In this episode we take you on a journey. We have 10 artists, over a dozen stories, poems and a featured song that will all transport you to another place, another time, at the very least another vantage point.
Writers, Poets and Artists (in order of appearance):
Clive Collins- “Into Africa”
Yvonne Higgins Leach- “The Woman Only Wanted Water,” “Walter, Wrongly Convicted,” and “We Cancel Thanksgiving Dinner After the 2016 Election Results”
Brendan Walsh- “A Good Beer,” “In La Jolla, Drinking Blue Label at Dusk,” and “No Life, No Hope”
Lisa Biggar- “Blood Moon”
Arusha Topazzini- “Ovento”
Sergio A. Ortiz- “If it Rains and Night Arrives”
Amy Nemecek- “A Daughter’s Keepsake”
Joe Roberts- “How to Know You’re Being Invaded: A Story Problem,” and “Someday, When a Child Asks me About Kites”
Susan Koefod- “Singed”
Lenny DellaRocca- “Big John”
Thematic Music provided by Kai Engel
What we have here is our annual dance party featuring 8 authors reading microfiction works featured in Blink Ink.
And we are graced with musical accompaniment from Nick Busheff.
Joe Halstead is the author of West Virginia, a novel available from Unnamed Press. His work has appeared in People Holding, Cultured Vultures, Cheat River Review, The Stockholm Review, and others.
The Unnamed Press publishes literature from around the world. Whether it's fiction, memoir or something in between, we are always interested in unlikely protagonists, undiscovered territories and courageous voices.
A former commercial real estate broker in the 1990’s, Mr. Potter now spends his time writing about all things real estate related. His first book, entitled The Flip: The True Life Story of How a Successful New Tract Home Investor Went from Zero to Hero, Back to Zero, received critical acclaim from New York Times best sellers, PhD’s to HGTV hosts. He believes someone should start an organization called, Real Estate without Borders.
What you’re going to hear about specifically is:
Daniel DiFranco lives in Philadelphia. He teaches high school English and music. He plays in a band. He likes short, clear sentences. He often throws in a longer clause to balance out the rhythm of a paragraph. His work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, LitroNY, Philadelphia Stories, The Molotov Cocktail, and other fine publications. He is a regular contributor at Geekadelphia.
Daniel will read for us today "When You Find Yourself at the Center of the Earth", which he scored and recorded himself. It’s a reprint from the Winter 2015 issue of Hypertrophic Press.
Those People is a collection of multi-instrumentalists who create songs that “take the listener on a sonic journey chock full of inventive vocal harmonies, interesting melody, and lyrical content,” (Jennifer Logue, Rock On Philly).
Jonathan Cardew is a short story writer and editor based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His short [and very short] fiction appears in Atticus Review, Segue, Jellyfish Review, Microfiction Monday, Flash Frontier, People Holding, among other places. He teaches writing at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he also edits The Phoenix Literary and Arts Magazine. He is from a city in the north of England, known for its knives.
Make sure and stick around after the stories to hear two guys nerding out and making Star Wars jokes.
"Pretend-Phoning" was first published in Spelk Fiction and “The Girl who had a TIE-fighter for a Nose” was first published in The Forge Literary Magazine.
Hillary Leftwich is a native of Colorado and currently lives in Denver with her son. In her day jobs, she has worked as a private investigator, maid, and pinup model. Her writing appeared recently in NANO Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, One Sentence Love Stories with Meg Pokrass and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review. Her flash fiction story, “Free Lunch,” is forthcoming in Progenitor and was also nominated for The Pushcart Prize. You can follow her on twitter @HillaryLeftwich.
This is a live recording at Denver's F-Bomb.
Steven Dunn is the author of the novel Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016)
He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.
In this episode Steven reads 6 stories from Potted Meat and then we talk about childhood, spankings, Steven's writing journey and much more.
It's a smorgasbord of audio art. Two unique bands with genre bending styles, flash fiction, poetry and a short story. It's almost too much. Almost.
We're taking a break, be back in fall of 2016.
*All Human is donating a song to those affected by the Orlando tragedy.
Blink-Ink is a print only quarterly of succinct fiction, featuring stories of about 50 words, plus some original art and photography. You can find them at www.blink-ink.org
11 authors reading 25+ microfiction stories. In order of appearance we have: Catfish McDaris, Nancy Stohlman, Meg Tuite, Jonathan Cardew, Jayne Martin, Gay Degani, Paul Beckman, Sharon Coleman, Lynn Mundell, and headlined by Blink Ink’s team and featured dancers Sally Reno and Doug Matthewson.
"Religions are not Potatoes" is a fullcast audio production from Gabriel Granillo and Michael Minassian reads his tale of Edgar Allen Poe's last three days in "Appointment in Baltimore." We finish the episode with a lovely Russian peasant song, derived from the music of the Romanov court, now fallen into oblivion from Sophie Paulette Jupillat.
In this episode we team up with another awesome literary podcast, The Other Stories. Ilana Masad, the host and founder gives us the skinny on The Other Stories and then we have four authors reading stories from previous Other Stories episodes. Readings from: Todd Dillard, Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz, Tyler Barton, and Kit Haggard.
The F-Bomb is Denver's premier flash fiction event, happening every month at Denver's own Mercury Cafe. January's F-Bomb "Mouth Crimes" featured Gay Degani and Sally Reno, with the fantacular Kathy Fish as our host. This is a live recording, prepare to get F-Bombed.
Steve Karas lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids. He is the author of Kinda Sorta American Dream and Mesogeios. His stories have also appeared in the short-fiction anthologies Friend.Follow.Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline and Bully, as well as literary journals like Necessary Fiction, jmww, Hobart, and Little Fiction. He can be found online at steve-karas.com or on Twitter at @Steve_Karas.
Four fantastic writers in this episode: Meghan Phillips, Timothy Herrick (Timhrklit.com), Penny Perkins and Bud Smith each reading a piece or two of flash fiction.
Musical guest is "psychofunk" band Voodoo Visionary from Atlanta, GA.
An awesome collaboration episode with Boston Literary Magazine and Big Table Publishing. Eight noteworthy authors: Tina Barry, April Bradley, Richard H. Fox, Jayne Martin, Laura Rodley, Renuka Raghavan, Paul Beckman, and Doug Mathewson. Special thanks to Robin Stratton EIC of BLM and acquisitions editor at BTP.
The Airgonaut is an online literary journal of flash fiction started in 2015.
The journal is new, but the editors are experienced. We’re an Alanis song. We’re anonymous because all that matters is the work.
This is a flash fiction piece by Levi Andrew Noe called "Broken Wishbones" published by The Airgonaut in Nov. 2015.
Rift, the newest release from Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish from Unknown Press is a co-authored collection of flash fiction. In this episode Kathy and Robert read several stories from their new novel. During the interview they discuss bringing the book to life, indie publishing, their writers' journey and give lots of great advice to new and aspiring writers.
Christopher D. DiCicco was born in Pennsylvania during the winter of 1981. He lives by a canal and writes fiction in his attic. His work has appeared in such places as Atticus Review, Superstition Review, WhiskeyPaper, Bartleby Snopes, and Gone Lawn.
Featuring 11 never-before-seen stories, So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds propels DiCicco into the spotlight as the next major voice in indie fiction.
Hypertrophic Press is a small indie publisher based in Huntsville, Alabama. Their goal is to publish passion and pieces that make the reader feel something: elation, fear, desperation - whatever.
Nicholas B. Morris is the author of two short-story collections, Tapeworm and The Boy in the Well, both available from Monkey Puzzle Press. He teaches humanities and literature at the Community College of Denver, and is one of the founders of the F-Bomb Reading Series that takes place the third Tuesday of every month at the Mercury Café.
Ann Lamparski is an online English tutor from Lansing, Illinois. She works from her home office and was a newspaper editor and reporter in the past. Her work has appeared in Mash Stories, Inner Sins, Wild Violet Literary Magazine, and Nite-Writer’s International Literary Arts Journal.
Philip Kuan is an aspiring Californian writer with a healthy interest in befuddling readers. Some of his favorite authors include Charles Dickens, Tolkien, and Franz Kafka, among others. He has been published in several short story magazines, and is always looking for constructive feedback at http://philkuan.wordpress.com/
Timothy Boudreau is a New Hampshire native, and currently lives in Sugar Hill with his wife, Judy. He has published fiction in various journals and anthologies, and has recently completed a short story collection.
Annelise Altman is a writer from the UK and besides working on her novel, she also writes short stories, flash fiction and poetry. Most recently her writing has appeared online at Ad Hoc and 101 words and she has had several pieces of short fiction accepted elsewhere for publication later in the year, including Spelk Fiction.