004: The Squeaky Wheel, by Sara Kate Ellis

"The Squeaky Wheel" by Sara Kate Ellis

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About the Author: Sara Kate Ellis is a 2011 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow and the winner of the 2015 Defenestrationism short fiction contest. Her stories have appeared in The Red Penny Papers, Ideomancer, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Crossed Genres.

She lives in Tokyo with her partner and her cat, Tom, and likes Soba.

About the Audio: The story is read by Nicole Brown and Faith Gregory. Intro and outro are by Faith Gregory. The intro music is "Boom Boom Box," and the outro is "I Was Three," both by Ben Bunker.


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