Bound Off

was a monthly audio magazine of literary short stories, founded in 2006, and based in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa.

Bound Off stopped publishing new stories in 2015.

The audio archive was moved to Substack in late 2023.

Our mission was to merge the oral tradition of storytelling with new technology to create a digital audio magazine.

Bound Off is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to paying authors for their work. All staff are unpaid volunteers.

We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer.


Kelly Shriver Kolln
Publisher, co-founder, and board member Kelly Shriver Kolln graduated
with a degree in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She lives in Cedar
Rapids and is a full-time writer. Read her published stories at

Ann Rushton
Editor, co-founder, and board member Ann Rushton graduated with a degree in English at the University of Iowa. She lived in Iowa City, but now lives in West Des Moines, Iowa. Ann’s web site is being rebuilt for 2024.

Mark Rushton
Technical editor Mark Rushton provides audio editing and mixing of the podcast. His music is heard in the background, or via the free download album Themes For at Bandcamp. Find out more about his music at

Marcela Fuentes
Special Projects Editor and board member Marcela Fuentes is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has been published in the Indiana Review, the Vestal Review, Blackbird, and various other literary journals. Recent work has been selected for inclusion in Best of the Web 2009 and New Stories from the Southwest. She is at work on her first novel.

Justyn Harkin
Story Editor Justyn Harkin lives with his wife and daughter in Chicago. He earned an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he fell in love with short fiction, flash, and cross-genre experiments.

KJ Hannah Greenberg
Associate Editor KJ Hannah Greenberg has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Best of the Net. Her most recent books include: The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2013), Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013), Intelligence’s Vast Bonfires (Lazarus Media, 2012), Supernal Factors (The Camel Saloon Books on Blog, 2012), Fluid & Crystallized (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2012), A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend (Unbound CONTENT, 2011), and Oblivious to the Obvious: Wishfully Mindful Parenting (French Creek Press, 2010).

Ashley Cowger
Associate Editor Ashley Cowger is the author of the short story collection Peter Never Came, which was awarded the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in several literary journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. Learn more at

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