Short Stories

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    Apr 10
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    Apr 13
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Local Talent on Writers' Voices

No Longer an Ingenue We're going local on Writers' Voices this week, to bring you the voices of three young and talented writers from the Fairfield area.

First up is Megan D. Robinson, a poet, performance artist and freelance writer.  Megan's chapbook, "No Longer an Ingenue" won the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize.  Megan will be performing her poetry at Revelations Cafe and Book Store in Fairfield next Friday, April 17, at 8 pm.

You may have read Megan's work previously in the Iowa Source, The Ottumwa Courier, or the anthologies Lyrical Iowa 2007 and This Endiring Gift.

In the second half hour, we introduce the Lamansky brothers from Brighton Iowa, 14 year old Nate, and James, 17, who will be reading their entries in the 2015 Future Problem Solvers state short story contest.  Both have previously had FPS short stories recieve awards at the international level.

I hope you can join us!

Miracle Boy Book CoverAuthor Patrick Irelan earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. He also studied poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop. For many years, Patrick wrote and edited educational materials for the university's Division of Continuing Education. His award-winning short stories have appeared in many regional publications, including Kansas Quarterly, Crosscurrents, Iowa City Magazine, and Wisconsin River Valley Journal. A versatile writer, Patrick has also authored two memoirs, Central Standard: a Time, a Place, a Family, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2002, and A Son of the Middle West, published by Ice Cube Press in 2006. Ice Cube Press also published Patrick's first collection of short stories, Reruns, in 2009, and has just released his second story collection, The Miracle Boy.

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    Jan 14
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    Jan 16
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Rob Cline, Murder by the Slice

Rob Cline, author of "Murder by the Slice"

ROB CLINE Joins CHERYL FUSCO JOHNSON in THE STUDIO

Cedar Rapids Arts and Culture Professional Rob Cline wears a lot of hats. He's Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, Grants Manager of Cedar Rapids Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, and Series Coordinator of Out Loud!, the Metro Library Network Author Series.

Somehow he's also managed to write and publish a great new mystery, Murder by the Slice. And-- launch the 365 Short Stories reading campaign for 2013. How does he do it???

Find out at The Studio this week!

Two guests make a visit to Writers' Voices this week.

Sherry EllisFirst, Sherry Ellis returns to the show to discuss her newest book, "Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers". The book, like previous installments in this series, offers the aspiring screenwriter many exercises and much advice from working movie and television writers and other experts in the business. The book features tips from screenwriters of such films as Raging Bull, Terminator 2, Groundhog Day, "Lost", and many more.Carolyn Moncel

The second half hour will be an interview with Carolyn Moncel, author of "Encounters in Paris". A collection of short stories based around a female middle-aged PR executive living and working in Paris, who through the loss, betrayal, and regrets of life discovers it's how she chooses to deal with life's struggles that shape her soul. This is Carolyn's first book.

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    Oct 08
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    Oct 11
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J. Harley McIlrath discusses "Possum Trot"

Possum TrotWriters' Voices welcomes Iowa author, J. Harley McIlrath, on this week's show. J. Harley McIlrath is the author of "Possum Trot", a new collection of short stories published by Ice Cube Press. J. Harley grew up on his family's farm near Newburg, Iowa and memories of that time surely helped inspire stories in this collection. Reflections and lament on a way of life that has almost disapeared form a theme that runs through this collection. A way of life that required most farm work to be done by hand and pest control done without chemicals. It is a book of laughter, sorrow, and hope.

J. Harley McIlrath is the assistant manager and book buyer for the Grinnell College Bookstore and the Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell, Iowa. For ten years, he ran his own bookstore in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Patrick IrelanMonica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn will be speaking with Iowa writer Patrick Irelan about his collection of short stories entitled, Reruns. These stories will take you places you can’t ignore. Welcome to
a world of office anarchy, self-improvement fraud, and space aliens who live in silos. Observe an urban scene so ugly that it drives people into group therapy. Enroll in a correspondence course taught by a man who knows nothing about the subject matter. Sit in on a meeting of the Burning Desire Romance Writers. Apply for a job at the Ray of Hope Greeting Card Company. Join us now as we enter a cultural dreamland in which every day is just another televised rerun.

The Red TruckThis week on Writers' Voices, Monica and Caroline speak with Fairfield's own Rudy Wilson about his book, Sonja's Blue, a collection of short stories, many of which have been published in journals or are excerpted from his novels.

Rudy Wilson, author of four books, best known for THE RED TRUCK, has an MFA in English/Fiction Writing, from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, where he was a manuscript reader for admissions to the prestigious graduate writing program. He taught Fiction Writing Workshops there for one year, on a Teaching-Writing Fellowship.

Wilson has received a James Michener Fellowship, a CCLM-GE Award for Fiction published in THE PARIS REVIEW, and an NEA Fellowship for Fiction, in 1989.