Today is Martin’s Birthday!

Stephen Page has a poem published in Thewiseowl Emag

The Jade Edition of The Wise Owl is now online:

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The Lady in the Refuge

Stephen Page has a flash fiction titled “The Lady in the Refuge” published in Conestoga Zen Press, Volume 2–which is senior edited by Rustin Larson.

Here is an excerpt:

My Harley is pulling me up a winding mountain road. I have never been to the top of Galvin Peak, but today I am adventurous and decide to wander from my usual route to the highway that edges the Laguna Mountains and overlooks the Empire Desert. As I rise in elevation, the air rushing by me begins to cool. I pull over on the side of the road and don my bombardier jacket . . . I spot a building that I have never seen before. The lights are on. On the eave above the front door, there is crest with a painting of a horse-backed armored knight holding a lance pointing forward. A sign by the side of the road reads, Our Coffee House. I pull in . . .

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The anthology is coedited by Minca Borg, emally june breffle, Rustin Larson, Angela Sickler, Almedia Stewart, Maggie Ventsias,

Aliyah Warwick, and Elaina Whitesell.

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Liliana’s Birthday and the Aftermath

Stephen Page has a poem titled “Liliana’s Birthday and the Aftermath” published in the Heron Clan Anthology IX.

Here is an excerpt:

“Dear Liliana,

Today you are 23. Happy Birthday! Remember Capri, the boat ride, the grotto?


Jonathan Barks


Sometimes what you think you need,

Is only what you think you need.

I poach two eggs, toast two pieces of bread, juice a lemon for her and oranges for me, pour two cups of coffee, and kiss her as she enters the kitchen.

We drive the sea route into Punta del Antonio looking for whales. We lunch on rib meat while sitting at a table in the sun in a garden . . .”

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Saving Endemic Hawaiian Snails Is A Moral imperative – by Bailey Spry

Snails – snails – Courtesy – Kenneth Hayes and Norine Yeung/Florida Museum

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About the Author

Bailey Spry

Bailey Spry recently completed a bachelor of science in botany at the University of Hawaii Manoa as a recipient of the Dr. Isabella Kauakea Aiona Abbott Scholarship. She is a science and environmental affairs intern at Pasquines, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to ending the insularity between the United States and its territories.

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Abacus Of Loss — A Memoir in Verse by Sholeh Wolpé

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Sholeh Wolpé

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Alligators at Night by Meg Pokrass

Impactive tales. This book contains those which define Flash Fiction.

Meg Pokrass is the author of seven full flash fiction collections, including (from earliest to latest) “Damn Sure Right” (Press 53, 2011), “Cellulose Pajamas” (Blue Light Book Award, 2015), “The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down” (Etruscan Press, 2016), “Alligators At Night” (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2018), “The Dog Seated Next to Me”, (Pelekinesis, 2019), Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (Chapbook from V. Press, 2020), and “Spinning to Mars” (Blue Light Book Award, 2020), “, a flash chapbook, “An Object At Rest”  (Ravenna Press, 2020), and two novellas-in-flash: “Here, Where We Live” (Rose Metal Press, 2014) and “The Loss Detector”  (Bamboo Dart Press, 2020). Meg’s flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid writing has been widely internationally anthologized, most notably in 3 Norton anthologies of the flash fiction form: Flash Fiction America (W.W. Norton & Co., 2023), New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018) and Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), The Best Small Fictions (2018 & 2019), the Wigleaf Top 50 (4 x) and the BIFFY Awards in 2019 and 2020, as well as many other anthologies including Brevity Magazine’s Flash Non-Fiction Funnyand 100-Word Story’s Nothing Short of 100.  Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Waxwing, Washington Square Review, Tin House, Smokelong, McSweeney’s, Wigleaf, MoonPark Review, Five Points, Hobart Pulp,  Split Lip, Matchbook, and over the last decade, hundreds of literary journals.

Meg serves as Founding Co-Editor of the Best Microfiction anthology series. She currently runs Mslexia’s quarterly Flash Challenge contest and has served contest judge for the Bath Flash Award, the Bath Flash Novella-In-Flash Award, Mslexia’s Flash Fiction Competition, F(r)iction’s Flash Fiction Contest, Talking Writing’s Flash Fiction ContestRetreat West’s Flash Fiction Contest 2020 and many other literary contests. She’s taught in the Masters Program at Indiana University, Newcastle University, University of Pennsylvania, and many other academic institutions. Meg is the Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival U.K., Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review, Co-Founder (along with Jane Ciabattari, Grant Faulkner and Kirsten Chen) of San Francisco’s Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series and teaches flash fiction workshops at international festivals including Mslexicon Literary Festival, Sardaam Festival (Cyprus), Huddersfield Literary Festivaland Flash Fiction Festival U.K., as well as leading her monthly popular online flash fiction classes.

Ada Limón : The Hurting Kind

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Today’s guest Ada Limón discusses her latest collection of poetry, The Hurting Kind, whose poems ask and explore what it means to be a human animal among animals, and how language can be a means or an obstacle to this desire. We talk about the relationship of joy to death, poetry to praise, and the desire to and challenges of writing with directness, with an aim to connect. We look at the trajectory of Ada’s poetics, one she describes as getting closer and closer to who she really is, and what it means, in language and on the page, to aim for authenticity, for the “I” in your poems to really be, or aim to be, you.

We also talk about pizza, groundhogs, and the Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (and I make an improbable connection between the three!). Pizarnik is a big part of our conversation and for the bonus audio archive, Ada contributes a reading of some Pizarnik poems that she particularly loves. To learn more about how to subscribe to the bonus audio and the other potential benefits and rewards of becoming a supporter of the show, head over to the Between the Covers Patreon page.

Lastly, here is the Bookshop for today’s episode, with all the books mentioned.