The Book

What They Don't Know (2015), a collection of short fiction by Jo-Anne Rosen, is available on Amazon as well as in Kindle and Smashwords editions. It can also be borrowed from the Sonoma County library in print and electronic editions.

What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction. Jo-Anne H. Rosen

Long and short fiction and memoir published in print and on-line journals and in anthologies. Some of these stories also appear in What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction.


Eclectica Magazine,My Body Is My Biz,” Vol. 26, No. 4, November 2022, Spotlight article for this issue. Reprinted May 21, 2023 on The Rialto Report.


Sundial Magazine, “Anything But Sheep,” January 1, 2024

Winged Penny Review, “Body Parts,” Issue 1, November 2023. Reprint, previously published in Prick of the Spindle,* Vol. 7.1, March 2013+

Hare's Paw, “Deep Space,” Issue 13, November 2023 (flash)

Big City Lit, “Driving in the Dark,” Summer 2023 (published 10/26/23)

The Write Launch,Ashes of Old Lovers,” September 2023

Arlington Literary Journal,The Nymphs at the Vagabond Motel," Issue 183, August 2023. Reprint, previously published in Poydras Review,* April 2018.

Workers Write! Tales From the Club (anthology from Blue Cubicle Press, edited by David LaBounty), “Boondocks,” April 2023. Reprint, originally published in The Dickens, 2001+

Flash Fiction Friday, “Dating Game,” February 24, 2023 (100-word micro).

Microfiction Monday,Traveling Salesman, 1927,” 163rd edition, December 5, 2022 (100-word micro)

The Write Launch, “Transit Visa to Redemption,” Issue 52, August 2021

Big City Lit,At the Casino with Two Jacks,” Summer 2020. Nominated for a Pushcart prize.

Change Seven,Our Late Lamented Union,” Spring 2020

Flash Fiction Magazine, “Anna's Hummingbird,” May 16, 2020 (flash)

*The Copperfield Review, “The Emperor's Cloak,” November 2019

The Write Launch, “The Good Samaritan,” Issue 27, July 2019

Flash Fiction, reprint of “Liberating,” July 9, 2019 (flash)
   Originally published in The Adroit Journal, 2013

Spank the Carp, “I Found Your Leg," Pond 51, June 1, 2019

The Write Spot: Memories (print anthology edited by Marlene Cullen),
    “Our Happiness," May 2019

Valparaiso Fiction Review, Crossing Borders," Vol. 8, Issue 1, Winter 2018

Amsterdam Quarterly, Family Again," AQ23-Genealogy, September, 2018;
    also in Amsterdam Quarterly 2018 Yearbook, p. 92.

Five on the Fifth,The Dude Who Stole Her New Shoes," Vol. 3, Issue 1,
    November 5, 2017

The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries, October 2017
(print anthology edited by Marlene Cullen, all of these are flash fiction):
   • “All the Little Savages”
   • “Long Shadows Cast by Mars,” reprint
      originally published in Flashquake, Vol. 9, Issue 2, Winter 2010*
   • “So Small an Outrage,”  reprint
      originally published in Roman Candles, 2004*

The Rush,The Vase," June 2017

Valparaiso Fiction Review, Learning a Language," Vol. 6, Issue 2, May 2017

Lime Hawk,Loma Prieta Bridgework,” Issue 11, February 2017

Peacock Journal,Chins Up,” January 2017 (flash)

Panoplyzine,Mother's Day,” May 2016 (116-word micro)

Redux, reprint of “Intruders,” May 2014.
    Originally published in The Florida Review, 1988+

Pithead Chapel,Miss Kelly Citation Tire,” February 2014+

The Summerset Review,The Luckiest Man Alive,” Fall 2010+

95% Naked (anthology edited by Dan Coshnear), “Soap,” 2010

Penhouse Ink, Vol. 3: Remembering Our Future, “Give Us This Day,” 2004 (flash)

The Dickens, “A Devil of a Girl,” 2000+

Other Voices, “Each After Its Kind,” 1989 (read it at: chapbooks-online)+

Room of One’s Own, “What They Don’t Know,” 1986+

Novel (in progress)

Embark, A Map of the Mind (opening pages), July 2017

*Journal website now off-line
+Also published in What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction