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March 2016

Episode 41: An Unopened Present

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Today is all about young women main characters navigating the life after what happened.

In “Live Action Regret,” it’s about what you do and don’t tell the new boyfriend about your twisted past. By Cynthia Romanowski and read to you in her voice. Copyright 2014, used with permission. Read her awesome bio here.

In “A-88” it’s about becoming a woman in a complicated time and place and where you go from there…and what stays behind. By Meher Ali, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit her website.

It has been a delight to bring you five episodes and two specials during the month of March. More great short fiction fun is ahead…stay tuned!

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet Episode 41 Contributor Meher Ali

Because we are a podcast of short short fiction we are also often a website of short short bios. I hope these teasers make you want to hear more from these writers, particularly this week.

Meher Ali is a freelance journalist and writer from Aligarh, a university town in Uttar Pradesh, India. You can find more of her work at meherali.contently.com.

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet Episode 41 Contributor Cynthia Romanowski

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I love Cynthia’s bio because the voice in it is just perfect for her story. I hope it makes you look forward to hearing her voice because, man, are you in for a treat.

Cynthia Romanowski is just another asshole with an MFA. Her short stories have appeared in places you’ve never heard of. She lives in Orange County California, which is unfortunate. Please follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/cynmrom but avoid her in person. She blogs irregularly at https://cynthiaromanowski.com.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 40: Spending Eternity

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Maybe it’s forever…or maybe it just feels like it.

“Farmer’s Wife Turns Hubby Into Scarecrow”…but she had a reason to. Honest. By Sally Stevens, copyright 2009, used with permission. Read Sally’s bio here.

“The Cat on Snow” is one of those moments that seem suspended in time. By Tim Fredrick, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Tim’s website.

“Chickens” is about one woman’s move into the country. By Carol Arnett, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read Carol’s bio here.

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet Episode 40 Contributor Carol Arnett

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After finishing college with a degree in English, Carol Arnett worked as a technical writer, training developer, and community college teacher. She currently works as a reporter for her town’s daily paper. She returned to school and earned her MFA from Lindenwood University in 2011. She enjoys writing about ordinary people facing extraordinary situations.

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet Episode 40 Contributor Tim Fredrick

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Tim Fredrick is a writer and teacher from Queens, NY. His writing interests include literary fiction that explores relationships with family, making a family, and the longing we all have for connection. He is the author of We Regret to Inform You, a collection of short stories exploring masculinity and relationships. His stories have appeared in Pif Magazine, Circa, Wilde Magazine, and Burningword. He’s been featured on NY1, DNAinfo, Boro Magazine, and New York Daily News. His website is http://www.timfredrick.com

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet Episode 40 Contributor Sally Stevens

Sally reads her story for us in her own wonderful voice.

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Sally Stevens is a singer/lyricist and choral director working in film, TV, and sound recordings in Los Angeles. She’s run away to the U of Iowa writing workshops every summer for the last 16 years, pretending to be an actual writer.  Along the way, she’s written lyrics for Burt Bacharach, (“There Is Time”, recorded by Burt and the Houston Symphony) Dave Grusin, (“Who Comes This Night?” recorded by James Taylor in his first Christmas CD) among others. Her poems have appeared in Mockingheart Review and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal.

Happy listening,

Kris

Meet the Author: Sarah Mitchell-Jackson Special Episode

Back in January we had a Contributor Appreciation promotion, where we randomly drew four winners from our list of contributors. They received a prize from our sponsor, Channillo.com and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the second of those interviews.

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This episode introduces you to Sarah Mitchell-Jackson, whose story, as with our special episode from two weeks ago, was featured on last week’s episode. Sarah was kind enough to jump onto Skype with me and talk about her writing, her inspirations, and what it’s like to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

I hope you enjoy this special feature, and stay tuned for a new episode with three short stories coming next week.

Please check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online, Channillo.com

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 39: Sum of the Parts

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There’s more than “Frozen Food” in Grandma’s freezer. By Francis DiClemente, copyright 2014, used with permission. Visit his website.  “Frozen Food” was originally published in the magazine The Literary Hatchet.

Holding the center today is the monster “Charybdis.” By Michelle Dotter, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read her bio here.

Sometimes “The Chair” really is so much more than just that. By Sarah Mitchell-Jackson, copyright 2009, used with permission. Visit her website.

Happy listening,

Kris

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