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Ursa Short Fiction
Ursa Short Fiction
Ursa Story Company

Join authors Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) and Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal & Nev) for author... more

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Episodes

Nana Nkweti: ‘I Always Knew I Was Going to Write Stories’

On the Season One finale of Ursa Short Fiction, co-hosts Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton talk to Nana Nkweti, author... more

19 Oct 2022 · 57 minutes
Story: 'Dance the Fiya Dance,' by Nana Nkweti

Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton introduce their latest short story pick, Nana Nkweti’s “Dance the Fiya Dance,” from her acclaimed... more

12 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
Book Club: 'The Secret Lives of Church Ladies'

This month marked the two-year anniversary of the publication of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, author Deesha Philyaw’s groundbreaking... more

27 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s Creative Journey from Lawyer to Award-Winning Writer

Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton are joined by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of the short story collection The Ones Who... more

31 Aug 2022 · 59 minutes
Story: 'Ghetto University,' by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

A professor in New Orleans loses his job and resorts to a new line of work – mugging tourists in... more

24 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
The Life and Stories of Diane Oliver, Part Two (with Michael A. Gonzales)

Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton welcome writer Michael A. Gonzales for part two of our deep dive into the life... more

17 Aug 2022 · 40 minutes
The Life and Short Stories of Diane Oliver (Part One)

Content advisory: This episode contains a mention of a racist slur. Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton's two-part book club discussion on... more

09 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Cleyvis Natera on ‘Fog,’ Staying True to Your Voice, and Embracing Short Stories as Play

Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton chat with author Cleyvis Natera, author of the new Ursa Original short story, “Fog,” and... more

25 Jul 2022 · 54 minutes
Story: 'Fog,' by Cleyvis Natera

Content warning: explicit language, sex, depiction of violence. Author Cleyvis Natera debuts her original short story “Fog.” It’s the story of... more

18 Jul 2022 · 51 minutes
Chelsea T. Hicks on the Stories and Wazhazhe Language in 'A Calm & Normal Heart'

Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton dive into the short stories of the acclaimed new collection A Calm & Normal Heart,... more

05 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
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Story: 'Ghetto University,' by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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A professor in New Orleans loses his job and resorts to a new line of work – mugging tourists in the French... more