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Episode 53 – Stargazing

Our first story transports us to Lake Sunapee on a summer afternoon. Sounds peaceful enough, right? Except, once there, we find the narrator and his brother plotting over how to bait a porcupine (read: wild turkey hunter). The afternoon of googling best practices for said task leads to an examination of fear and how similar we actually are to our furry, or spiky, friends.

Today’s podcast is a #throwbackthursday to 2015 and our inaugural show at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s summer MFA creative writing residency. Read for us here by his story partner Becky Fine-Firesheets, give a listen to “Ascension” written by Cory Johnston.

We are thrilled to share that Cory’s story was recently published by the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review.

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Stargazing Storytellers

Right: Cory Johnston; Left: Becky Fine-Firesheets

Switching it up, our second tale considers a different type of stargazing in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A not-so-glam neighborhood is overrun with Boardwalk Empire and Girls extras, leading our narrator to dream of how her messy, poop-dancing, newly adopted boxer Bear could become a dog legend. As nostalgia for a neighborhood not to return increases alongside her rent, she strives for happiness in spite of the big city working against its own residents.

Cory Johnston reads “A Bear is Born” written by Becky Fine-Firesheets.

Happy Birthday to Becky!! As well as a big congratulations for being awarded a 2020-2021 Pen Parentis fellowship for her story, “2021.”

“Ascension” and “A Bear is Born” were directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Writing Residency at Fairleigh Dickinson Show

Last week, we were honored to do a No, YOU Tell It! show as part of the summer writing residency for Fairleigh Dickinson’s low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing.

No, YOU Tell It! “Stargazing” featured four alums of the program: Kahle Alford, Christopher Brown, Becky Fine-Firesheets, and Cory Johnston. They brought down the house with switched-up stories about an unexpected encounter at Comic Con, the limits of love, porcupines vs. wild turkeys, and an unfortunate ‘poop dance.’ Select audio from the evening will be available as part of our new NYTI podcast launching this fall!

Speaking of the Fall, SAVE THE DATE for NYTI “3 Strikes” on Sept 16th, 7 p.m. at Jimmy’s No. 43.

For this special edition, we are joining forces with The Literary Review, an international journal of contemporary writing published quarterly by FDU, to celebrate TLR’s new issue and the Brooklyn Book Festival. I am happy to announce that two of our switched-up storytellers are TLR greats:

Tim Waldron, the Online Fiction Editor of The Literary Review and author of the short-story collection WORLD TAKES published by Word Riot Press.

Kahle Alford, Associate Prose Editor of TLR who is back by popular demand after her amazing work both writing & performing in NYTI “Stargazing.”

They will swap nonfiction stories inspired by the theme “3 Strikes” with:

Jenn Wehrung, stand-up comedian and host of Laugh It Up, Astoria! 

Daniel Mahler, actor& co-founder of The Harborside Shakespeare Company

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