The Story Discovery Podcast

By Writers. For Readers.

A bi-weekly podcast of short stories, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, published in Etched Onyx Magazine.
First the story, then the author interview.
Listen and discover.

The current episode from our most recent edition of Etched Onyx Magazine will be available here.  A new show is posted every two weeks after the initial release of the on-line magazine.  Thank you for listening, we hope you enjoy the stories and the show. Older episodes can be found on any podcast player! 

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Lady of the Lake (Prologue)

Written by Katie McDougall

Narrated by Melissa Collings

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.  All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

Lovers and Worlds

Written by Juan Torregrosa

Narrated by Meredith Lyons

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. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

Neon Chick

Written by Ronly Blau

Narrated by Melissa Collings

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. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

The Concrete and the Tree

Written by Skye Gilkerson

Narrated by Melissa Collings

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. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

Shrewd Women

Written by Lynn Hesse

Narrated by Meredith Lyons

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. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

Selected Poems

Written by Elaine Sorrentino

Narrated by Melissa Collings

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. All audio, story, and poetry material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

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