Daffodils and Vampires

It’s going to happen and it’s going to happen soon.  The due date for Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz’s pregnancy essay, “The Parts” is Monday.  Until then, take a good hard look at…

April 15 at Severson Dells

Hi Everyone, This is a quick reminder that we are meeting on the porch at Severson Dells Nature Center for our April meeting.  This is the fourth year we are…

The Second Trimester (and a promo)

We recorded the “second trimester” of Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz’s essay, “The Parts” on Monday evening at The Shumway.  You will be able to hear her “first trimester” on Monday, April 9,…

Charon’s Kayak by Dan Libman

It’s up!  Dan Libman’s fifth story, “Charon’s Kayak” is yours for the listening. This humorous story takes us on a tour to paternal death and disappointment with a couple stops…

Alter Ego Spotted at Blarney Pub!

Yesterday, as part of our Spring Break Literary Tour,  Jesse and I checked out O’Leary’s, which is the inspiration behind Dan Klefstad’s “Blarney Pub”. The Blarney Pub is where the character Daniel…

Rock River Culture

In Episode 15 of Dan Libman’s newest story, “Charon’s Kayak”, we get a glimpse into the city of Oregon, Illinois; population 3545. My family and I have been to Oregon…

Lit Trippin’

Like most midwesterners, my family likes to read and travel.  We enjoy taking field trips to the gravestones and hometowns of the figures who wrote and/or inspired great literature.   Thus…

April is Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz

We had our first recording session at The Shumway with Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz last night.  Her essay about her pregnancy is intense, unexpected, and important.   We look forward to you hearing her writing…