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Show #112 on October 18, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads excerpts from Lex Williford's "Superman on the Roof," winner of the Rose Metal Press Tenth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. These stories of loss, grief, punishment, guilt, and acceptance will knock you to the ground and leave you with a gravel-scraped heart.

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Show #111 on October 11, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the captivating work of Amanda Leduc, where the wild, the untamed, the unknown flirt with safety, order, and stability. What happens when your world is irrevocably altered? How are you changed and how do you keep going?

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Where the bison are

Show #110 on September 20, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads a variety of work with some connection to bison. Ghosts, heartache, animals real and plastic, love and loss all feature in these moving poems and stories.

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Keep breathing

Show #109 on September 13, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads gently piercing work by Jennifer Fliss and Jaime Formato that shines a light of hope across grief and loneliness. Moths, dandelions, lakes, and cherry pie take on dreamy qualities in these familiar yet strange landscapes.

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All in the family

Show #108 on August 30, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the luminous work of Steve Edwards on fatherhood, family life, the wonders of nature, and ghosts, plus humorous pieces by his son, Wyatt. Bonus: What happens when a teddy bear interviews a 7-year-old? Tune in and find out!

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Oneiric shadows

Show #107 on August 23, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the disquieting work of Clio Velentza. Teeth, animals, lilies, dirt, and rhododendrons all take on deeper and darker meaning in these stories that will cling to you like half-remembered dreams. Sip on a glass of retsina and wait for the smoke to clear.

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Playing with time

Show #106 on August 16, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads excerpts from David Olimpio's "This Is Not a Confession." Time and memory and math intersect in these lyrical meditations. Don't count the minutes — sit a spell and let time freeze.

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Shaken, not stirred

Show #105 on August 2, 2016 (sorta)...In which Mr. Bear (in the never-to-be-released live, in-studio version) does a shambles of a show (rambling incoherently with someone in the studio working on a film projector in the background and eventually giving up) but the music is good...SO...here is a new and improved podcast for your listening pleasure. Take a break from reading and your literary woes and join Mr. Bear in learning how to make a variety of vintage cocktails. Rum Puff, Bergerac Frappe, or Tequini, anyone?

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Show #104 on July 26, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the shimmering work of Alina Stefanescu, where sunsets and birds and stamps and mothers-in-law and boats are tied together with threads of light, color, missing, desire, searching, secrets almost translated. These stories are like looking at your heart through a kaleidoscope — prepare to be dazzled.

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Show #103 on June 28, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the beautifully unsettling work of Anna Lea Jancewicz. Like Alice, you will find yourself tumbling down a deep hole into another world, where lines blur between reality and enchantment. The ordinary and mundane become eerie and disturbing — and no, it's not a dream.

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