Ursa Short Fiction

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Join authors Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) and Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal & Nev) for author interviews, book club discussions, and immersive short stories — all celebrating fiction from some of today's most thrilling writers, with an emphasis on spotlighting underrepresented voices. (Photo credits: Vanessa German / Rayon Richards) Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://ursastory.com/join

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William Pei Shih on ‘Happy Family,’ Flawed Characters, and the Messiness of Life
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Co-hosts Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton speak with writer William Pei Shih, author of the Ursa Original “Happy Family,” a story about a lost childhood, a struggling restaurant, and a bygone era of Chinatown. (Warning: This episode contains “Happy Family” spoilers.)  Read the transcript. “Your character has to fail in telling their story,” Shih says. “I think that's one of the beautiful things about fiction. It truly is the messiness of life.” Shih’s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2020, VQR, McSweeney’s, and The Southern Review, among many other publications. He spoke with Philyaw and Walton about his approach to writing and developing characters, how “Happy Family” first came to life, and how hearing the audio version changed his storytelling approach.  This episode is sponsored by Catapult: Award-winning classes by writers, for writers. Ursa listeners get 20% off upcoming online classes with the coupon code URSA20. Go to catapult.co/classes. Additional production support for this episode by Veronica Smith. Episode Links and Reading List:  “Happy Family” (Ursa) “Enlightenment” (VQR)  “Necessary Evils” (Southern Review) What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, by Lesley Nneka Arimah Cleanness, by Garth Greenwell Look How Happy I’m Making You, by Polly Rosenwaike More from William Pei Shih:  "The Golden Arowana" (The Masters Review), about a precious and rare fish, a young man and his grandmother from China, and the road trip of a lifetime—to Pittsburgh, and what happens when one finds more than they bargained for. "My Son," (F(r)iction, Spring 2021), a story focusing on father/son cross-generational and cross-cultural struggles and miscommunications.  More stories: https://williampeishih.com/home/publications/ More from Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton:  The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, by Deesha Philyaw The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton Support Ursa by becoming a Member in Apple Podcasts, or by going to ursastory.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://ursastory.com/join
Jun 22, 2022
Story: 'Happy Family,' by William Pei Shih
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Content warning: This story contains an intense depiction of abuse / physical violence. An Ursa original audio story: “Happy Family,” by William Pei Shih. It’s the story of a lost childhood, a struggling restaurant, and a bygone era of Chinatown.  Read along at ursastory.com/happy  Interview with William Pei Shih. “Happy Family” Written by William Pei Shih Story edited by Dawnie Walton Audio story produced, directed, and sound designed by Alicia Qian Illustrated by Christina Chung Music by Jiro Yoshioka Performed by Aria Song Audio Engineering: David Verdugo (Demun Studios) and Deon Vozov (LA Voiceover) Executive Producers: Dawnie Walton and Mark Armstrong Distributed by Lit Hub Radio Support Ursa by becoming a Member in Apple Podcasts, or by going to ursastory.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://ursastory.com/join
Jun 22, 2022
Introducing Ursa: Why We Love Short Fiction
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Acclaimed authors Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) and Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal & Nev) introduce Ursa Short Fiction, a new anthology podcast dedicated to celebrating short stories, with a spotlight on underrepresented voices. Join us for author interviews, book club chats, and audio stories from some of your favorite writers and emerging talent. Transcript: https://ursastory.com/introducing-ursa-short-fiction-podcast/ Support Ursa: https://ursastory.com/join Authors and Books Mentioned in This Episode Heads of the Colored People, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires How to Sit, by Tyrese Coleman The World Doesn’t Require You, by Rion Amilcar Scott Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by ZZ Packer The work of J. California Cooper The Women of Brewster Place, by Gloria Naylor 12 Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis The Travelers, by Regina Porter Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat You are Free, by Danzy Senna The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, by Danielle Evans The work of Edward P.Jones I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat, by Christopher Gonzalez Milk Blood Heat, by Dantiel W. Moniz  Writing from Dawnie and Deesha Introducing Ursa: A Letter from Co-Founder and Editorial Director Dawnie Walton A Love Letter to Short Stories, by Deesha Philyaw The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, by Deesha Philyaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://ursastory.com/join
Jun 06, 2022