Bookworks March 22

Dime Stories Fourth Anniversary Showcase 2014

Hosts: Jennifer Simpson, Merimee Moffitt


By Beatlick Pamela Hirst and John Ashbaugh


There was standing room only at Bookworks on Rio Grande Blvd. for the turnout as Jennifer Simpson and Merimee Moffitt celebrated four years hosting Dime Stories open mic on the third Thursday of every month at the Source on Carlisle Blvd. The Dime Stories readings are the only prose open mic going in Duke City. A Dime Story is an original prose piece to be read by the author in three minutes or less.

At the open mics each reader is recorded for radio broadcast and at the end of the evening the audience votes for the three most outstanding reads to be featured on the national website. So this event at Bookworks featured readers were among the thirty-six writers who were chosen from 2013. The function also served as a fundraiser for Eirik Gumeny, a local writer and supporter of Dime Stories, who is waiting for a double lung transplant.

The Dime Story event didn’t hold enough clout to make the outdoor marquee of Bookworks but there were two chalk boards that held a friendly greeting for the readers. Despite the promo almost half of the audience was left standing because the turnout was so large.

The roster included these “Best Of Dime Story 2013” online radio features and their winning titles:


Arlaina Ash: Nut Job

Byron Aspaas: Encounters

Dee Cohen: By Heart

Tish Frederick: Stairway to Haunted

Jill Gatwood: The Scam Artist

Iris Gersh: Passing Through

Eirik Gumeny: Storybook Adventure

Pamela Hirst: Sometimes It Was Fun

Jenn Krohn: She Just Wants Attention

Maria Leyba: You Need a Serape

Andy Paquet: Bilingual Bicycle Mystery

Susan Paquet: My Monster

Julia Perkins: Why My Computer & I Don’t Get Along

Kraig Pickel: A lesson in Violence

Beth Pratt: A Dusting of Fingerprints

Cindy Sylvester: Stairway to Heaven

Georgia Santa Maria was on the bill but couldn’t attend because she was one of the features at the Placitas Anasazi Winery for the Duende Poetry Series. It’s a good problem to have in our community, and I state this every time, we have so many poetry events it is almost impossible to avoid a conflict with someone else’s gig these days.

Nonwithstanding, Jennifer Simpson greeted a true crowd with enthusiasm. As the host she was engaging and clever in her quips and responses as the event unfolded. Drawing names out of a hat instead of adhering to a list, the democratic readings began.

Merimee Moffitt served as the sacrificial first reader. Tiny Bananas delves into Merimee’s analysis of why her husband kept creating a dish serving only half of a banana. She points out to her husband that some of the bananas are so tiny that they are equal to half of a larger banana. But steadfastly and inexplicably he continues to cut any banana in half regardless of its size.

First feature up was Byron Aspaas, who drove all the way from his home in Arizona to be included in the reading. He learned about the Dime Stories while he was in Santa Fe and drove down for an open mic last year, he related. His story, Encounters, recalled his experience getting stuck in the foyer of a restaurant attending his station as host while all the diners went outside to view an eclipse. He got left out.

Jenn Krohn’s name was drawn next. Her story was one of the most dramatic in content. She Just Wants Attention is the storyline of a little girl whom the author encounters in her neighborhood. The child seems to be injured. When she goes to the home of the child, the parents are unconcerned about the bloody stigmata their girl is manifesting, saying, “She only wants attention.” As a nosy neighbor the author was deftly escorted off the property and the last line proclaims after this encounter with these parents the little girl was never seen playing outdoors again.

Tish Frederick’s  Stairway to Haunted is the story of how she comforted her grandson, afraid of ghosts. Two stories and three stories houses are the only type of homes which contain ghosts, she explains to him. One story houses can’t be haunted because a ghost needs to rap and make noises upstairs. Therefore any one-story house cannot be haunted for lack of an upper level and that is why there are no ghosts in trailer parks.

Arlaina Ash recalled the dangers of hanging out with too many forty year olds with issues. One woman was considered a nut job for driving around with her own name emblazoned on her car. Multiple vignettes followed with Arlaina’s unique humorous twist added to all.

Bilingual Bicycle Mystery by Andy Paquet was created from a writing prompt: What if you woke up on the side of the road with no memory of who you are? Andy’s imagination took him to a scenario where he falls from his bike and can’t remember who he is. He keeps recalling smatterings of Spanish phrases but is in total confusion as to their meanings. Ultimately he finds his way home, stumbles again, is brought back to consciousness when his sympathetic dog starts licking his face. He then remembers he crashed his bike on the way home from a Spanish 101 class. Andy had a clever schtick, holding up bilingual signs to emphasis his prose. The last sign declared in Spanish: A Dog is  a Man’s Best Friend.

Dine Native American culture was subject matter for Cindy Sylvester’ reading. She digressed from her winning Dime Stories Stairway to Heaven to share another Native American experience.

A Dusting of Fingerprints, by Beth Pratt, is the tale of an engagement. The woman receives an engagement ring. The potential bride said the size of the ring made up for its lack of facets. Secondly she was upset over all the Cheetos crumbs on her ring. “You were eating Cheetos over my engagement ring?” she queries her future groom, then deciding to back off from any more criticism. There will be plenty of time for that in her future, she reasons. This line brought the house down.

Jennifer Simpson read a tender remembrance, Stop For Gas in Hawaii, relating her experiences going back to her childhood home to Hawaii after her mother’s death. The dialogue examines how each relative remembered the iconic experiences and places of their childhood and how they varied so differently as individual priorities.

Kraig Pickle examined how violence can erupt from mundane experiences. He tells of two men reactions as an audio tape player of one keeps eating the audio tape belonging to his friend.

Susan Paquet had a story we could all relate to regarding the temptation of eating all the chocolate Halloween candy. As she recited her husband, Andy, was passing out chocolates served up from his bicycle helmet.

Julia Perkins had us all sympathetic and relating with her reading, Why My Computer & I Don’t Get Along. It was a first person, if you can say that, account from the persona of the computer. A clever twist.

 Maria Leyba also diverged from her title yet kept to one of her thematic traditions of Hispanic culture with a charming remembrance of an aging relative remembering back to the day he met his future wife. The grandfather recalls riding from Columbus, New Mexico, across the border to Palomas, Mexico, to attend a dance. He is moonstruck by a fair woman whom he assumes is gringa. He spends the night trying to communicate with her in his broken English only to find out at the end of the evening that she speaks no English. Therefore she had not understood a single word he said all night. Regardless the couple wound up husband and wife within one year.

Iris Gersh, Passing Through, got the last draw of the night relating a great vignette from back in the day. She and her girlfriend wound up in a hotel bar in Taos with Dennis Hopper trying to convince them to have an orgy. It was hysterical and such a great Taos tale, smacking of authenticity. The crowd then dispersed and many were seen later dining next door at the Flying Star Café.




Publish the deserving!





Click on underlined names to find more info.

Writers published
by Beatlick Press:

GL Brower


John Knoll


Jules Nyquist


John Roche


Beatlick Joe Speer


Paul A. Speer


Teresa Speer

Mia Kirsi Stageberg


Jerry Zimmerman 


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Writers published

Terry Alvarez

Reed Adair Bobroff

Joanne Bodin

Gary L. Brower

Wendy       Brown-Báez

Pamela C. Drapala

David Coy

Deborah Coy

Hanna Coy

Mary Dudley

Catherine Ferguson

Olivia Gatwood

Jennifer Givhan

Larry Goodell

Taylor Graham

Kenneth P. Gurney

Dale Harris

Brian Hendrickson


Jennifer Lynn Krohn

Maria L. Leyba

Adrian C. Louis

Anne MacNaughton

Amalio Madueño

Alissa Magorian

E. A. “Tony” Mares’

Robert Masterson

Les Merton

Merimée Moffitt

Carol Moscrip

Jules Nyquist

Suzanne Ondrus

Susan I. Paquet

Margaret Randall

John Roche

    Georgia       Santa Maria

Marilyn Stablein

Richard Vargas

Binah Waite-Williams

Stewart S. Warren

Neal Wilgus

Richard Wolfson

Writers published in Mo' Joe Anthology

Sam Abrams

Francisco X. Alarcón

John Ashbaugh

Steve Aushermann

Hakim Bellamy

Larry Belle

"Laughing Larry” Berger

Julie Blue

Joe Bottone

Rich Boucher

Sarah Brinklow

Richard Broderick

Julie SuZaNNe BroKKeN

Michele Brown

Monty Campbell, Jr.

Alan Casline

Teresa Mei Chuc

Norm Davis

Susan Deer Cloud

Steve Coffman

Timothy J. Cook

Anne C. Coon

Deborah Coy

Craig Czury

Carolyn Czarnecki

Michael Czarnecki

Jim Daniels

Martha Deed

Steven Deridder

Lori Desrosiers

Sean Thomas Dougherty

George Drew

Nicolas Eckerson

Jesse Ehrenberg

Michael C. Ford

Philip Frisk

Teresa E. Gallion

Brian Garrison

Geoffrey Gatza

Lisa Gill

Kimberly Glemboski

Vincent F. A. Golphin

Larry Goodell

Dane R. Gordon

Steve Greene

Kenneth P. Gurney

Vijali Hamilton

William Heyen

Pamela Adams Hirst, a.k.a Beatlick Pamela

Patrick Houlihan

Doug Holder

Tom Holmes

Amy Jackson

Mary Strong Jackson

Kitty Jospé


Herb Kauderer

Danny Kerwick

Michael Ketchek

Mary Elizabeth Lang

Gayle Lauradunn

Alice Lee

Wayne Lee

Stephen Lewandowski

Lyn Lifshin

Gerald McCarthy

Robert E. McDonough

Karla Linn Merrifield

Les Merton

Michael Meyerhofer

Basia Miller

Merimée Moffitt

Carol Moscrip

Bill Nevins

Simone Nikkole

Lori Nolasco

Bruce Noll

Maril Nowak

Jules Nyquist

Mark W. O'Brien, aka: obeedúid~

Sarai Oviedo

Chad Parenteau

Don Paul

Teresa Peipins

Pat Pendleton

Carla Perry

Rick Petrie

Colleen Powderly

Randy Prus

Margaret Randall

     Lynette         Reini-Grandell

John Roche

Charlie Rossiter

Helen Ruggieri

Jane Sadowsky

    Georgia        Santa Maria

Joe St. Martin

Wanda Schubmehl

Gretchen A. Schulz

G. E. (Gerald) Schwartz

Peggy Seely

Adam Sinesiou

Diane Smith

Jack Bradigan Spula

Eugene Stelzig

Eleanor Grogg Stewart

Paulette Swartzfager

Steve Tills

Martha Treichler

George Wallace

Stewart S. Warren

Judy Wells

Bart White

David White

Fred Whitehead

Dwain Wilder

A.D. Winans

Patricia Youngs

Leah Zazulyer

Ryki Zuckerman


Writers published in VALUE Anthology

 Mikki Aronoff

Meg Baldrige

Joanne Bodin

Dee Cohen

Deborah Woodside Coy

Sylvia Ramos Cruz

Mary Dezember

Mary Dudley

Teresa A. Gallion

Thelma A. Giomi

Dale Harris

Pamela Adams Hirst

Gayle Lauradunn

Merimee Moffett

Carol Moscrip

Susan Paquet

Sharon Pines

Denise Weaver Ross

Janet Ruth

Barbara Shaffer

Mia Kirsi Stageberg

Betty Lou Williams

Judy Wells

Holly Wilson

Emma Wisdom



Dorothy Alexander

Megan Baldrige

Shirley Blackwell

Joanne S. Bodin, Ph.D.

Rich Boucher

Lauren Camp

Gregory L. Candela

Dr. Maria Chavez

Gracie Conway Panousis

Star Coulbrooke

Barbara Cowles

David Lavar Coy

Deborah Coy

Susy Crandall

Victoria Crawford

Casey Derengowski

Karen Downs-Barton

Mary Dudley, Ph.D.

Janet Eigner

Joseph A. Farina

Jeanne M. Favret

Rina Ferrarelli

Linda Flaherty Haltmaier

Teresa E. Gallion

Iris Gersh

Thelma Giomi, Ph.D.

Curtis Hayes

John Hicks

Steven Hendrix

Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Faith Kaltenbach


Mary Ellen Kelly

Sally Kimball

Sreekanth Kopuri, Ph.D.

Jennifer Lagier

Mary Elizabeth Lang

Gayle Lauradunn

Wayne Lee

Elaine Leith

Lennart Lundh

Kathy Lundy Derengowski

Jennifer Maloney

John Macker

Catfish McDaris

Daniel McGinn

Mary McGinnis

Caryl McHarney

Kelly Morgan

Valarie Morris

Carol Moscrip

Joseph Murray

Bill Nevins

Suzanne Niedzielska, Ph.D.

Jim Nye

Jules Nyquist

Mary Oertel-Kirschner

Marilyn C. O’Leary

Marmika Paskiewicz

Andi Penner

Bernadette Perez

Karen Petersen

Sylvia Ramos Cruz

Wendy Rainey

Jim Ransom

Janet Ruth

Miriam Sagan

Georgia Santa-Maria

Anne Shaughnessy

Larry Schulte

Janet Simon

Mary Strong Jackson

Richard Vargas

Scott Wiggerman

Martin Willitts, Jr.

Holly Wilson

Andrena Zawinski