A Reading at Engine, Featuring Douglas W. Milliken, Joshua Bodwell, Mira Ptacin, and Bill Roorbach

The latest installment of In the Telling, our semi-weekly podcast series, captures a reading that took place at Engine, a nonprofit arts organization located in Biddeford, Maine. The reading featured Slice alums who reside in Maine: Douglas W. Milliken, Joshua Bodwell, Mira Ptacin, and Bill Roorbach. As you’ll notice in the podcast, it was lively event, fueled by great prose and some delicious beer from the folks at Banded Horn Brewing Co. Our sincere thanks to Tammy Ackerman, the director of Engine, for co-hosting the event. Peter Swegart, also a Maine native, produced this issue of “In the Telling.”

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the codex White Horses, as well as stories and essays featured recently in McSweeney’s, the Believer, and Nat. Brut. “Pillars” was written as part of a fellowship with the I-Park Foundation. For the time being, Douglas lives in Portland, Maine.

Joshua Bodwell is the executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and co-founder of the arts organization Engine. He is a regular contributor to Poets & Writers magazine and a contributing editor at the online journal Fiction Writers Review.

Mira Ptacin is a Maine-based creative nonfiction author. She runs the writing program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and recently completed a memoir about the uterus and the American dream. Mira lives on Peaks Island, Maine, with her husband, their son Theo, and their two dogs Huckleberry and Maybe. Find her at

Bill Roorbach‘s newest book is Life Among Giants, a novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, the Atlantic, Playboy, and lots of other places, such as on NPR’s Selected Shorts. He has won the Flannery O’Connor Award, an O. Henry Prize, and a number of other awards and fellowships. Bill has taught at Columbia University, Ohio State, Holy Cross, and Colby College, but has now left academia. He blogs at and writes full time. He lives in Western Maine with his wife and daughter and quite a few animals.

Peter Swegart is twenty-three years old and lives in Portland, Maine. He is a musician, reader and a fan of a second piece of cake. He writes poems whenever he is lucky enough to feel like he is able to do so.

In the Telling Artwork by Andrea Sparacio.

Series curator Tim Mucci has been published by Slice magazine and has done comic scriptwriting for both Dark Horse Comics and Sterling Publishing’s All-Action Classics series. He knows about UFOs, dragons, the occult and other stuff and is excited to be talking about Clark Ashton Smith on his other podcast The Double Shadow. He lives in Brooklyn with his artist wife and cat (not an artist); you can send him donuts via his twitter account: @timx13.