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October 2015

Meet Episode 20 Contributor Charles Rammelkamp

Episode 20 is a fun one for me because it features not just one but two contributors reading their own work! One of them is the delightfully talented Charles Rammelkamp.

Charles Rammelkamp edits an online literary journal called The Potomac – http://thepotomacjournal.com. He is also the prose editor for BrickHouse Books in Baltimore, where he lives. His latest book, a collection of poems called MATA HARI: EYE OF THE DAY, was published in the spring by Apprentice House (Loyola University). He’s written a number of stories about Potawatomi Rapids, which is the setting for this episode’s story. Check online at Hamilton Stone Review, Loch Raven Review, for instance.

Happy reading,

Kris

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Episode 19: Improving the Truth

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Storytelling at its finest.

“Mama Said” covers all the things Mama said, from her solid advice to her thoughts on what to do with her after she dies. By Brett Vickers, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read his bio here.

In “21 Days,” we are left to wonder which version of the story is better, the one Grandma told or the truth. By Tina Tocco, copyright 2013, used with permission. Read her bio here.

“Going off the Rails” is the story of one epic move. By Brianne Holmes, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here.

“Reception” is what happens when the bridesmaid comes properly armed. By PJ Sambeaux, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read her bio here.

As always, we look forward to hearing what you think!

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 19 Contributors Part 4: PJ Sambeaux

Words cannot describe how excited I am to release this episode…such an adventure to put together so many super short stories in just the right way, plus they are awesome. Make sure you tune in Wednesday!

P.J. Sambeaux’s work has appeared in such magazines as Space Squid, Apocrypha and Abstractions, The Broken City, Alliterati, and Flash Fiction Magazine, and is forthcoming in Maudlin House. She is currently working on her second novel, The Art of Gift Giving and Saying Goodbye, about a suicidal secretary who is obsessed with Chernobyl. She currently lives in Pittsburgh.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 19 Contributors Part 3: Brianne Holmes

Brianne Holmes is a freelance and fiction writer. Her fiction has appeared in Burningword Literary Journal, the Journal of Microliterature, and The Café Irreal. She has served on the literary staff of the Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature and Art and as an editorial assistant for the North Carolina Literary Review. A native of South Carolina, she currently lives in Greenville, NC.

There is a Part 4 coming…this episode is jam-packed!

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 19 Contributors Part 2: Tina Tocco

Tina holds the distinction of being our very first contributor to share multiple stories on No Extra Words. Her short story “21 Days” will be featured next week, and her short story “Chipped” is scheduled for Episode 23 in late November. Which means she entrusted us with a second contribution before even hearing how the first one sounded, so I sincerely hope it meets with her approval. “21 Days” first appeared in the Winter 2013 edition of the Potomac Review and is used with permission on No Extra Words.

Tina Tocco’s flash fiction has appeared in Roanoke Review, River Styx, Crab Creek Review, Harpur Palate, Passages North, Portland Review, Italian Americana, Rathalla Review, and Fiction Fix, among others. She was a finalist in CALYX’s 2013 Flash Fiction Contest, a semifinalist in The Conium Review’s 2014 Flash Fiction Contest, and an honorable mention in the River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. Her interview on flash and the craft of writing, “No Wasted Words,” appears in Roanoke Review. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell.

Happy listening,
Kris

Episode 19 Contributors Part 1: Brett Vickers

We are attempting a NEW (hey, never tried that abbreviation before, niiice) first next week: 4 stories, 4 contributors, still aiming for under 15 minutes. I have been so excited to bring these short shorts to you and to share with you these talented writers, starting with Brett.

Brett Vickers teaches high school English in San Jose, California. Besides teaching, he enjoys writing, reading, drinking craft beer, and devouring Mexican food. He is truly amazed and humbled whenever someone appreciates his work.

To steal Brett’s words, I am amazed and humbled when any author appreciates the show enough to share their work on it. Now I have to get back to editing Episode 19!

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 18: If They Don’t Know What’s Wrong With You

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Sometimes it’s obvious who is crazy. Sometimes it’s not.

In “A Junior Whopper, Please, With Cheese,” a sign held up by a homeless man inspires a restaurant worker to make a human connection. By James Hartman, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read his bio here.

In “Min-Max-Out,” listeners are taken through the phases of life at the behavioral unit in Mass General. By Emm Rose Borgerding, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read her bio here.

As always, we would love to hear what you think! Leave a comment or rate the show wherever you get your podcasts.

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet Episode 18 Contributor Emm Borgerding

Episode 18 is a few hours late but will be posted by the end of today. In the meantime, here’s the bio of our second contributor and I am so looking forward to sharing her story with you.

Emm Rose Borgerding hates theatre majors. She’s a nursing student and barista in Cedar Rapids, IA and has a secret passion for gas station donuts. She has been published in the Coe Review, The Pearl, Saltwater Comet and others. She can be found on Facebook or in the First and Collins Starbucks.

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet Episode 18 Contributor James Hartman

Super delayed on getting contributor bios out this week, so sorry, but episode 18 will be up tomorrow on schedule.

James Hartman’s short fiction has appeared in Blue Five Notebook, Peaches Literary Magazine, Gravel Literary Journal, and Spelk. His literary criticism is forthcoming in The Hemingway Review. He has a History degree from Adrian College, an English degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Eastern Kentucky University. He lives in Michigan with his wife, and teaches at Adrian College.

Happy listening,

Kris

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