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Show #161 on February 6, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the evocative work of Kristine Langley Mahler and Kristin Bonilla from New Delta Review, Hobart, Orion Magazine, Jellyfish Review, The Bitter Southerner, and Pinball. Houses, friendships, cities, relationships, family, belonging, time, memory — place is not just geography but emotion and psychology and identity in these pieces that will take up residence in your heart.

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I saw a ghost

Show #160 on January 30, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the haunting work of Madeline Anthes, Danielle Lazarin, M.J. Iuppa, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Hannah Gordon, Nicholas Cook, Emily Livingstone, and Paul Asta from Cease, Cows, People Holding, Jellyfish Review, Waxwing, Maudlin House, Occulum, Jersey Devil Press, and Poor Claudia. Featuring ghostly families, dogs, and horses, disappearing girls, unraveling dreams, and more.

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Show #159 on January 23, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads pieces by Jennifer Todhunter, Jan Stinchcomb, and Maria Romasco Moore from Syntax & Salt, Lost Balloon, and Necessary Fiction. Dead girls who leave clues in flowers, a pregnant woman seeking help from a mermaid, a woman who sleeps through summer — these stories are mysterious and moving. This episode also features a musical shout-out to Cordella Magazine for their interviews with beautiful songmakers.

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Show #158 on January 16, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads work by Meg Pokrass, Amy Rossi, Amelia Langford, Liz Falkingham Temple, Lucinda Kempe, Stephanie Hutton, and Victorya Chase from Jellyfish Review, matchbook, MoonPark Review, The Cabinet of Heed, and Lunch Ticket. Therapy cats, psychic cats, needy cats, a man who eats cats, dogs who won't stop barking, Dalmatians with spots read like tea leaves, a woman who wants a dog instead of a baby — you don't have to be a pet lover to fall for these stories of humans' furry friends but it doesn't hurt.

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Dreaming in utero

Show #157 on January 9, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads from Alina Stefanescu's equally bewitching and unsettling book "stories to read aloud to your fetus" from Finishing Line Press. A piercing fusion of ancient magic and modern bodies, love and pain, certainties and the unknown, these half-poem, half-fairy tale seedlings birth a new mythology to swim through your blood, passing secrets through your veins.

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You’re invited!

Show #156 on December 19, 2017…In which Mr. Bear throws a birthday bash featuring the work of Dan Nielsen in Ellipsis Zine, Sara Lippmann's book "Doll Palace," Meghan Phillips in Cotton Xenomorph, and Ana María Shua in Words Without Borders. Put on your party hats and get ready for clowns, dolls, cats, disappearing acts, and more! This podcast is best enjoyed with a big slice of cake.

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Show #155 on December 12, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the dark and sparkly work of Kathryn McMahon: stories of half-unicorns, crocodile wives, boys who sneeze mollusks, girls glowing like the sun, ice bears who mother humans, and robots watching children, all pieces that will unsettle your heart.

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Show #154 on December 5, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads an essay by Edmaris Carazo in Catapult about life in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Also featured: a list of Puerto Rican writers to explore by Yaika Sabat at Book Riot and ways to help, including donating to the Hispanic Federation and PRIMA Fund.

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Almost famous

Show #153 on November 21, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from DeMisty D. Bellinger's "Rubbing Elbows," a book of poems about iconic figures. Consider Billie Holiday, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Jimi Hendrix, George Sands and Frédéric Chopin, Whitney Houston, Yoko Ono, Typhoid Mary, and others in an intimate new light.

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Quiet consequences

Show #152 on November 14, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the darkly mysterious work of L.L. Madrid. Ordinary objects like bottle caps and combs and ballet slippers glimmer with an otherworldly beauty in these stories even as death and loss hover nearby.

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