Dianne Thomas

I'm a Detroit-based writer whose work has appeared in Octavo, Flashquake, The Threepenny Review, and other online and print publications.


This website offers free reading of my fiction, poetry, vignettes, and more.  

See the download section for available content in pdf form. 

This Week's Highlight


Time of  the Long Shadows


 August air

thick enough to drink

surrounds us as we sit in the sun

waiting for the distant shadows

to overtake us


We cool ourselves with lemonade

and fan our faces

aware that just behind us

our own shadows fall across the grass


Not caring if we notice them

they mock our gestures

exaggerating every motion

in a grotesque ballet


The sun burns on

and we begin to melt


Our shadows deepen

looking less and less like us

and more like clouds of

living darkness

that spread across the landscape

moving with us as we move

growing longer while we wait

Originally published in Octavo

Links to Published Works



Published by Flashquake

Intensities of IV or Less  

Short Stories

The Life of the Party

She thought about just giving up on

the idea of going to the party, but 

when she considered alternatives ...

Memoir & More

 The Talking Wall

Everyone agreed about where the wall came from. It was what was left of an old grocery store... 

Dance without Song

Published by Banshee

What's Left

Published by Alsop Review

Sunday Morning

They would sit in straight-backed chairs and drink coffee at a table

he had made from old boards  

Previously published by Flashquake

My Dinner with Joe 

I don’t think I really wanted to date Joe. Hanging out with a group was fine. But just the two of us ... 

contact: dianne.thomas.online@gmail.com