No Extra Words

one person's search for story


April 2016

Episode 43: Sentenced

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Everyone is sentenced to something on today’s two-part poem/story pairing.

Kicking off the first part, second-time podcast contributor Frederick Foote brings us the story of what happens when one man gets the “Goodbye Blues.” Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Frederick’s website here.

Paired up with “Goodbye Blues” is t.j. peters’ poem “Keel Day” about a most unusual family legacy. Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit t.j.’s website here.

Susan Moorhead kicks off the second part of today’s show with “Perspective,” on what happens when you are forced to listen to everyone’s opinion. Copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Susan’s bio here.

In “Booked,” we speculate on if the lawyer is the one being sentenced. By Zac Locke, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Zac’s bio here.

Don’t forget to send your feedback and cast your vote for the 50th episode coming June 1!

Happy listening,



Meet Episode 43 Contributor Zac Locke


Remember how I told you we had 21 contributors lined up for April? Zac is lucky #11.

Zac Locke lives in West Hollywood, California. His first novella, Beverlywood, was published in 2015 in serial form by Boston’s Novella-T and was read by Robert Petkoff for Audible ( Zac has worked as a baseball umpire, television producer, bartender, gardener, Spanish translator, computer programmer, and lawyer, among others.

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Meet Episode 43 Contributor Frederick K. Foote, Jr.

Click on the picture to hear his audio bio.

Frederick is making his second appearance here on the show. His work previously appeared on Episode 35 back in February.

Frederick Foote has published over ninety stories and poems including literary, science fiction, fables and horror genres. A collection of Frederick’s short stories, For the Sake of Soul was published in October 2015 by Blue Nile Press. Another collection of short stories, Crossroads Encounters, is scheduled for publication in March 2016 by Choose the Sword Press.To see a list of Frederick’s publications, go to:

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Meet the Poets Part 2: t.j. peters and Susan Moorhead

This is the episode where I broke my own rule about one poem per episode on our National Poetry Month episodes. We are squeezing in the work by two talented poets on Episode 43.

Author Photo t.j. peters is a humorist and filmmaker dwelling atop a mount in Los Angeles, CA. To alleviate the mind-numbing rigmarole of the big picture show, t.j. writes short prose and poetry, often relying on irony and paradoxes to examine things large and small in scale. His recent work can be found in “The Blackstone Review”, “Westwind, UCLA’s Journal of the Arts”, “The Higgs Weldon”, and is forthcoming in “Unbroken Journal”. Currently, t.j. is shopping a chapbook of poetry with Chicago-based author Mark Magoon. Find him at or on Twitter.


Susan Moorhead is a poet, writer, and librarian in New York. Her work has appeared in JMWW, Anderbo, Lowestoft Chronicles, and the Crab Creek Review among others.  Nominated three times for a Pushcart prize, recent work includes a chapbook, The Night Ghost, with FInishing Line Press.  She blogs and posts photographs at

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Episode 42: Anywhere or Nowhere Special

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Being somewhere new takes you right out of the place and time you are from.

In “Shells to Call Home,” Lisa finds herself in a moment she struggles to hold onto. By Leah Givens, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Leah’s bio.

Stephanie E. Dickinson takes us into National Poetry Month with a sensory prose poem experience in “Big Headed Anna Nurses her Imaginary Baby at Night in the Bayou.” Copyright 2015, used with permission. Visit Stephanie’s website.

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois rounds us out with the particular loneliness of a day at sea in “A Cruise Day.” Copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Mitchell’s bio.

Please don’t forget to vote for your favorite story from our archives and send your feedback for our 50th episode!

Happy listening,



Vote for Your Favorite Story and Help Us Celebrate!

UPDATE: LAST DAY to vote and send feedback is Friday, April 29. Click on the picture to participate.

Our June 1 episode promises to be a big one. It will mark our 50th regular episode AND our birthday! No Extra Words released its first episode on May 29, 2015.

To celebrate, our June 1 episode will feature the best of our archives, with stories chosen by you, the listeners, as well as new content and your feedback.

To do all  that I need your help. CLICK ON THE PICTURE to vote and send feedback. As always, we won’t spam you or collect your email address, and you can even be anonymous. Check below for the list of stories nominated, or select any story you like from our archives. And don’t forget to tune in June 1 for this very special celebration of the podcast, our listeners, and flash fiction.


You don’t have to listen to all to vote, but the great thing about our show is its brevity. If you listen to every episode on this list it will take just about 2 hours…and what a delightful way to spend 2 hours.

“A Parable on the Challenge of Being an Unpublished Writer” by Tom Farr (Episode 4)

“On/Off” by Taylor Eaton (Episode 6)

“The Frog Prince” by Lucy Mitchell (Episode 7)

“Mama Said” by Brett Vickers (Episode 19)

“Chipped” by Tina Tocco (Episode 23)

“How My Parents Fell in Love” by Dallas Woodburn (Episode 28)

“The Thing That Lives Inside My Closet” by Brandon Madden (Episode 29)

“Grow Jesus” by Gabe Congdon (Episode 30)

“Our Kind of Town” by Adam Kluger (Episode 33)

“Live Action Regret” by Cynthia Romanowski (Episode 41)

Happy listening!



Meet Episode 42 Contributor Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

His first story with us but not his last, which is good because I know I get another shot at pronouncing his name correctly.


Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Queen’s Ferry Press’s Best Small Fictions for work published in 2011 through 2015. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.

Happy listening,


Meet Episode 42 Contributor Leah Givens

Leah’s writing has previously appeared in The Citron Review and The Healing Muse, among others. She received an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and has worked in medical research and photography.

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Baseball Opening Day 2016: Special Episode #5

Special Episode

A celebration of the National Pastime, flash fiction style.

In “The Game of His Life,” the life of a ballplayer turns on this one important game. By Jeff Dupuis, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Jeff’s bio or hear his previous contribution to the show.

As with all our April episodes, this one contains a poem. “Minors”  is a great tribute to minor league baseball in all its glory. By Francis DiClemente, copyright 2012, used with permission. This piece was originally published in his poetry chapbook Pursuit of Infinity (Finishing Line Press.) Visit Francis’ website or hear his previous contribution to the show.

There is a special pleasure and a special pain to being a Cubs fan. Angela Lombardo has been there in “1969 All Over Again.” Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Angela’s website, where she shares her fabulous work as a cartoonist.

“Spring Tryouts” is the story of one baseball player with more heart than talent. By Eddie Snipes, copyright 2009, used with permission. Visit Eddie’s website.

This episode also introduces the podcast “Attagirl: women and girls in baseball.” Find Attagirl in iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app or check out the community on Facebook.

It was a real pleasure to put together this special episode to commemorate a special day. I hope you enjoy it!

Happy listening and happy baseball season,



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