Podcast for Japan



New_Sun_RisingThis week is a very special episode of The Word Count podcast. “New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan,” is an anthology being compiled by FRANKIE SACHS. Stories, poems and a celebration of Japanese culture will be included and some of the talent that have contributed to New Sun Rising have provided their work for the podcast.


Links to the show:
iTunes (and remember, itunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989


New Sun Rising will be out at the end of May, but in the meantime, please enjoy this very special episode of The Word Count: Podcast for Japan.

An interview with editor and writer FRANKIE SACHS is included!

FRANKE’S Bio: Frankie Sachs’ literary qualifications consist of an extensive collection of restraining orders from editors. Being in charge of this project is karma.


I like her. 🙂


Our guests this week:


berit_EllingsenBERIT ELLINGSEN “Three Posters for Japan” –Read by Annie Evett


Berit Ellingsen is a Norwegian literary and speculative fiction author. She is also a science journalist and has a dark past as a game, film and music reviewer. Her work has or will appear in various online literary journals and in print anthologies, most recently in SPLIT Quarterly, The Subterranean Literary Journal and Zouch Magazine. Berit admits to pine for the fjords when abroad. Her debut novel, The

Empty City, is inspired by philosophies like zen and taoism.



Blog: http://www.ninja-wizard.blogspot.com/

Book site: http://emptycitynovel.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BeritEllingsen

or @BeritEllingsen

Mark_Kerstetter_in_Central_ParkMARK KERSTETTER “The Three Halbun”
Mark Kerstetter steals time away from restoring an old house in Florida to write and make art out of salvaged wood. His writing has appeared in many online journals, and he is the winner of several awards, including the Jerry Jazz New Short Fiction Award. He is the former poetry editor for the online arts journal Escape into Life.
Website: The Bricoleur  http://markerstetter.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @markerstetter




fritz_bogott_author_photoFRITZ BOGOTT “Ningyodash” –Read by Annie Evett

Fritz Bogott keeps bees and writes stories in Northfield, Minnesota.


Website: http://fritzbogott.com/

Twitter: @fritzbogott


damiencedwardsDAMIEN C. EDWARDS “The Unfortunate Incident of the Broken Weeinie” –Read by Marcus Pater

Damien lives in Sydney, Australia with his lovely couch and two computers called Blackie and Molly.?http://damiencedwards.com



The audio recording for The Unfortunate Incident of the Broken Weenie was read and produced by Marcus Pater http://www3.showcast.com.au/showcast/marcuspater




marcus_speh_pic_zweiMARCUS SPEH “Gyoza Express”


Marcus Speh is a writer, ex-particle physicist, professor, executive coach, web head, father, fictionaut, former fencer and paratrooper, cur­rent maitre d’ of the  kaffe in katmandu and curator of the  One Thousand Shipwrecked Penguins project, who lives in Berlin and blogs at  Nothing To Flawnt .


LINKS: http://marcusspeh.com

TWITTER: @marcus_speh


DJUDONALD JACOB UITYLUGT “The Road to NeoSendai” –Read by Solange Noir 

Published author, interviewer and all-around creative talent from Australia, her heart-wrench autobiographical book, Empty Chairs is available from Amazon.




Tyson_BleyTYSON BLEY “Please Help Me Find the Dollar I Lost” –Read by Frankie Sachs


Tyson Bley walks dogs for a living. He writes mainly about these experiences. He lives in Germany.


Website: http://soapstain.blogspot.com/


Twitter: @FrankZok



Simon_Paul_WilsonSIMON PAUL WILSON “Kibou” –Read by Jane Roberts


Simon Paul Wilson was born in England but decided to travel around Asia and forgot to go back.


Currently living in Guangzhou, China, his writing has been deeply influenced by Asian culture and authors such as Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa.


His first book, ‘Yuko Zen Is Somewhere Else’, can be found on the Authonomy website and has received high praise. His second book, ‘See You When the World Ends’ is nearing completion.


Simon is extremely proud to be a part of the ‘New Sun Rising’ project and considers his contribution, ‘Kibou’, to be a kooky tale that may bring a tear to the eye.


When not writing, Simon usually spends his time listening to very loud music while playing air-guitar and other instruments.


Website: http://simonpaulwilson.wordpress.com/