Cover art by Alan Lastufka.

How I Learned to Read: A Short Story

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Publication Date

August 29, 2023


Print Length

12 Pages



About How I Learned to Read

"How I Learned to Read" is a new flash fiction story by Nicole Dieker, paired with Ai Jiang's "Don't Scratch", in an exclusive split chapbook.

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About the Author

Nicole Dieker is a writer, teacher, and musician. She began her writing career as a full-time freelancer with a focus on personal finance and habit formation; she launched her fiction career with The Biographies of Ordinary People, a definitely-not-autobiographical novel that follows three sisters from 1989 to 2016.

Dieker writes the Larkin Day mystery series. She also maintains an active freelance career; her work has appeared in Vox, Morning Brew, Lifehacker, Bankrate, Haven Life, Popular Science, and more. Dieker spent five years as writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Dieker lives in Quincy, Illinois with the great love of her life, his piano, and their garden.