Summer Shorts ’14 – Day 13!

Day six of POETRY WEEK! featuring Katherine Kellgren offering the playful, Father William at Overreaderand Carrington MacDuffie offering a reading of her original poem, Al’s Boy, over at Beth Fish Reads.


…and this just in! The fab Insatiable Critic is running a special weekly feature through the rest of June – BONUS LISTEN FRIDAY! This week, she is featuring a bonus listen day of How Do I Love Thee? read by Coleen Marlo – so be sure to check that out.


Listening & Downloading 

Father William is offered in full for online listening today, 6/13, only. Full compilation available via Tantor Media – all proceeds benefit ProLiteracy.

If player does not function properly, go directly to SoundCloud track by clicking HERE.


Father William, by Lewis Carroll

You Are Old, Father William is a poem by Lewis Carroll that appears in his book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Like most poems in Alice, the poem is a parody of a poem then well-known to children, of Robert Southey’s didactic poem “The Old Man’s Comforts and How He Gained Them”, originally published in 1799. Like the other poems parodied by Lewis Carroll in Alice, this original poem is now mostly forgotten, and only the parody is remembered. Carroll’s parody “undermines the pious didacticism of Southey’s original and gives Father William an eccentric vitality that rebounds upon his idiot questioner” Martin Gardner calls it “one of the undisputed masterpieces of nonsense verse.”
Katherine Kellgren Katherine Kellgren has recorded over two hundred audiobooks and is a multiple Audie Award winner (including two for Best Solo Narration—Female). Among her titles are five recipients of the American Library Association’s Odyssey Honor, as well as numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, and ForeWord Reviews‘s Audiobook of the Year. She has been named a Voice of Choice by Booklist and is on AudioFile‘s list of Golden Voices. Katherine is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and lives in New York.


Melanie Cremins has: teenagers, pets, a spouse, a job, and a really, really large number of books. She writes about them at and tweets about them @dakiMel, and sometimes reviews them in various official places like the Minneapolis StarTribune, even though she lives in Houston. She’s a PRO member of RWA and her short fiction has been anthologized.

Listening & Downloading 

Al’s Boy is offered in full for online listening today, 6/13 only. Full compilation available via Tantor Media – all proceeds benefit ProLiteracy.

If player does not function properly, go directly to SoundCloud track by clicking HERE.

Al’s Boy, by Carrington MacDuffie

An entertaining, rhythmic and half-rhymed account of the span of a passionate relationship, an how a father/son dynamic heavily influences the unfolding of the romance—illustrating how we do unto others what was done to us, while doing our best. Copyright is held by Carringto MacDuffie. Included with permission.

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook Many Things Invisible. In addition to her narration work, she has released an album of original songs entitled Only an Angel. As a poet and spoken-word performer, Carrington MacDuffie has published her work in journals across the country, in a collection, On the Dreaming Earth (Subaqueous Press, 2001), as well as in an audiobook, Many Things Invisible. She has recited and performed her poetry at venues ranging from LA coffeehouses to the museums and poetry festivals of the Northwest. She served for several years as poetry editor of the literary journal Square Lake, where she enjoyed discovering and publishing unknown writers alongside of literary notables. For more about Carrington, visit



Candace is a full-time freelance book editor whose clients include both major publishing firms and prominent independent presses. She is also a freelance book reviewer and journalist, covering books in a wide range of genres. On her blog, Beth Fish Reads, she posts book reviews, features her favorite imprints, and hosts Weekend Cooking (a popular foodie meme). When she’s not reading, she’s probably listening to an audiobook while cooking, gardening, walking, making lace, or taking photographs. To keep in touch with Candace, visit her blog or follow her on Twitter.




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