The Ursa Story Company presents Ursa Short Fiction. This podcast immerses listeners in the short story genre. Hosts and authors Dawnie Walton and Deesha Philyaw know to ask questions that reveal new meanings in each story.
Both Ursa Short Fiction podcast hosts are experienced fiction writers. Deesha's short story collection has won many awards. These include the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2021. Dawnie's work has also earned accolades. In 2021, The Washington Post and other publications named The Final Revival of Opal and Nev a "Best Book of the Year.
Dawnie and Deesha's excitement is infectious. They love short stories and share their love with listeners and fellow authors. On the Ursa Short Fiction podcast, they talk with underrepresented writers. They also discuss the significance of the short story form. Featured podcast stories include "Virginia is Not Your Home," "Happy Family," and "Rioja."
On the podcast, "Happy Family" author William Pei Shih discusses writing about Chinatown and family businesses. He shares the challenges and joys of writing about childhood. William relishes flawed characters and endings. "Rioja" tells the story of Cole. He introduces his girlfriend, Cecilia, to his family on Thanksgiving. Everything appears friendly on the surface. But the history of the family is replete with secrets and hurt. Author Shannon Sanders tells Deesha and Dawnie about her fascination with cultural inheritance. Each generation builds on the next. This fact can be a burden or an opportunity. Yet, as Shannon states, some legacies never leave a family.
Ursa Short Fiction also teaches listeners about the craft of writing short fiction. When discussing "Fog" with author Cleyvis Natera, Deesha and Dawnie chat with Cleyvis about voice. A writer's voice distinguishes their work and requires time to develop. Natera discusses writing as a form of play. Some writers do their best when they engage in a carefree exploration of their craft.
On this podcast, listeners hear engaging stories and enthralling conversations. With two Black female authors as hosts, Ursa Short Fiction promises a diverse representation of today's finest short stories. New episodes drop on a periodic basis.