The Outcasts of Poker Flats & a Parthian Volley of Expletives from Uncle Billy-Ep.28

A 45 minute short story episode centered on Bret Harte’s short story, “The Outcasts of Poker Flats.” Kelsey talks about some writing tidbits she has picked up from her mentor, TC Tolbert. Kaisha nerds out on her latest bovine reading find. We discuss Maggie Nelson’s technique of leaning against other writers.

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This month we will be giving away a Victorian book box put together by Kaisha. To enter, simply follow us on social media and then interact with us or leave us a review! We explain more about how the giveaway works toward the end of the show notes.

Bookish Rants:

Kaisha tells us about her latest literary find–

Author Rants:

  1. New writing nuggets
    1. I’ve been writing a crap-ton of poetry as I work with my winter mentor, TC Tolbert and I’ve discovered two things–
      1. Poetry is killer at giving you line level editing skills.
      2. TC is the most amazing person ever. Here are some of his tidbits:
        1. Your power to tell a unique story lies in the language.
        2. Write whenever you can.

Which brings us to Prompt Up:

  • Tell this story: During the hottest summer on record, a reformed hit man slowly transforms into a centaur.
  • Don’t forget to share your writing with us. You can submit your writing to be featured through the Submit Your Writing tab at or post it as a comment on our show notes!

Short Story Powwow:

It’s that time again! For today’s Powwow we are reading another short story from Somerset Maugham‘s Teller of Tales.

The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Francis Bret Harte.


  • As Mr. John Oakhurst, gambler, stepped into the main street of Poker Flat on the morning of the twenty-third of November, 1850, he was conscious of a change in its moral atmosphere since the preceding night. Two or three men, conversing earnestly together, ceased as he approached, and exchanged significant glances. There was a Sabbath lull in the air which, in a settlement unused to Sabbath influences, looked ominous.
  • and a Parthian volley of expletives from Uncle Billy

Next reading if you want to read along: “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner.

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