Onyx Publications presents the Story Discovery Podcast, offering free, narrated short stories, poetry, and flash fiction that appear in Etched Onyx Magazine. More information about the podcast, the magazine, and Onyx Publications can be found at www.onyxpublications.com. Settle in, and enjoy the show.
Fall Contest Judge Katie McDougall - Lady of the Lake (Prologue)
Today’s show is a special edition from our archives. We hear the prologue for a work-in-progress by local Nashville writing fixture, and one of our Fall 2022 Contest judges, Katie McDougall.
It’s Allison Bosch’s sixtieth birthday and she’s hiking a seldom-traveled ridge in the San Juan Mountains where her husband died sixteen years prior. What happens when her dog, Jez, encounters a mountain goat will leave you wanting to read the next chapter. After the reading, we talk with Katie about her teaching background, writing method, working with agents on this novel-in-progress, and about The Porch, a Nashville non-profit that support writers through education and community.
If you'd like to learn more about Katie McDougall, head over to www.katiemcdougall.com. Find more information about Etched Onyx Magazine at www.onyxpublications.com. All audio and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.
Lovers and Worlds by Juan Torregrosa
In a futuristic, post invasion Taiwan, a woman reflects upon beauty, lovers, and things that never change. Afterward we speak with author Juan Torregrosa (a multi-lingual interpreter) about this work and his experience of living in China for over 15 years, writing in non-native languages, and the hot and cold relationship he has with reading and writing. If you’d like to read this story or learn more about Juan Torregrosa, head over to Etched Onyx Magazine at www.onyxpublications.com. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.
Neon Chick by Ronly Blau (Short Story)
Noodle is pleased to discover a ‘special’ born amongst the newest chicks. His older sister is even more pleased, knowing this will keep Noodle occupied as she seeks enlightenment without interruption. Follow these siblings on their individual journeys that coalesce into a singular discovery. After the reading we talk Ronly Blau about the various inspirations for this work, as well as her own journey with meditation, yoga, and ayurveda. Ronly provides insight to the benefits of co-authoring her book, The Mindbody Cleanse: A 14-Day Detox and Rejuvenation Program from Ancient Ayurveda, and most importantly, she recalls the first book that brought her to tears, and revealed the power of storytelling. If you’d like to read this story or learn more about Ronly Blau, head over to Etched Onyx Magazine at www.onyxpublications.com. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.
The Concrete and the Tree by Skye Gilkerson (Short Story)
On today’s show we talk with interdisciplinary artist, Skye Gilkerson. Her essay relays a personal journey revealing a parallel link between humanity’s connection with our planet and our bodies. During the interview, you’ll learn of Skye’s unique outlook on making both visual and prose art. She discusses burning her decades of journals as a form of creation, as well as the benefits of not completing your work. If you’d like to read this essay or learn more about Skye Gilkerson, head over to Etched Onyx Magazine at www.onyxpublications.com. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.
Shrewd Women by Lynn Hesse (Short Story)
After receiving repeated phone calls, messages, and inquiries asking to purchase her home, widowed Deloris sets out on a mission to deliver her own kind of justice to these phone spammers. What she discovers might surprise you. What she does about it reveals the true character of shrewd women. Afterward, we talk with Lynn about her previous work as a police lieutenant and how that influenced and impacted her writing. You’ll also hear how Lynn’s maverick ways, and role as one of the early women to take on police work, shaped her community and her personal life. If you’d like to read this work, or learn more about Lynn Hesse, head over to Etched Onyx Magazine at www.onyxpublications.com. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.
A Selection of Poems by Elaine Sorrentino
Today’s show feature five poems by Elaine Sorrentino. Find release in your breath, know the pain of violence and choice, and wonder at the seduction of luxury and the lack of courtesy. Elaine’s poems range from lighthearted reminiscence to shadow filled rooms. Afterward, Elaine explores the inspiration for these works and shares the journey and joy of her upcoming, co-written book, The Girl Scout and the Hitchhiker. If you’d like to read these poems or learn more about Elaine, head over to Etched Onyx Magazine at www.onyxpublications.com. All audio, story, and poetry material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.
The Porch in Nashville is such a great place for writers to develop and hone skills. This podcast is another place to find community among writers. Loved JW and Melissa - excellent hosts!
great podcast for writers!
Very fun way to hear short stories and the authors process and planning with writing! Love it and can’t wait to hear more!
Becky Hinshaw Interview
I just listened to the Hinshaw story/interview, and I LOVE LOVE LOVED it! Such an interesting story, and the author is very insightful. Love this podcast.