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April 2016

Episode 45: Everything Must Go

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Sometimes you have to lose everything to know where you are. Sometimes your stuff defines you more than you think.

“Spring Cleaning” is a poem about setting the stuff in the FREE box that you really need to get rid of. By Charles O’Hay, copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Charles’ website.

Sometimes the things you want to hid away don’t really fit into “Storage,” the final poem of our National Poetry Month celebration. By Margaret Adams, copyright 2005, used with permission. Visit Margaret’s website.

Is eating stuff the best way to get rid of it, asks Len Kuntz in “Oreo.” Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Len’s website.

The everyday becomes so powerful it is made illegal in “Soup.” By Tino Mori, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Tino’s bio.

Don’t forget to send your listener feedback for our 50th episode and vote for your favorite story by Friday, April 29.

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Meet Episode 45 Contributor Tino Mori

As of this posting, we have now reached 100 contributors to the show. One hundred different individuals have contributed either a short story, flash nonfiction, or a poem to the show (some of them more than one.) I am so very proud of our list of former contributors and many more are scheduled.

Tino Mori has been writing novels since the age of eleven, each successive manuscript containing fewer elf mages than the last.  In 2015 he won a One Act play contest at Whitman College with his humorous whodunnit, “Groudnut Stew.”  Now, fresh out of college, Tino hopes to find a job that can pay the bills while he continues to write stories, design board games and prepare onion soup.

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Meet Episode 45 Contributor Len Kuntz

Len Kuntz is an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans and the author of the story collection I’m Not Supposed to Be Here and Neither are You from Unknown Books.  You can also find him at

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Meet the Poets Part 3: Margaret Adams and Charles O’Hay

This week is our final National Poetry Month episode. We have so enjoyed bringing you a smattering of poetry alongside our usual short stories.IMG_2172

Margaret Adams is a Maine-born writer and family nurse practitioner living in Seattle, Washington. A former columnist for The Bangor Daily News and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her stories and essays have most recently appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Portland Review, and The Delmarva Review. When not at her day job or bike-commuting, Margaret enjoys patronizing coffee shops, hiking, and checking too many books out of the library.  Her website is

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Charles O’Hay is the author of two collections—Far from Luck (2011) and Smoking in Elevators (2014)—both from Lucky Bat Books. His work has appeared in over 125 journals, including New York Quarterly, Cortland Review, and Gargoyle. A sampling of his poems and photographs can be seen at


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Episode 44: A Poetry Slam…featuring Prose

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Celebrating National Poetry Month with six fantastic pieces…five poems of all different styles and feels and one short story. Can you spot who is who?

Kicking off with a little “Perspective.” This is the second episode in a row we have shared a piece called “Perspective,” and I love how two different authors can go two different ways with it. By Janelle Cordero, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Janelle’s bio.

Did you ever wonder what kind of punctuation you would be? Jaclyn Tan does in “Ellipses.” Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Jaclyn’s website.

“Apollo” is the story of a dog. Well, sort of. It’s really so much more than the story of a dog. By Devyn Millette, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Devyn’s bio.

“Kid” is the story of…well, I won’t tell you what I thought “Kid” was the story of the first time I read it. I’ll just let you listen. By Jen Karetnick, copyright 2013, used with permission. Visit Jen’s website.

Do you participate in the “Transoceanic Twitter” as described by Alex Dreppec? If so, you should tweet me. Copyright 2013, used with permission. Visit Alex’s website.

Ellen Girardeau Kempler leaves us today with some essential “Travel Tips.” You’re gonna need them. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Ellen’s bio.

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Meet Episode 44 Contributors Part 3: Jen Karetnick and Jaclyn Tan

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Jen Karetnick is the author of seven collections of poetry, including two that are forthcoming: American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) and The Treasures That Prevail, September 2016). Her poems, essays, articles and interviews have been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies including, Guernica, North American Review, Poet’s Market 2013, Poets & Writers, Prairie Schooner and River Styx. She works as the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School and as a freelance dining critic and lifestyle journalist for outlets including, FSR Magazine,, MIAMI Magazine,, USA Today and Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Based in Miami, she is also the author/co-author of award-winning cookbooks, including Mango (University Press of Florida, 2014).

Jaclyn Tan is an 18 year old student from Singapore, who loves extended metaphors and secretly dreams of writing for a living one day. She never used to show her writing to others, but is trying to broaden her comfort zone. She can be found along with her friend, Rachel at

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Meet Episode 44 Contributors Part 2: Ellen Girardeau Kempler and Devyn Millette

Ellen in Patagonia smallEllen Girardeau Kempler is an award-winning nonfiction writer and poet. A solo trip to Ireland inspired her to launch her Gold Boat Journeys (Creative Cultural Travel Tours). She believes true words can move mountains. Read her story and subscribe to her newsletter, Wanderer’s Weekly, at The winner of Ireland’s Blackwater International Poetry Competition, Ellen will spend part of her summer traveling around Ireland reading poetry. This week she has some “Travel Tips” for us, so a picture of her on the road seemed more than appropriate.

Devyn Millette is currently a university student getting a degree for criminal justice. She pursues writing in her free time by writing flash fiction and short stories. She enjoys writing fiction and loves reading dystopian novels. We are delighted to have her making her publication debut here on the show.

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Special Episode #6: Meet the Author: Mary Alice Long

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, and the chance to have an interview feature on the show. Today I am delighted to bring you the third of those interviews.

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Mary’s story “Wild Ones” appeared back on Episode 33 in February. She and I had a great chat about writing, reading, and inspiration. We tried to come up with a roller derby writing metaphor and totally cracked the code of the Star Wars franchise. I enjoyed chatting with Mary and hope you enjoy listening in.

Since our chat, Mary  has had two new pieces published she hopes you’ll check out. One is at weirderary and one is at Loud Zoo.

Please enjoy this special feature and tune in next week for Episode 44, where we play with the line between poem and story.

I hope you’ll check out our Contributor Appreciation Month sponsor, your home for serialized literature online,

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Meet Episode 44 Contributors Part 1: Alex Dreppec and Jannelle Cordero

Careful readers of this blog will note that Fridays in April have been our “Meet the Poets” feature, where we introduce the people responsible for adding a shot of poetry to our short story podcast during National Poetry Month. However, this week’s episode plays with that boundary between poetry and prose, which is not always as clear-cut as one might think. I am therefore not giving you advance notice as to who the poets are and are not. Instead, today we introduce two of the six (!) contributors who share their work on Episode 44.

++Alex Dreppec klein 1409_N_122-396E_M_Alex Dreppec is a German author with hundreds of publications (both poetry and science) in German journals and anthologies, both the most renowned (“Der große Conrady” – since 2008) and the best sold among them, and a lot of publications in the US and the UK. He won the “Wilhelm Busch” Prize in 2004.

Janelle Cordero is a poet, painter and community college teacher living in the Pacific SITTING BY WATERNorthwest. Janelle worked as a soda fountain waitress, peach orchard laborer, and shoe salesman before earning her B.A. in English from Whitworth University, followed by her M.F.A. in Poetry from Pacific University. Janelle’s poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Harpur Palate and The Louisville Review, and her paintings have been featured in venues in and around Spokane, Washington. Her debut poetry collection, Two Cups of Tomatoes, was released in October 2015.

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