James Lindley is a human person writing things on the Internet. Ellie Gordon lives in Washington state and has had work featured with Complete Sentence, HAD, Wondrous Real Magazine, Jellyfish Review, and others. Meghan Kemp-Gee writes poetry, comics, and scripts in Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC. Nicks Walker is a queer trans Scottish poet and sci-fi nerd with quite a lot of things wrong with him.
Welcome to Micro, a podcast for a short but powerful writing. I’m your host, Drew Hawkins.
This special episode was a collaboration with the Rejection Letters literary journal. Dylan and I had the pleasure of reading and accepting original pieces for publication. We had an acceptance limit of four pieces, which made it really difficult, and we read so many incredible submissions. We’re so grateful to everyone who participated. Ultimately, the four we chose have a similar tone, involving grunge, liminal identities, and finding a sacred element in quotidian moments. For more about the collaboration, here’s DT Robbins, founder and editor of Rejection Letters.
(DT Robbins Intro)
Thank you DT for that strangely uplifting introduction. Now let’s get right into it. Our first piece features a juxtaposition between routine and tradition, with a delightful turn. Grab your coffee- or your tea – as you listen to “Routine” by James Lindley. Enjoy.
“Routine” by James Lindley in Rejection Letters
James Lindley is a human person writing things on the Internet. You can see his work on Twitter at DuendeonFuego (@Duendeenf).
In our second piece, the title adds incredible flavor to the content, and leaves us craving sushi. It’s called “Umami” and it was written by Ellie Gordon. Enjoy.
“Umami” by Ellie Gordon in Rejection Letters
Ellie Gordon lives in Washington state and has had work featured with Complete Sentence, HAD, Wondrous Real Magazine, Jellyfish Review, and others. You can find her on Twitter @autonomousbagel.
Our third piece is truly a tiny micro, vampy and gothic. We couldn’t wait to hear this one out loud. It’s called “The Vampire in Wismar” and it was written by Meghan Kemp-Gee. Enjoy.
“The Vampire in Wismar” by Meghan Kemp-Gee in Rejection Letters
Meghan Kemp-Gee writes poetry, comics, and scripts in Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC, and will soon be setting off on a new adventure to New Brunswick. You can find her on Twitter at @MadMollGreen or on Instagram at @contestedstrip.
Our fourth and final piece is the author’s first-ever publication, and we’re honored to feature it. Part-online, part-junkyard—there’s so much in such a small space. Take note of the title, as it pulls its own weight. It’s called “One is a moderately successful comedy screenwriter.” It was written by Nicks Walker. Enjoy.
“One is a moderately successful comedy screenwriter” by Nicks Walker in Rejection Letters
Nicks Walker is a queer trans Scottish poet and sci-fi nerd with quite a lot of things wrong with him. You can find him on Twitter @nickserobus and on Instagram @nickserobuswalker.
Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in our submission call, and thank you to Rejection Letters for allowing us to host one. 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 writers, 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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Thanks for listening.