a hopepunk audio fiction anthology series


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Episode 1 – “Stars”

(Release Date Dec. 9, 2019)
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featuring Sena Bryer and Cole Burkhardt; written by D.J. Sylvis

Stars is a conversation between two nonbinary lovers who have never met, brought closer by the universe that surrounds them both.

Sena Bryer (she/her) – Sena is a Los Angeles-based voice actor and writer. Relatively new to the acting world, her current credits include the narrator of the Steam Whistle Alley audiobook, and roles in the audio dramas The Pilgrimage Saga and Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services. She is also the author of the Dreambound novel series. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, tabletop RPGs, and petting dogs.

Cole Burkhardt (they/them) – Cole Burkhardt currently resides in Washington D.C and has tried everything from streaming tabletop games on Twitch to spelunking deep underground. They are the Creator and Co-Producer of the Piece of Cake Podcasting Network, a network devoted to helping people of color within the podcasting industry. They have voiced and produced a variety of podcasts, such as Unplaced, Project Ozma and Counterbalance. When they’re not working, Cole is traveling to conventions across the East Coast, discussing gender and sexuality in video games, tabletop games, podcasts and most other forms of media.
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Episode 2 – “Super”

(Release Date Jan. 9, 2020)
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featuring Martin Chodorek; written by D.J. Sylvis

On a busy city corner stands a guy in a Superman suit, taking pictures with tourists and asking for donations. You gotta be a little strange to choose that for your day to day, right?

Martin Chodorek (he/him) – Marty is a Torontonian tabletop roleplaying gaming enthusiast who is trying to be more than the sum of his privileged parts. He has frolicked in the worlds of D.J.’s imagination many times before and feels honoured to have been invited to return. He hopes you enjoy the sound of his voice and will have occasion to hear it in other places of the uncharted cyberwilderness soon.

Episode 3 – “Chance”

(Release Date Feb. 9, 2020)
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featuring Tina Daniels and Danielle Shemaiah; written by D.J. Sylvis

In a possible future, a scout ship orbits a distant planet. While the two women inside perform their duties, they reveal to one another more of their selves than ever before – and along the way, they discover what it truly means to take a chance.


Episode 4 – “A Man Who Wasn’t There”

(Release Date March 9, 2020)
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featuring Shannon Perry; written by D.J. Sylvis

This episode is a tribute to a beloved and influential author in my personal pantheon, Douglas Adams.  His work has entertained and amused me for most of my life – so this month I’ve dusted off a short story I wrote some years back called, “A Man Who Wasn’t There,” asked my friend and fellow enthusiast Shannon Perry to give it a dramatic reading, and here we are. Share and Enjoy!

Shannon Perry (she/her) — Word herder and consummate liar (in fiction, but never on her taxes), Shannon’s verbal skills long ago dictated that she would be a writer. Scribbler of Oz 9 podcast as well as kiddo books Marietta and the Creeping Nasties and Marietta and the Giant Mistake, Shannon is a firm believer that whimsy is serious business. She loves the writing of both Douglas Adams and DJ Sylvis and still can’t quite believe her luck being asked to narrate this piece.



Cover art by Cora (@lavendercora). Theme song for MonkeyTales is “Follow the Muse” by Deborah Linden, from the album NaNoWriMusic 2008.

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