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LikeWise Fiction

14 EpisodesProduced by Likewise Media LLCWebsite

Outstanding diverse fiction. Hosted by writer and photographer Mike Sakasegawa, LikeWise Fiction features stories written by women and nonbinary authors, authors of color, and LGBTQ+ authors.

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February 22nd, 2024


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"Seasons of Glass and Iron," by Amal El-Mohtar

April 5th, 2020


Seasons of Glass and Iron, by Amal El-Mohtar. Tabitha is cursed to walk in iron shoes. Amira is imprisoned, alone, atop a hill of glass. Two fairy tales converse in this story, and two women rescue each other.

(Content …

"Evangelina Concepcion," by Ani Sison Cooney

March 16th, 2020


Evangelina Concepcion, by Ani Sison Cooney. A young Latina woman growing up in Los Angeles struggles with grief after her mother is killed in a car accident.

(Content note: contains some strong language and references …

"Acknowledgments," by Maggie Shipstead

March 2nd, 2020


Acknowledgments, by Maggie Shipstead. On the eve of the publication of his self-referential debut novel, The Canon According to D. M. Murphy, Daniel M. Murphy narrowly avoids a moment of self-awareness.

(Content note: …

"Auspicium Melioris Aevi," by Neon Yang

February 17th, 2020


Auspicium Melioris Aevi, by Neon Yang. In a future where famous historical leaders are cloned and trained in a mysterious Academy to become advisors to the world’s nations, the fiftieth copy of Harry Lee Kuan Yew tries …

"The Story of the Woman Who Fell in Love with Death," by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

February 3rd, 2020


The Story of the Woman Who Fell in Love with Death, by Chaya Bhuvaneswar. A young boy immerses himself in story, trying to find meaning and wholeness …

"A Nest of Ghosts, a House of Birds," by Kat Howard

January 20th, 2020


A Nest of Ghosts, a House of Birds, by Kat Howard. In this lovely and haunting story, a young woman inherits her grandmothers house. When she …

"The Friend," by Lindsay Hatton

December 23rd, 2019


The Friend, by Lindsay Hatton. A WWI veteran comes to the Big Sur coast to oversee the construction of an iconic bridge, and strikes up an unlikely friendship with an unusual stranger.

(This story first appeared in the …

"Spirit of Home," by José Pablo Iriarte

December 9th, 2019


Spirit of Home, by José Pablo Iriarte. A migrant father and daughter living on Mars are brought together by a taste of home.

(This story first appeared in Motherboard.)

Show Notes: José Pablo Iriarte's website is

"The Best Light Fades," by Rachel Lyon

November 25th, 2019


The Best Light Fades, by Rachel Lyon. A young writer struggles to find her voice and get her artistic career started, all while having to care for her aging father and her literal clown of a boyfriend.

(This story first …

"Crow's Eye," by Sarah Hollowell

November 11th, 2019


Crow's Eye, by Sarah Hollowell. "Her entire life, Ruby has known that something lives in the lake. She’s never seen it, but she’s felt its fingers …

"How to Be Chinese," by Celeste Ng

October 28th, 2019


How to Be Chinese, by Celeste Ng. Mackenzie is excited to explore and connect with her Chinese heritage when she goes off to college, but finds the …

"Whale Fall," by Alvin Park

October 14th, 2019


Whale Fall, by Alvin Park. A whale washes ashore, a village loses its memories, and a relationship falls apart.

(This story first appeared in issue 60 of SmokeLong Quarterly.)

Bonus Interview: Subscribers to the …

Introducing LikeWise Fiction!

September 30th, 2019


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