“The Happiness Gene” by Cheryl Powell, read by Saffron Chan

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Malc was in the therapist’s consulting room brimming with happiness. Miss Dankworth was wearing her pinched face again and Malc smiled, trying to put her at her ease. “Why, Miss Dankworth, that pink sweater really suits you,” he said. “Such a pretty colour.” He thought that … More “The Happiness Gene” by Cheryl Powell, read by Saffron Chan

“Recurrence” by Stewart McKay, read by Mateena Hammad

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. I remember nothing from before my tenth birthday. My first memory is my father’s hand on my shoulder awakening me from a deep, deep sleep in the right-hand back seat of our car. A slither of drool hanging from my cheek. We are in the driveway … More “Recurrence” by Stewart McKay, read by Mateena Hammad

“Dicks” by Zarina Zabrisky, read by Angus Gallagher

  Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Sergey woke up one morning without his dick. He remembered reading a story about something like this in school—it was by Gogol—and in the story, a guy’s nose ran away. But this was not his nose. This was his dick. What did this make him, … More “Dicks” by Zarina Zabrisky, read by Angus Gallagher

“A Dancer’s Shadow” by Mark Sadler, read by Vesper Liu

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019.   During the night, the door connecting to the street had blown open and the snow had flurried inside. A stooped man was shovelling at the drift with the short-handled coal scoop from the boiler room. Olia climbed the stairs to the studio. Borya was waiting … More “A Dancer’s Shadow” by Mark Sadler, read by Vesper Liu