Shawn Berman runs The Daily Drunk. Meg Pokrass serves as Founding Co-Editor of Best Microfiction anthology series. Cathy Ulrich is editor at Milk Candy Review.
Welcome to Micro, a podcast for short but powerful writing. I’m your host, Drew Hawkins.
Zac Efron, dangerous chili, and grape popsicles. You guessed it—the first Editor Edition of Micro season two! Each of the readers you’ll hear are editors at their own publications, and they’ll be reading their own work that was published in another publication.
Featuring three very different pieces with very different tones, this episode converges around dissonance—recognizing habits and the inability to change them, complex relationships, cold water and hot sun.
This first piece looks in the mirror and asks you to love it anyway. It’s called “I’m All About That GTL Life: Gym Tan Love Me for Who I Am.” It was written by Shawn Berman and published by Beir Bua Journal on November 9, 2020. Enjoy
“I’m All About That GTL Life: Gym Tan Love Me for Who I Am” by Shawn Berman in Beir Bua Journal
Our second piece takes a heavier turn and comes with a content warning, as a woman navigates the aftermath of an assault, and navigates her relationship with her mother. It’s called “Maternal.” It was written by Meg Pokrass and published by Milk Candy Review on April 2, 2020. Enjoy.
“Maternal” by Meg Pokrass in Milk Candy Review
Meg Pokrass is the author of six flash collections, two flash novellas, and a book of prose poetry, Cellulose Pajamas, for which she received the Blue Light Book Award. Her work has appeared in over 800 literary magazines including Electric Literature, Craft, The Center for Fiction, Waxwing, and Washington Square Review, and has been widely internationally anthologized. She serves as Founding Co-Editor of Best Microfiction anthology series and teaches flash fiction online. You can find her on Twitter at @megpokrass or on her website at megpokrass.com.
Our final piece is a brief and visceral getaway that we never knew we wanted—far from idyllic, close to nostalgic, full of sensory detail. It’s called “I Do Not Want to Live Without You.” It was written by Cathy Ulrich and published by Flash Frog on June 21, 2021. Enjoy.
“I Do Not Want to Live Without You” by Cathy Ulrich in Flash Frog
Cathy Ulrich is editor at Milk Candy Review and a writer from Montana whose work has been published in various journals and anthologies. You can find her on Twitter at @loki_writes, or on her website at cathyulrichwriter.wordpress.com.
Micro is edited and curated by Dylan Evers, our social media is managed by fellow curator M.M. Kaufman, and the show is produced and hosted by me, Drew Hawkins. Our theme song is by Matt Ordes. You can find all of the information about this episode’s editors, their featured work, and the publications where they were published, as well as a transcription of this episode in the show notes.
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