Barn Burning: Short Stories
By Barn Burning
Classic & modern short stories. Stories will save us. Are you a writer? Want to have your story read on an episode of Barn Burning? Contact us: BarnBurningPodcast@gmail.com.
13. Tickle Torture, by Thomas H. McNeely
Hello, Barn Burners! I met acclaimed writer Thomas H. McNeely at Inprint in Houston to record him reading his story, Tickle Torture. The story is from his collection, Pictures of the Shark, which I read and recommend for its powerful and relatable depictions of a tumultuous childhood. In a starred review, Kirkus has called Thomas H. McNeely's book, Pictures of the Shark: Stories "an emotionally taut and often haunting collection." An East End Houston native, McNeely has published short stories and non-fiction in The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, Ploughshares, and many other magazines and anthologies. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, and the MacDowell Colony. His stories have been short-listed for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Award anthologies. He currently teaches in the Stanford Online Writing Studio and at Emerson College, Boston. His website is www.thomashmcneelywriter.com and he can be found on Twitter @thmcneely. Are you a writer and want to have your short story on the podcast? You can reach me at email@example.com!
October 25, 2022
12. Muriel vs. the Hunger, by Lannie Stabile
Welcome back to Barn Burning! After an extended hiatus, the Barn Burning short story podcast is back with a killer episode about hamsters, motherhood, and grief. I was honored to have on writer-poet @LannieStabile to read and discuss her story "Muriel vs. the Hunger," which was published in Sledgehammer Lit in November 2021. Lannie Stabile (she/her), a queer Detroiter, is the winner of OutWrite’s 2020 Chapbook Competition in Poetry and a back-to-back semifinalist for the Button Poetry Chapbook Contest. Lannie was also named a 2020 Best of the Net finalist. Her debut poetry full-length, Good Morning to Everyone Except Men Who Name Their Dogs Zeus, was published in 2021 by Cephalopress. Her fiction debut, Something Dead in Everything, is out now with ELJ Editions. Find her on Twitter @LannieStabile and her website, www.lanniestabile.com. Are you a writer and want to have your short story on the podcast? You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
September 03, 2022
11. Tornado Watch, by Wendy J. Fox
Welcome back to Barn Burning, a short story podcast! I had the great pleasure of speaking with writer Wendy J. Fox about her story Tornado Watch, from her forthcoming collection of interconnected stories, What If We Were Somewhere Else? The book comes out in November 2021 and you can pre-order a copy here: https://bookshop.org/a/1986/9781951631055. You can also find Wendy at her website: https://www.wendyjfox.com/ Are you a writer and want to have your story on the podcast? You can reach me at email@example.com!
June 06, 2021
10. Seagull-Leviathan-Spaniel, by Kieran Wyatt
I was honored to have British writer Kieran Wyatt share three short stories on the Barn Burning Podcast, 'Seagull' 'Leviathan' & 'Spaniel', which first appeared in The Art of Everyone. We talked on UK Mother's Day about liminal places, magical realism, and the Camel Derby. Kieran Wyatt lives on the Fylde Coast. He is co-chair of GenSex (@GenSexResearch), an interdisciplinary research group, asking probing questions about gender and sexuality. His work has been published by Eunoia Review, The Art of Everyone, Small Leaf Press, Fevers of the Mind, and others. He graduated from Edge Hill University in 2018 with honours in Creative Writing. You can find him on Twitter at @Kinz_Wyatt.
March 21, 2021
9. The Big Balloon, by J. Edward Kruft
Today I had the pleasure of reading J. Edward Kruft's story "The Big Balloon," followed by a wide-ranging conversation with Joe about MFA programs, character motivation, and the #FlashFiction format. "The Big Balloon" appeared in the June 2020 issue of Door is a Jar Magazine and you can find it on his website. J. Edward Kruft received his MFA in fiction writing from Brooklyn College, and has been a Best Small Fictions nominee. His stories have appeared in Jellyfish Review, MoonPark Review and Typehouse Literary Magazine, among others. He is a Virgo, and as such, while working at a storied fast food chain, he made an impassioned but reasoned argument against polyester uniforms given their proximity to the fry machine. He was fired. Originally from the very west of Washington state, he now lives in the very west of Queens, NY and Sullivan County, NY with his husband, Mike, and their adopted Siberian Husky, Sasha. If you're a writer and would like to have your story read on Barn Burning, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on Twitter at @barnburnpodcast. Read on, fellows barn-burners!
January 24, 2021
8. What Kind of Love Is That?, by Elizabeth Gonzalez James
In this special episode, I sat down with writer Elizabeth Gonzalez James to read and discuss her story "What Kind of Love Is That?" which appeared in The Rumpus in September 2018. We discussed empathy, grace, and birthing cows. It was a great pleasure to have her on the show to discuss her fiction. Elizabeth Gonzalez James' stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho Review, PANK, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere and have received numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. In 2021 she will be a regular contributor to the Ploughshares Blog. Her debut novel MONA AT SEA was a finalist in the 2019 SFWP Literary Awards judged by Carmen Maria Machado, and is forthcoming in July 2021. You can find more information at www.elizabethgonzalezjames.com. If you're a writer and would like to have your story read on Barn Burning, please email me at email@example.com, or find us on Twitter at @barnburnpodcast.
December 13, 2020
7. The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe
Ask not for whom the Red Death comes, it comes for... everyone! You may remember this story as a nice little piece of gothiness, but I guarantee you it will shock you how eerily reminiscent of our modern moments it is.
November 01, 2020
6. Cannibalism in the Cars, by Mark Twain
Over a hundred years before George Romero, Mark Twain wrote a cutting satire of politics and politicians which is still delicious in its mordant humor.
July 04, 2020
5. Araby, by James Joyce
Today we talk about James Joyce’s classic short story, Araby, and the quest of a besotted young man. Sorry, no Irish accents.
April 19, 2020
4. Rashomon, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
What happens to the unemployed & dispossessed when a country is blighted by natural disasters & plague?
March 28, 2020
3. The Student, by Anton Chekhov
A seminary student warms himself by the fire of two widows and tells a biblical tale...
March 08, 2020
2. The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe
“He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees—very gradually—I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.”
February 11, 2020
1. The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin
Welcome to Barn Burning, a podcast about short stories! Is Louise Mallard’s wedding bed like to be her death bed? How much of an emotional roller coaster can she endure in an hour?
February 02, 2020