Page Fright: A Literary Podcast

14. Chelene Knight

An episode of Page Fright: A Literary Podcast

By A.W. French
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A.W. French interviews established and emerging authors about breaking through as writers and finding their literary style.
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A.W. French interviews established and emerging authors about breaking through as writers and finding their literary style.
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16. Rhea Tregebov
Rhea Tregebov talks about her new novel Rue des Rosiers (Coteau Books, 2019). Andrew leaves his comfort zone and reads a novel for fun for the first time in years. It's a genuinely fun conversation. ----- Click here to check out Page Fright Live! ----- Rhea Tregebov’s first novel, The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, published by Coteau Books, won the J.I Segal Award for fiction, was shortlisted for the Kobzar Award, and was listed in the Globe and Mail’s top 100 books. An award-winning poet and celebrated author of children’s picture books, Tregebov has also edited numerous anthologies. Born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg, she did postgraduate studies at Cornell and Boston Universities, worked for many years as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, and from 2004 to 2017 was a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Now an Associate Professor Emerita at UBC, Tregebov continues to live and write in Vancouver. Andrew French is a poet and academic who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. French holds a BA in English from Huron University College at Western University, and is pursuing an MA in English at UBC. He writes poems, book reviews, and hosts this very podcast. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here.
54:30
November 14, 2019
15. Fiona Tinwei Lam
Fiona talks poetry and video poems. Andrew loves Fiona's use of form. It's a stellar time for all. ----- Click here to check out Page Fright Live! ----- Fiona Tinwei Lam is an award-winning writer who teaches at SFU’s Continuing Studies. Her third collection of poetry, Odes & Laments, was published this Fall with Caitlin Press. Fiona has authored two previous poetry books, a children’s book, edited two essay collections, and her work appears in more than 30 anthologies. Andrew William (A.W.) French is a poet and academic who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. French holds a BA in English from Huron University College at Western University, and is pursuing an MA in English at UBC. He writes poems, book reviews, and hosts this very podcast. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here.
50:10
November 6, 2019
14. Chelene Knight
Chelene Knight talks about her poetry and forthcoming novel. Andrew doesn't notice the echo. The echo makes everything Chelene says twice as nice. ----- Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter. Knight is currently working on Junie, a novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, forthcoming in 2020. She was selected as a 2019 Writers' Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy. -----  Andrew William (A.W.) French is a poet and academic who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. French holds a BA in English from Huron University College at Western University, and is pursuing an MA in English at UBC. He writes poems, book reviews, and hosts this very podcast. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
55:53
October 23, 2019
13. John Elizabeth Stintzi
John Elizabeth Stintzi discusses their scientifically-inclined poetry project Plow Forward the Higgs Field (Rahila's Ghost). Andrew is intimidated by talking to somebody who can tell you what a molecule is with some confidence. It's really just a great time overall. Pre-Order Plow Forward the Higgs Field HERE. ----- John Elizabeth Stintzi is a non-binary poet and novelist who was raised on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. They are the winner of the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers' Trust of Canada as well as The Malahat Review's 2019 Long Poem Prize. Their work has been published (or is forthcoming) in The Malahat Review, Kenyon Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Ploughshares. Their second chapbook of poetry, Plough Forward the Higgs Field, is imminently forthcoming from Rahila's Ghost Press this fall, and their debut novel Vanishing Monuments will be released in the spring of 2020 by Arsenal Pulp Press. They currently live with their partner and a dog named Grendel in Kansas City, Missouri. ----- Andrew William (A.W.) French is a poet and academic who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. French holds a BA in English from Huron University College at Western University, and is pursuing an MA in English at UBC. He writes poems, book reviews, and hosts this very podcast. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
36:44
October 16, 2019
12. Carlie Blume
Carlie Blume talks poetry and motherhood. Andrew's Skype is slow. It's a lovely time for all, despite the lag... ----- Carlie Blume is a Vancouver born writer of poetry and fiction. She is a 2017 graduate of The Writer’s Studio, the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive and Chelene Knight’s Advanced Poetry Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Maynard, Train: a poetry journal, Loose Lips Magazine, BAD DOG Review, Pulp Mag, and GUEST poetry journal. Currently she is the Advertising Coordinator for Chelene Knight’s Learn Writing Essentials and she lives outside of Vancouver with her husband and two children. She's on twitter at @carlie_blume. ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
48:13
October 10, 2019
11. Chris Bailey
Chris Bailey talks about writing poetry that doesn't sound like AC/DC's discography. Andrew falls in love with Chris' accent. It's a splendid affair. ----- Chris Bailey is a commercial fisherman and from North Lake, Prince Edward Island. He got his MFA from the University of Guelph and is a past recipient of the Milton Acorn Award for poetry. His writing has appeared in Grain, Brick, The Buzz, The Town Crier, FreeFall and on CBC's Mainstreet PEI. Chris' debut poetry collection, What Your Hands Have Done, is available from Nightwood Editions. Twitter @thischrisbailey. ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
33:27
October 2, 2019
10. Daniel Cowper
Daniel Cowper has advice for the people who don't like poetry. Andrew brings in a journal we've seen before. Everybody is happy. ----- Daniel Cowper's poetry has appeared in Arc, Vallum, CV2, Prairie Fire, and various other literary publications in Canada, the US, and Ireland. In 2017 he was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize, and a chapbook of his poetry, The God of Doors, was published by Frog Hollow Press, was published as co-winner of Frog Hollow's chapbook contest. His first full length collection of poetry, Grotesque Tenderness, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in summer 2019. He lives on Bowen Island, BC, with his wife, Emily Osborne, and their baby. ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
43:20
September 26, 2019
9. David Ly
David Ly talks about the best doughnuts. Andrew loves Grindr epigraphs. Everybody leaves in high spirits. ----- David Ly is the author of Stubble Burn (Anstruther Press, 2018) and Mythical Man (Anstruther Books, 2020). His poetry has also appeared in publications such as PRISM international, The Puritan, carte blanche, Pulp Literature, The Maynard, and The /tƐmz/ Review. He has been long- and short-listed for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Poetry and the Magpie Award in Poetry, respectively. Twitter @dlylyly. ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
40:13
September 11, 2019
8. Isabella Wang
Isabella Wang talks about poetic form. Andrew brings in a super fun book. Everybody is delighted. ----- Isabella Wang's debut poetry chapbook is On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press 2019). At 19, she has been shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly's Edna Staebler Essay Contest, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over twenty literary journals including CV2, Minola Review, and carte blanche, and is forthcoming in the What You Need to Know Anthology (The Hawkins Project, co-founded by Dave Eggers). She is an assistant editor at Room magazine,  RA for SpokenWeb, and pursuing a double major in English and World Literature at SFU. ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
36:13
September 5, 2019
7. Cassidy McFadzean
Cassidy McFadzean talks about poetry, astrology, and transitioning between forms. Andrew talks about a scary tarot reading. Everyone ends up smiling. ----- Cassidy McFadzean was born in Regina, graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently lives in Toronto. She is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015), which won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in BOAAT, Event, The Fiddlehead, PRISM international, and The Best Canadian Poetry 2016, and have been shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize and The Walrus Poetry Prize. Her second book is Drolleries (M&S 2019). ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
37:19
August 23, 2019
6. Aislinn Hunter
Aislinn Hunter talks teaching, writing, and finding your passion. Andrew brings her a spicy book of poetry. All parties are pleased. ----- Aislinn Hunter (born in Belleville, Ontario) is a Canadian poetry and fiction author. She studied art history and writing at the University of Victoria where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her Master of Fine Arts degree came from the University of British Columbia, her MSc in Writing and Cultural Politics came from the University of Edinburgh as did her PhD where she wrote on writers' houses/museums and resonant things with a focus on the Victorian era and thing theory via Heidegger. She currently teaches Creative Writing part-time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Hunter's research interests include material culture, museums, books-as-things, Victorian writers and ephemera. Her 2002 novel Stay was adapted for film by Wiebke Von Carolsfeld and released as a Telefilm / Irish Film Board co-production in 2013, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. It stars Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling. Her novel, The World Before Us, set in a UK museum, was published by Doubleday, Canada in 2014 and by Hamish Hamilton in the UK, Hogarth Press in the US, and Marchand de Feuilles in Quebec. It won the 2015 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a New York Times Editor's Choice Book, an NPR 'Best Book' and a Chatelaine Book Club pick. In the spring of 2017 her third book of poetry, Linger, Still, was published by Gaspereau Press. It won the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry and was long-listed for the Pat Lowther Poetry Prize. Dr Hunter was selected to be a Canadian War Artist and in 2018 she worked with the Canadian Armed Forces and with NATO Forces at CFB Suffield. Her new novel 'The Certainties' is due out in 2020 with Knopf Canada. She was married for 25 years but lost her husband to brain cancer in 2018. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright 
42:10
August 6, 2019
5. Hasan Namir
Hasan Namir discusses love, equality, and his incredible writing. Andrew regrets not bringing his copy of Hasan's book. Everybody enjoys themselves. ----- Iraqi-Canadian author Hasan Namir graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, and in the film God in Pink: A Documentary. He was recently named a writer to watch by CBC books.  Hasan lives in Vancouver with his husband. War/Torn (2019, Book*Hug) is his latest poetry book  ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright 
31:28
July 18, 2019
4. Aidan Chafe
Aidan Chafe discusses his book, mental illness, and why growing up is hard. Andrew agrees and is in awe of Aidan's writing. Everybody has a great time. ----- Aidan Chafe is a public school teacher and the author of Short Histories of Light (2018), and the chapbooks Right Hand Hymns and Sharpest Tooth. He lives in Burnaby, BC, and is on twitter @allegorically.  ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright 
42:19
July 11, 2019
3. Hannah MacReady
Hannah MacReady talks about how the heck they decide what should be published. Andrew gets really excited about the names of Hannah's doggos. Everybody leaves smiling. ----- Hannah Macready is an American-Canadian writer who currently lives in Vancouver, BC. Hannah is a recent graduate of the University of Wales Creative Writing program, where she graduated with honours. In 2017 she received the Maurice Hodgson Award for Creative Distinction. Her work has been published in Bandit Fiction (UK) and in two of the Pearls anthologies published by Douglas College.  She's on twitter at @hannahmacready. ----- Listen to more episodes at: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright 
36:03
July 6, 2019
2. A.H. Reaume
A.H. Reaume talks about her novel-in-progress. Andrew slurps tea that she so graciously provided. Everybody has fun.  ------ A .H. Reaume is a writer who swears too much, reads too much, and is currently in too many book clubs (four in total). She has won multiple awards for her feminist activism and is even mentioned in a textbook about Canadian women’s history. Reaume has an MA in Canadian Literature from the University of British Columbia and has been published in the Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, USAToday.com, and Time.com. She lives in Vancouver. ----- Listen to more: www.theandrewfrench.com/pagefright
48:06
July 3, 2019
1. Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Shazia Hafiz Ramji wonders whether people write naked or not. Andrew stumbles through the show's first interview. Everybody is happy. ----- Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s first book, Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was chosen by CBC as one of the best Canadian poetry books of 2018.  Her fiction and criticism have appeared in The Humber Literary Review and Quill & Quire, respectively. She held a writing residency with Open Book in the spring of 2019. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land (Vancouver) where works as a publishing consultant and editor for various presses across Canada.
25:30
June 26, 2019
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