Category Archives: Contest
A new semester means new podcasts! With a special welcome to our wonderful new interns, on this week’s TMR Podcast we are excited to feature Daniel DiStefano’s “The New Neighbor in Barnum and Bailey Retirement City,” which was the runner-up in the Prose category of our 2012 Audio Competition.
Daniel DiStefano, a New Jersey native, was once a foreign contracts coordinator for a literary agency, but is now pursuing his MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan. He lives with Freddy, his 21-year-old pet frog, in their first apartment to ever have natural sunlight. His fiction has appeared in Whitefish Review and The Rambler. A print version of his story, “The New Neighbor in Barnum and Bailey Retirement City,” is forthcoming in issue 34.2 of Indiana Review.
This podcast features the vocal talent of:
Rebecca Scherm – The Bearded Lady
Michael Byers – The Wolf Boy
Dan Keane – The Painted Man
Keith Taylor – The Last Living Ton
Rachel Farrell – The Winged Woman
Today on the TMR Podcast, we are excited to continue our series honoring the winners and runners-up of our 2012 Audio Competition with Rachel Coonce’s “A Brief Investigation into the Origins of a Cookie Memory,” which was our Honorable Mention in the Documentary Category.
Rachel Coonce is an Assistant Director in broadcast news, and recently graduated from the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Sarah Lawrence College. She currently lives with her Dalmatian in New York City, and works in Washington, D.C. She is previously unpublished.
On this week’s TMR Podcast, and with a special welcome to our new interns, we continue our series honoring the winners and runners-up of our 2012 Audio Competition with Elijah Burrell’s “Change of Song” and “RC and Little Faye,” which were our runners-up in the Poetry category.
Elijah Burrell, a native of the Mid-Missouri area, recently completed his MFA at the Bennington Writing Seminars. His poems have appeared in Measure, The Sugar House Review, Swink Magazine, and several other journals and magazines. He was the recipient of the 2010 Jane Kenyon Scholarship at Bennington College, and the 2009 Cecil A. Blue Award in Poetry. He currently resides in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife and two little girls.
Today on the TMR Podcast, we present the final winner of our 2012 Audio Competition: Beth Morgan’s “Sanderstown Testimonials,” which was the winner of our Prose category.
This week, we continue our series of podcasts honoring the winners and runners-up of our 2012 Audio Competition with Chloe Honum’s “Spring,” which was the winner in our Poetry category.
Chloe Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Orion, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, an Isabella Gardner Residency Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Chloe completed an MFA at the University of Arkansas, and is currently a Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University. Find her online at www.chloehonum.com
After a summer hiatus, we’re excited to be back on the air with the TMR Podcast! This week, we begin a series of episodes honoring the winners and runners-up of our 2012 Audio Competition with Emma Weatherill’s “Nuns on Trial,” which was our winner in the Audio Documentary category.
Emma Weatherill is a broadcast journalist based in the UK, who produces programs for BBC Radio 4. She recently studied at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, which enabled her to satisfy her curiosity about historical neurological diseases and ventriloquist dummies. Before becoming a radio journalist, Emma was a harpist, and she is waiting for a time when she can combine the two.
This week’s episode of the TMR Podcast features “State-sponsored Sex” by Claire Noble, “About the Weather” by Kathleen G. White, “A Day in the Life of a Conversationalist” by Ken Cormier,” and “Arrowhead Lake” by Heidi Darchuck, and recorded by Katie McMurran, which were the Runners-up for our 2011 Audio Competition in the Prose Category. To find out about our 2012 Audio Competition or to submit an entry, please view the submission guidelines–submissions must be postmarked/emailed by tomorrow, March 22nd!
Claire Noble currently attends City University Hong Kong, where she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Texas, Claire has lived in Asia for more than 15 years, first in Japan and South Korea as an Air Force officer. She is married, and has four cats and two kids.
Ken Cormier is a teacher, performance poet, independent radio producer, and musician. He is the author of two collections of stories and poems: Balance Act (Insomniac Press 2000) and The Tragedy in My Neighborhood (Dead Academics Press 2010). He has released three CDs of original music: God Damn Doghouse (2000) and Radio-Bueno (2002) with Elis Eil Records, and Nowhere is Nowhere (2009) with Cosmodemonic Telegraph Records. Ken co-founded and edited The Lumberyard, a radio magazine of poetry, prose and music, which aired weekly on WHUS in Connecticut from 2005-2008. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Quinnipiac University, where he teaches creative writing.
Heidi Darchuk is a writer and actor living in Los Angeles. Her microfiction has been published in Pontoon, an anthology of northwest writers, and she received a Seattle Arts Commission grant for performance. Her plays have been produced and commissioned by ACT in Seattle, as well as the Virginia Avenue Project and Padua Playwrights in LA. This summer, her play, Hotel Bardot, will be featured in the upcoming Padua Anthology, Fever Dreams.
Katie McMurran is a sound artist and composer currently living in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited with New Adventures in Sound Art, Sound Café, New Town Arts, Radio Village Nomade, 60×60 and the Microscore Project.
On this week’s podcast, TMR is excited to present “Besides Life Here” by Molly Graham, “Chuck Lakin, Woodworker” by Molly Jean Bennett, “Tongues Twisting” by Judith Sloan, and “Food for Thought” by Mark Munger, which were the Runners-up for our 2011 Audio Competition in the Self-Recorded Documentary category. To find out about our 2012 Audio Competition or to submit an entry, please view the submission guidelines.
After spending four months with alien abductees to produce Besides Life Here, Molly Graham is now living in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the Oral Historian for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, recording the war stories of veterans from World War II to the Present.
Molly Jean Bennett studied documentary radio and multimedia production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME. She now lives in Chicago, where she makes instructional videos and explores radio on the side. Some of her less earnest work can be found on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Judith Sloan is an actress, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, oral historian, poet, and audio artist whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. A frequent guest lecturer in universities, Sloan has produced commentaries and documentaries for NPR, Public Radio International, WNYC, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Sloan is co-founder, with Warren Lehrer, of EarSay, Inc, an artist-driven non-profit organization bridging art and human rights in documentary and expressive forms. Sloan has received grants and awards from: The Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mark Munger received his MFA in Poetry, earned a Post-Baccalaureate in Radio, and aspires to earn his keep in public radio while making documentaries on the side. He currently lives in Uptown in Chicago.
This week on the TMR Podcast, we are excited to present “Continuous Form” by Henry Finch, and “Know/Don’t Know” by Kate Asche, which were the Runners-up for our 2011 Audio Competition in the Poetry category. To find out about our 2012 Audio Competition or to submit an entry, please view the submission guidelines.
Henry Finch is an MFA student in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the co-author of the chapbook Luxury Arcana (2010), and author of the forthcoming New Music, both with Human 500. His work has recently appeared in Dear Sir and Volt. His music can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/henryfinch
Kate Asche is a poet and essayist. A graduate of the UC Davis creative writing program, she has received an Academy of American Poets Award and two Elliot Gilbert Prizes in Poetry. She placed fourth in the University of California Poet Laureate competition, and was nominated for Best New Poets (Meridian Magazine). Currently the Associate Director of Arts, Humanities and Writing at UC Davis Extension, she coordinates The Tomales Bay Workshops, as well as certificate programs in creative and nonfiction writing. She also volunteers on the board of the Sacramento Poetry Center, teaches creative writing in Sacramento, and enjoys playing classical clarinet.
The TMR Podcast returns this week with a reading of Anna Solomon’s “The Long Net,” which was our 2011 Editors’ Prize winner in the fiction category. Anna Solomon received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Georgia Review, One Story, Harvard Review, and many other fine journals. Anna lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and daughter, and her first novel, The Little Bride, was published by Riverhead Books in 2011. Anna Solomon was recorded live at the Cherry Hill Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri.
On this week’s podcast, we are excited to feature a reading of John Hales essay “Helpline,” which was the 2011 Editors’ Prize winner in Nonfiction. John Hales is the author of Shooting Polaris: A Personal Survey in the American West. His essays have appeared in Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Southern Review, Hudson Review, and many other journals and anthologies, and have been cited numerous times in Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing. Hales is a Pushcart Prize winner, and has been profiled as one of Twenty-Five Nonfiction Writers to Watch in Writer’s Digest. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program at California State University, Fresno. John Hales was recorded live at the Cherry Hill Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri.
Here at the TMR Podcast, we’re ringing in the New Year with Katie Schmid’s “Bird Heart,” which was the First Runner-up of our 2011 Audio Competition in the Poetry category.
Katie Schmid is a graduate of the Wyoming MFA program. Her work has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Event Magazine and Best New Poets 2009. In 2011 she received an AWP Intro Journals Award for her poem “Daughter Psalms,” forthcoming in Quarterly West. Her book manuscript recently took second place in the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Poetry Awards. She lives in Illinois with her husband, the musician and writer David Henson, and their two dogs, all of whom are beautiful and covered in fur. Currently she makes croissants for a living.
David Henson is the founder of the band Shadows on a River (www.shadowsonariver.com). Their latest EP is called The Other Astronaut’s Wife. He has also had songs and compositions featured in various independent films and documentaries.
Happy Holidays from TMR! This week’s episode features Amy Schleunes’ “The Body Instrument,” which was the First Runner-up of our 2011 Audio Competition in the Self-Recorded Documentary category. Amy Schleunes is a writer, performer, and MFA candidate at the University of Iowa, where she studies both creative writing and dance. Her writing recently appeared in McSweeney’s and PANK, and she will be a featured playwright in the 2012 Iowa New Play Festival.
On this week’s podcast, we feature Bill Ratner’s essay, “The Archiving of an I Love Lucy Bit-Part Player,” which was the First Runner-up of our 2011 Audio Competition in the Prose category. Bill Ratner is a seven-time winner of The Moth Story Slams in Los Angeles. He is a voice on movie trailers, documentaries and computer games, and the cartoon voice of Flint on G.I. Joe, Robot Chicken, and Family Guy. His essays and short fiction are published in The Armor Fati, Pleiades, Southern Anthology, Spork, NiteBlade.com, National Cheng Kung Literary, Paper Maché Press, TV Marquee, and Coast Magazine. (Bill’s uncle, Robert Jellison, actually played the role of Bobby the Bellboy on I Love Lucy.) More of Bill’s stories can be found on billratner.com
After a short post-Thanksgiving hiatus, the podcast returns this week with Lulu Miller’s “Falling in Love,” which was the First Runner-up in the Professionally-Recorded Documentary category of our 2011 Audio Competition. Lulu was a producer on Radiolab for five years. Before that she was a woodworker’s assistant in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Her work has appeared on Radiolab, This American Life, and The Environmental Report. She recently received a Poe-Faulkner Fellowship, which awards her two years to pursue fiction writing at the University of Virginia.