Ryan Warner, left, and short story writer Antonya Nelson at the Tattered Cover Bookstore off of Colfax Avenue in Denver.

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This special first aired on Aug. 20, 2015.

Short story writers may have to be brief, but it doesn’t mean they are short on things to say. We listen back to some of our favorite Colorado Matters interviews with writers of short prose.

  • Animal encounters: From mosquitos to mountain lions, author Craig Childs reflects on his “uncommon” experiences with wildlife.
  • Why birding is good for writers: Ouray author Kent Nelson discusses his book “The Spirit Bird,”which is filled with colorful characters of the human -- and avian -- variety
  • “Funny Once”: Antonya Nelson, who lives part-time in Colorado, talks about the ex-husbands, ex-wives and ex-step parents that populate her collection of short stories.