David Naimon is a writer of prose and poetry, as well as the host of the literary podcast Between the Covers. Victoria Buitron is a writer and translator with an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Aimee Bender is the author of six books of fiction including, most recently, the novel The Butterfly Lampshade.
Welcome to Micro, a podcast for short but powerful writing. I’m your host, Drew Hawkins.
The ambiguity of language and the subjectivity of interpretation feature in our first episode of Micro season 2. Playing off multifaceted perspectives, these three pieces meet at the intersection of humor and aching reality, a space that feels all too relatable.
In this first piece, wordplay, scientific observation, and history coalesce into a rich tapestry of humor and wit, with an undercurrent of loss and change. It’s called, “Heathen.” It was written by David Naimon, and published by Orion Magazine on September 9, 2020. Enjoy!
“Heathen” by David Naimon in Orion Magazine
David Naimon is a writer of prose and poetry, the co-author of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, which was co-written with Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as the host of the literary podcast Between the Covers, broadcast out of Portland, Oregon and hosted on Tin House. You can find him on Twitter at @davidnaimon, on Facebook at @david.naimon, or on his website at tinhouse.com/podcast.
In this next piece, a visceral landscape of antagonistic creatures is up for interpretation as the speaker makes a realization. It’s called “Changes.” It was written by Victoria Buitron and published by Emerge Literary Journal. Enjoy!
“Changes” by Victoria Buitron in Emerge Literary Journal
Victoria Buitron is a writer and translator with an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University whose work has been featured or is upcoming in Entropy, Bare Life Review, Bending Genres, and more. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @vic_toriawrites, or on her website at victoriabuitron.com.
The simplicity of this final piece is also a testament to the skill of its writer; although it captures one scene, it encapsulates many—many moods, many moments in time, and multiple perspectives. It’s called “Day Eighty-Four.” It was written by Aimee Bender and published by Electric Literature. Enjoy!
“Day Eighty-Four” by Aimee Bender in Electric Literature
Aimee Bender is the author of six books of fiction including, most recently, the novel The Butterfly Lampshade. You can find her on Twitter @aimeebender or on her website at aimeebender.com
Micro is edited and curated by Dylan Evers and 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 writers, their featured work, and the publications where they were published, and a transcription of this episode in the show notes.
This was the first episode of our second season, and I’d like to take a quick second to welcome May May Kaufman, a.k.a. M.M. Kaufman who just joined the team as curator and social media manager. We’ve got a bunch of great shows headed your way, and we hope you’ll tune in for all of them.
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