Jan Stinchcomb is the author of two novellas and a chapbook and has stories in The Best Small Fictions 2018 & 2021 and in Best Microfiction 2020. Stephanie Yu a writer and attorney in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in Hobart, Phoebe Journal, X-R-A-Y, and elsewhere. Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You and We Cast a Shadow.
Welcome to Micro, a podcast for short but powerful writing. I’m your host, Drew Hawkins.
This episode is our season 1 finale. And we’ve got a good one for you. Power plays, freedom, and defiance are themes found in these three pieces of microfiction. From medieval times to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, they range from magical to somber, humorous to gory.
This first piece offers a spin on a magical creature, at once rendering it, like the moon, into something else entirely. It’s called “Teacup Werewolf”. It was written by Jan Stinchcomb and published by Wigleaf in November 2019. Enjoy!
“Teacup Werewolf” by Jan Stinchcomb in Wigleaf
Jan Stinchcomb is the author of two novellas and a chapbook and has stories in The Best Small Fictions 2018 & 2021 and in Best Microfiction 2020. You can find her on Twitter at @janstinchcomb, or on her website at janstinchcomb.com.
This next piece captures all the delightful gore of a medieval drama, but it’s more than just gratifying; there’s something haunting beneath the surface. It’s called “Lord Randall”. It was written by Stephanie Yu and published by Longleaf Review. Enjoy!
“Lord Randall” by Stephanie Yu in Longleaf Review
Stephanie Yu a writer and attorney in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in Hobart, Phoebe Journal, X-R-A-Y, and elsewhere. You can find her on social media at @stfu_stephanie, or on her website at stephanieyu.webnode.com.
This final piece combines the power of voice with an historic event, using a small moment to emphasize massive devastation. It’s called “Mercury Forges”. It was written by Maurice Ruffin, was originally published by the Apalachee Review, and appears in his new book titled The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, which comes out August 17, 2021. Enjoy!
“Mercury Forges” by Maurice Ruffin
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.
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