For us here in Seattle, baseball opening day is Monday. I am hoping to have this special episode out by tomorrow, which is the official start of Major League Baseball. For our friends over at the high school, baseball season has been going strong for a month now. However you are celebrating (as a friend of mine says, Baseball Opening Day should be a national holiday,) here are three more of the fabulous storytellers bringing us this week’s baseball special.

noah and susan 2017Susan Vollenweider has been with us on a special episode before and as she primarily writes nonfiction I am glad to have this opportunity to welcome her back. She is a columnist for The Kansas City Star and one half of the women’s history podcast and writing team, The History Chicks. A Special Events Planner turned Portrait Studio Manager turned stay-at-home mom, she thinks her current professional incarnation is pretty damn delightful. She was New England raised, southern educated and currently calls a small house on a quiet street in a tiny Midwest town “home.” To listen to her podcast or read more of her writing go to: (or download a show from your favorite podcast app), The Kansas City Star at or her personal site,; she is available for banter @EssephVee. She’s shown here with a favorite baseball player.

Niles Reddick fishing pic head shot (2)Niles Reddick’s newest novel Drifting too far from the Shore has been nominated for a Pulitzer. Previously, his collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities was a finalist for an Eppie award and his first novella Lead Me Home was a national finalist for a Foreword award. His work has appeared in anthologies Southern Voices in Every Direction, Unusual Circumstances, Getting Old, and Happy Holidays. Author of nearly one hundred stories, Reddick has been featured in many literary magazines and journals including The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta Studies, Southern Reader, Like the Dew, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Pomanok Review, Corner Club Press, Slice of Life, Faircloth Review, and many others. Reddick works for the University of Memphis, Lambuth, in Jackson, Tennessee. His website is

FullSizeRenderWe are delighted to welcome Angela Lombardo and her story back on our first ever “From the Archives” segment. Angie is active in her writing community and has read her stories at Live Lit events sponsored by the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.  She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2015 First Quarter “America’s Funniest Humor” contest sponsored by for her entry “Middle-aged Memory”.  Her short story, “Janet Was the Girl” was published by Flash Fiction Magazine on December 29, 2015. She’s shown here where her fandom began.