Short Stories

A friend's collection of mystery stories by Minnesota authors sparked this collection of short stories for young readers.  Editors Jay Peterson and Collette Morgan discovered, too, that just because a reader is young doesn't mean they're not thinking about what they read.

Sky Blue Water includes a Q&A between kids and the contributing authors, as well as discussion and writing prompts for classrooms or book groups.

Enjoy holiday music and stories with KUMD on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. KUMD shares the work of the late Joseph Maiolo, reading one of the stories from his book Saint Matthew in Appalachia and Other Stories. Also catch music from local and regional concerts, classic stories and Christmas tunes. 

Emilio Küffer, "Camino a la Tormenta" (modified)

Women's Words on June 21st, 2015 featured Jocelyn Pihlaja of Duluth reading her short story, "The Melody Within," about an unexpected nighttime adventure.

Women's Words on June 7th, 2015 featured Jocelyn Pihlaja of Duluth reading her short story, "Compulsory Ignorance," about her family's experience commuting by bus in Turkey.

Women's Words on May 24th, 2015 featured Jocelyn Pihlaja of Duluth reading her short story, "Clicking."

Women's Words on January 29, 2015 featured Jocelyn Pihlaja of Duluth reading her short story, "Swimming In It."

2/01 Women's Words: Jocelyn Pihlaja

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When Jocelyn headed off to college, she avowed, "I'm going to be a lawyer." Then she took her first political science class and was forced to concede, "Except I hate this stuff."

Women's Words for August 17, 2014 featured a second excerpt by Duluth novelist Danielle Sosin from her award winning book, The Long-Shining Waters, published by Milkweed Editions (2011).

8/17 Women's Words: Danielle Sosin

Women's Words on April 6, 2014 featured Becca Brin Manlove from the woods near Ely, Minnesota, reading two excerpts from her next manuscript, a work-in-progress titled Sweet Dreams, Michael: A Verdant Grief. The second excerpt, a poem titled "Almost Anniversary," is the introduction; an earlier version of this poem closed her recent award-winning memoir Hauling Water: Reflections on Making a Home in the North Woods, published by Raven Productions.

Women's Words on March 30, 2014 featured Becca Brin Manlove from the woods near Ely, Minnesota, reading an excerpt from award-winning memoir Hauling Water: Reflections on Making a Home in the North Woods, published by Raven Productions.

3/30 Women's Words: Becca Brin Manlove

Women's Words on February 9th, 2014 featured an encore airing of Erin O'Daniel reading her short story, "Frida Kahlo Is Duluth."

2/9 Women's Words: Erin O'Daniel

Women's Words on Sunday, September 30 featured Gail Trowbridge, a writer from Duluth, reading her short story "Cardboard Castle."

Gail Trowbridge has published articles, short stories and essays in magazines, journals and newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She received third prize in Lake Superior Writers 2010 contest for her short story "Good Christian Charity," and second prize in Minnesota Literature's 2007 Essay Contest for "The Linotype." In 2011, she received a McKnight-ARAC Career Development Grant. Gail is a board member of Lake Superior Writers.