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Although short stories have been around throughout history in the form of myths, fables, and legends, the short story as a distinct art form arose only during the 19th century, just in time for the busy age we all live in.
Dr. Michael Krasny is Professor of English at San Francisco State University. He earned his M.A. from Ohio University, where he is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Professor Krasny has published a variety of fiction, literary criticism, and political commentary. He is the coauthor of Sound Ideas (McGraw-Hill) and author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life (Stanford University Press, 2007), which was on the San Francisco Chronicle and the Marin Independent Journal best-seller lists. Professor Krasny hosts KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs radio program. He is a veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures and worked for many years as host of one of ABC's highest-rated radio programs. He has worked as host of KQED's television programs This Week in Northern California and Civic Space and as substitute host for National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation. Professor Krasny received four Kudo Awards from American Women in Radio and Television and the National Public Radio Award from the American Publishers Association. He received two Emmy nominations for his television work.