June Is Audiobook Month and in celebration, the audiobook community is giving back. Spoken Freely – a group of more than 40 professional narrators – has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media to celebrate June is Audiobook Month by offering Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. All proceeds from sales of the collection will go to ProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization.
As a “Thank you!” to listeners, pieces will be available for free online listening on their day of release. For the full schedule, check out the Spoken Freely page of the Going Public blog but don’t forget that the purchase of the Summer Shorts ’14 compilation not only gives you 20 bonus tracks but all proceeds will benefit ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation and a group that advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction.
As someone who loves poetry, I’m honored to be able to host this recording of Paul Boehmer performing “Mother’s Ashes” from Motherless, a collection of poems by Kimberly Morgan. The three poems in the compilation are a sampling of a collection written the year following the death of Kimberly’s mother. They deal honestly and frankly with the love and longing of the passing of a parent as well as acknowledging the complicated relationship between parent and child.
Copyright is held by Kimberly Morgan. Recorded with permission.
Paul Boehmer attended his first Shakespearean play while in high school; he knew then that he was destined to become the classically trained actor he is today. Graduating with a Masters Degree, Paul was cast as Hamlet by the very stage actor who inspired his career path. A nod from the Universe he’d chosen aright! Paul has worked on Broadway and extensively in Regional Theatre; coinciding with another of his passions, Sci-Fi, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek. Paul’s love of literature and learning led him by nature to his work as a narrator for Audiobooks, his latest endeavor. Paul is married to the love of his life, Offir and they live in Los Angeles with their two midnight-rambling Tomcats Dread & David.
Summer Shorts ’14 is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Post-production, marketing support, and publication provided by Tantor Media. Graphic design provided by f power design. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands. Non-profit partnership coordination provided by Karen White.
But wait, there’s more! Today is a two-fer, with narrator Robin Miles over at The Project Gutenberg Project and don’t forget to check out the previous post in this series: a double-feature with Patrick Lawlor and David Drummond at Overreader. You may also want to mark your calendar for tomorrow’s posts featuring John Lee at Literate Housewife and Käthe Mazur at Lakeside Musing.