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9 minutes | Dec 3, 2022
"The Thing About Life" by Alexandra Goodwin
Alexandra Goodwin is a transplant from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and as such, nourishes her soul like an air plant without apparent roots. As she works toward semi-retirement, she has taken residence in her imaginary tree house above her mango tree in Florida. She’s the author of Exchange at the Border, Whispers of the Soul, What Color is Your Haiku?, and Caleidoscopio. Her essays and poems have appeared or are upcoming in Ariel Chart, The Centifictionist, Loch Raven Review, Stick Figure Poetry Quarterly, The Miami Herald and others. alexandragoodwin.com
9 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
"Should I Go or Should I Stay?" by Emily Rosen
Emily Rosen lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where for over 20 years and until her recent 95th birthday, she instructed classes in memoir writing, publishing two anthologies of stories from her classes, and the book, Who Am I? For two decades and until the local weekly newspaper folded in 2021, she wrote the column “Everything's Coming Up Rosen.” Her travel and feature articles have appeared nationwide while her poetry languishes in the pages of a fat notebook. She has worked as a copy writer, travel writer, columnist, elementary and community college teacher, mental health counselor, and owner of the now defunct “singing telegram” company, Witty Ditty. Her long-lived history puts her at an old Philco Radio listening to FDR’s “Fireside Chats.” (www.emilyrosen424.com)
8 minutes | Nov 25, 2022
"Thanksgiving 1864" by Randell Jones
Randell Jones is an award-winning history writer. He is the editor and publisher of the Personal Story Publishing Project and host/narrator of “6-minute Stories” podcast. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
8 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
"A Tap at My Door" by Rebecca S. Holder
Rebecca S. Holder lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she is a member of the Winston-Salem Writers. Early in her career, she wrote for corporate magazines, newspapers, and advertising agencies, but now writes for her own enjoyment. Currently she is writing a short story collection centered on the fictional town of Braidy Creek. Editor’s Note: “Anissa” is a pseudonym used to protect privacy.
8 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
"The Space Between" by David Inserra
David Inserra lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. He enjoys his time with his wife, Ellen, and their dog, Mindy. He is a member of the Island Writers Network and works as the Congregational Administrator at the local Unitarian Church. Having recently completed his first novel, a speculative thriller titled “In Your Own Backyard,” David is now editing the manuscript and working toward publication. David is also a musician who has written and recorded over 400 songs, most being about his wife. Visit davidinserra.weebly.com.
9 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
"All Things Considered" by Lois Elizabeth Hicks with Rudy Hicks
Lois Elizabeth Hicks lives in rural Randolph County. Lois—a wife, mother, and grandmother—worked as a high school teacher and school media coordinator for many years while providing hands-on full care for an adult son paralyzed with quadriplegia after a spinal cord injury. During those years she joined a 5-member Winston-Salem writing group and began journal entries of caregiving and respite day’s events. She now writes nonfiction stories based on those journal events. “What Happened to Judah Quinn?” appeared in the Personal Story Publishing Project anthology Trouble.
8 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
"My Neighbor Is a D-Day Hero" with Horace Barrett (reprise - 2022)
This story was originally produced and released as a podcast on June 7, 2020.
8 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
"Lucky and Grateful" - reprise 2022
For Veterans' Day 2022, we offer this reprise of a story first shared in April 2020. My father turned 98 on Wednesday. This story is shared in honor and memory of all World War II veterans with gratitude to all veterans of all wars--protectors of America.
9 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
"Flooded" by Tara Thompson
Tara Thompson lives in Durham, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and was selected as a winner of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open. Her short stories and essays have been published in Wilma Magazine, Charleston City Paper, The Square Table, Prick of the Spindle, and more. This current essay is inspired by Tara's soon-to-be finished memoir, which is about her endless fight to survive cancer. Tara is also completing a contemporary novel.
8 minutes | Nov 5, 2022
"The Hounds of Antigua" by Wayne A. Barnes
Wayne A. Barnes was an FBI agent for 29 years, working Counterintelligence, Healthcare Fraud, and federal judicial backgrounds. He was a Black Panther in one undercover assignment. He has expertise in signatures, for personality analysis and forgeries. He first wrote true-spy stories debriefing intelligence defectors during the Cold War. His Bureau life and raising five children were fertile ground for a post-retirement writing career, having authored over 100 essays and three, as-yet unpublished books. He lives in South Florida and investigates privately, worldwide. For more of Wayne’s essays, see: www.WayneBarnesWriting.com
8 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
"A Soldier's Choice" by Lubrina Burton
Lubrina Burton lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and pug, Lucy. She earned both her Psychology degree and post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Science from Eastern Kentucky University. She is an alumnus of the Carnegie Center in Lexington, where she discovered a network of friends and fellow writers. Her work is featured in The Personal Story Publishing Project anthologies, That Southern Thing, Trouble, and Curious Stuff. Currently she is working on a memoir about her time in Europe with a pre-9/11 United States Army.
8 minutes | Oct 29, 2022
"Our Wedding Plan" by Vicki Easterly
Vicki Easterly is a retired disability advocate, living in Frankfort, Kentucky, where she is a member of the Bluegrass Writer’s Coalition and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her short story, “Hallie Holcomb’s Hollow,” was published by the UK Carnegie Press. Three of her memoirs are included in the Personal Story Publishing Project anthologies. Her first book, Miracles in The Mundane, was selected for inclusion in the annual Kentucky Book Festival. She currently is writing children’s stories, memoirs, and poetry. She enjoys playing with her granddaughters and acting in community theatre.
9 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
"Grabbing for the American Dream" by Akira Odani
Akira Odani lives in the ancient city of St. Augustine, Florida. He is a member of the Taste Life Twice Writers’ group. Born in Tokyo, he wrote extensively in the past for the Japanese media, but more recently his interest has turned to writing in English and on subjects that intersect the cultural, and social characteristics of the two peoples. Some of his work has appeared in the pages of anthologies sponsored by the Florida Writers Association. He stays active, meditating, swimming, and playing pickleball. Editor’s Note: Akira Odani served as a simultaneous interpreter for US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagon.
8 minutes | Oct 22, 2022
"The Tattoo" by Brooke Dupree
Brooke Dupree earned a BA in English from the University of South Carolina, an MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University. Her personal essay, “All the Leaving Times,” can be found in SOREN Lit magazine. When she is not dutifully working on her memoir or sharing the parenting tasks of a teenage daughter, Brooke can be found teaching English composition at one of the local colleges or universities in the Greenville, South Carolina area. Brooke loves to read, travel, and tell stories.
9 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
"At 5 and 95, Mother Was a Star" by Arlene Mandell
Arlene Mandell is an artist living in Linville, North Carolina; enjoy her colorful portraits at Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk. A native New Yorker, she taught in Manhattan’s Head Start program, then joined a travel magazine in Miami, Florida, where she met Captain Dan. Their relocation to the Blue Ridge Mountains inspired a love of writing. Her memoirs “Eye of the Dolphin,” “Artist Borne,” “Gobsmacked in the Gulfstream,” “Renegade Daughter,” “It Started with a Typo,” “Shopping for the Homeless” “Thirteen Candles in the Dark,” and “The Promise of Romance” appear on “6-minute Stories” podcast.
8 minutes | Oct 15, 2022
"Philadelphia to Wilson" by Ginny Foard
Ginny Foard visits all over while her mail stacks up in a post office box near family in South Carolina. She’s curious about people and things. Southern upbringing taught her there are always interesting stories. And don’t jump to believe the first thing you hear. Listen. Ask questions. Ponder. There’s more to learn.
8 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
"They Don't Leave Us" by Lorraine Martin Bennett
Lorraine Martin Bennett is a print, web, and broadcast journalist who grew up in Murphy, North Carolina. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, she began her career on the Atlanta Journal, writing features and covering news. She became the first woman to head a domestic bureau at the Los Angeles Times. She joined a fledgling CNN, completing her career at CNN International. She still practices her craft by copy editing and occasionally writing stories for the Clay County Progress weekly. Her first novel, a psychological thriller titled Cat on a Black Moon, is due to be published later this year.
9 minutes | Oct 8, 2022
"Homeless in LA" by Jill Amber Chafin
Jill Amber Chafin is a personal finance writer for LendingTree, an aerial dance teacher, and a mother to two small children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She co-hosts a nation-wide writers’ critique group where she teaches workshops on the craft of writing. She is currently querying agents for her domestic novel while also working on a young adult novel and her memoir. This story is one of many unique adventures she shared with her eccentric family.
9 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
"Poor James" by Mary Clements Fisher
Mary Clements Fisher relished her careers as an educator and businesswoman and celebrates her current mother/grandmother, sweetheart, student, and writer status in Northern California. Writing makes sense of her mad and muddled moments. She published in Quail Belle Magazine, Adanna Journal, Passager Journal, The Weekly Avocet, Personal Story Publishing Project, Prometheus Dreaming Journal, and The Closed Eye Open. Join her @maryfisherwrites and https://maryfisherwrites.squarespace.com
8 minutes | Oct 1, 2022
"Metamorphosis" by Catherine C. Con
Catherine C. Con, published in Emrys Journal, Tint Journal, The Bare Life Review, The Petigru Review, HerStry, Shards, Emrys Journal Online, National Women's History Museum, Catfish Stew, Change Seven, Longridge Review, Limit Experience Journal, On The Run, Light House Weekly, New York Times, Black Fork Review. Nominated for 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers; selected for "2020 Local Authors" by Greenville County Library, SC. Finalist for the Anne C. Barnhill Prize for Creative Nonfiction. First place for Lighthouse Weekly March Fiction Contest. Serves presently on the Board of Directors, South Carolina Writers Association.
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