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.

Happy listening,