She Rises After a Restless Night (MoonPark Review)
Simon Hangs a Fingerpainting While Happenstance Glows Like Earthshine (WhiskeyPaper)
  (Wigleaf Longlist 2018)
In Anticipation of a Lionhearted Sigh Under a Dilettante Moon (Unbroken Journal)

Creative Non-Fiction

Cory and His Miracle Mop [Voices of the Winter Solstice / The Burning Hearth (curated by Constance Malloy), 2021]
Beneficiary [jmww Journal, 2021]
Never [Rejection Letters, 2021]
Top Ten Episodes of TV Shows I Watched in 2019 on DVDs That Belonged to My Son Cory (Little Fiction)
Top Ten Songs I Sang Along With on the Drive to and from Work in 2018 (Little Fiction)


with Coffee Contrails (October 2021)
Author Spotlight: Wondrous Real Magazine (April 2021)
with Milk Candy Review (May 2019)
with Tommy Dean (July 2018)


My Fave Five in June 2020 [Bending Genres blog, July 2020]