From Our Soundbooth | April 01, 2022

Hello and welcome to Miller Aud-cast, the Missouri Review podcast where we listen to and discuss the finalists for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize. Thank you for being here, wherever here is, for episode 55, featuring the latest finalist for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize in Humor, Paul Allman, with “Gravity Dance.”

Allman’s comic novel Otis: On the Occasion of His Foray into the Wilderness of Civilization, was published by St. Martin’s Press. He has also published two YA novels, The Knot and No Pain, No Gain. His award-winning essay, “The Frequency,” was published in Harper’s. Other stories have appeared in Film Comment, Folio, Public Illumination and Witness, where his short story “We Have Time” won a Pushcart Prize.

His plays have been produced by the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Theater 80 at St. Mark’s Church, the Florida Studio Theater, the Sundance Children’s Theater, Theater for the New City and The Broome Street Theater. He was Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and also the Sundance Institute.

Allman has taught in NYC’s Authors in the Schools Program, and led writing workshops at the YMCA of St. Louis, his home town.

Episode 56 will be here for you before you know it, so stay tuned. Thanks as always to the outgoing Missouri Review contest editor, Bailey Boyd, and to Patricia Miller, for her generous support for the Miller Audio Prize.

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