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.

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Tess is her Name – Fall Contest 3rd Place

Written by Michail Mulvey

Narrated by Meredith Lyons

Today’s show features our Fall Contest Third Place winner, Tess is her Name, by Michail Mulvey. Prose contest judge Katie McDougall said “With a voice that sings with subtle characterization and musicality, the narrator suggests “in-between” lives of his neighbors below and above, ultimately illuminating his own lonesomeness, a pining for meaning and connection. The author masters the art of flash fiction; short in length, Tess is her Name is expansive in aboutness.” Michail was unable to participate in our interview, so after the reading, Melissa and JW discuss Michail Mulvey’s background and how it relates to this flash piece. Melissa and JW also discuss the merits of NaNoWriMo, Writers Groups, some of the writing resources they’ve used over the years, and most importantly, how to sign-up for Melissa’s weekly newsletter and Onyx Publications’ mailing list! All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

A Sampler of Poetry – Fall Contest 2nd Place

Written by Smeep

Narrated by Smeep

Funerals, lost companions, and complicated doctors feature in these poems of grief by our Fall Contest Second Place winner, Smeep. Poetry judge AM Ringwalt said “I was struck by the author’s playful command of sound and syntax in Funereal Dis-ease. Grief and the grotesque are repeatedly alluded to as the speaker almost sings through an uncanny—and not-quite-dissectable—situation.” During the interview we hear Smeep’s inspiration for these poems, what it’s like to survive a plane crash, and how just living life will improve your writing. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

Rome, by all means Rome – Fall Contest 1st Place

Written by Kevin Broccoli

Narrated by Melissa Collings

Can a relationship built on movie-watching survive? Today’s show features our Fall Contest First Place winner, Rome, by all means Rome, by Kevin Broccoli. Prose contest judge Katie McDougall said “Rome, by all means Rome, takes the reader into the theater of a failing marriage, characterized by the couple’s obsession with the movies. The self-assured voice, artful structure, and robust use of metaphor work in tandem to create a nuanced narrative of the relationship and of the narrator’s own sense of self.” Afterward we talk with Kevin about his own experience with relationships, movies, and the inspiration for this story. Kevin also reveals how his background in theater influences his approach to writing. Most importantly, we learn his secret to writing a short story every week. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

Selected Poems by Dennis Maloney

Written by Dennis Maloney

Narrated by Melissa Collings

Today’s show is a special edition from our archives. One of our Fall 2022 Contest judges, AM Ringwalt, discusses poetry by Dennis Maloney as well as reads and unpacks her own work, Some People. These six poems by Dennis Maloney will take you from beaches to mountains to bedrooms. Lush with imagery and loss, we’re sure you’ll enjoy them all. After the narration, special guest AM Ringwalt, professor of creative writing at Belmont University and a premier Nashville poet and singer-songwriter, talks with us about poetry basics. All audio, poetry, and story material are copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

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.

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