No Extra Words

one person's search for story


February 2016

Meet Episode 37 Contributor Ashley Williams


I really appreciate the diversity of voices who are willing to share their stories on the show, from retirees to talented students like Ashley.

Ashley Williams is a junior at Harrison School for the Arts. She studies creative writing, and hopes to be an author one day. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching Netflix for hours on end, petting her three dogs, or crying over a Disney movie. You can keep up with her at

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Meet Episode 37 Contributor Nels Hanson

New for the March episodes: we are offering our contributors the chance to add a photo to their bio. Thanks to Nels Hanson for being the first, and please let us know what you think of the change!

In addition to being a contributor on this week’s episode, Nels Hanson was a winner of January’s Contributor Appreciation Month promotion, so look for a bonus episode all about Nels coming very soon.

Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 12, and 2014. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review and other magazines and received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.

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Episode 36: The Moment Between

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“The Intruders” by Joel Allegretti describes the moment when things appear. Copyright 2012, first published in 2013 in Thrice Fiction, republished in 2015 as part of the anthology SHALE: Extreme Fiction for Extreme Conditions and used with permission here on the show. Visit Joel’s website.

“Caught Between,” written and read for you by Pat Obermeier, is about a woman who dreams of time travel. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Pat’s website.

Rounding out the show today is “A Place Between the Places We Call Home” by Emma Wren, a piece which attempts to answer a very common and very big question. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Emma’s website.

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Writing Prompt: Tell Me Your Baseball Stories


I thought the arrival of baseball season was a big event in my life, but it turns out I have nothing on the fandom of my toddler. He has been waiting for this. He may not know about pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training last week, but he does know about sunshine and that it’s time to go outside and play “Bat-Ball.”

In his honor and also because I love it, we would like to release a baseball opening day special episode and we thought that you, the listeners, might have some baseball stories to share. So send them and let’s get this season started!

Here’s the way this works:

  • Send your 1,000 word or less fiction or nonfiction baseball stories (will also accept poetry)
  • Make sure they are your own work (plagiarism is bad karma)
  • Email them to or leave them on the listener feedback line at (425) 686-9495
  • Be sure to include your name and indicate how to pronounce it if it’s a tricky one.
  • Deadline: Friday, March 18

Happy baseball season,


A Quick Submissions and Calendar Update

I think I don’t say enough how grateful I am that writers send their work to us. Whether it ends up being a good fit or not, it is an honor to get to read work and to know that writers would trust their work in our hands.

We received 89 submissions from our call for poetry submissions. The original plan was to select 4 poems and include one in each episode released in April, but it was very hard to narrow it down that far, so we shifted some things around and made space for a few extra poems while still maintaining our core as a short story podcast. It was still a lot of rejections to send, though, and I am still recovering from that. But we have a lot to look forward to in April.

With the end of the poetry submissions, the April calendar is closed. Flash fiction submissions are still open and we are reading flash fiction right now for May and June. We would love to read your work!

Happy writing,


Meet Episode 36 Contributor Emma Wren

Another 3-story episode, on its way!

Emma Wren goes to NYU. She is very much on twitter at @theewren. She likes to write plays. She likes to swim. She is confused, too.

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Meet Episode 36 Contributor Pat Obermeier

This next contributor has a new book out that I definitely think sounds interesting in the context of the current political climate, so I’m going to have to go check that out. She reads her own short story for our podcast and it is fantastic.

The recipient of four Emmy awards and numerous Promax and BDA awards, Pat Obermeier worked in the TV industry in New York City for close to twenty years. Prior to that she spent two years in the morass of DC politics at a political network and came out unscathed. Her novel, “The President Factor, The Reality Show That Rocked a Nation” was released Fall 2015. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “Incisive political satire.” You can read about it on her website,

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Meet Episode 36 Contributor Joel Allegretti

Here we go again with another week and another great episode on its way.

Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently “The Body in Equipoise” (Full Court Press, 2015), a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design. His second book, “Father Silicon” (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by the Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He additionally is the editor of “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems” (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. His website is

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Episode 35: What They Expect

FLASHAren’t we all, to one degree or another, just putting on a show?

Frederick K. Foote, Jr.’s “Blue-Black” takes us to the heart of the Jim Crow South and leaves us wondering what the rules are. Copyright 2015 and used with permission, read for you by the author. Visit his website.

In “Life in Repetition,” a mother must deal with the reality of her world when others have a choice to face it or not. By Sheila M. Good, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit her website.

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