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Page Fright: A Literary Podcast

Page Fright: A Literary Podcast

By Andrew French
Andrew French interviews established and emerging authors about breaking through as writers and finding their literary style.
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40. "Render" w/ Sachiko Murakami

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42. "The Certainties" w/ Aislinn Hunter
Aislinn Hunter discusses her novel, The Certainties.  Andrew talks about Aislinn's novel being the first he's read in about a year. It's a blast! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. Follow the podcast on twitter here. ----- Aislinn Hunter is an award-winning novelist and poet and the author of seven highly acclaimed books including the novel ‘The World Before Us’ – a NYT Editor’s Choice book, a Guardian and NPR Book the Year, and winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her work has been adapted into music, dance, art, and film forms ­– including a feature film based on her novel ‘Stay’ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Hunter holds degrees in Creative Writing, Art History, Writing and Cultural Politics and English Literature. In 2018 she served as a Canadian War Artist working with Canadian and NATO forces at CFB Suffield. She teaches creative writing part-time and lives in Vancouver, BC. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew holds a BA in English from Huron University College at Western University and an MA in English from UBC. He writes poems, book reviews, and hosts this very podcast.
51:12
October 14, 2020
41. "The Outer Wards" w/ Sadiqa de Meijer
Sadiqa de Meijer talks about her poetry collection, The Outer Wards.  Andrew fumbles through questions and talks about Sadiqa's poem that he wrote about in his thesis. It's fun for everyone! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Sadiqa de Meijer’s debut collection, Leaving Howe Island, was a nominee for the 2014 Governor General's Award for English-language poetry and for the 2014 Pat Lowther Award. Her book of essays, alfabet / alphabet, is out now with Palimpsest Press. She lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario. Click here to attend Sadiqa's reading with Annick MacAskill and Klara du Plessis on 2 October, 2020. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew holds a BA in English from Huron University College at Western University and an MA in English from UBC. He writes poems, book reviews, and hosts this very podcast.
54:30
September 30, 2020
40. "Render" w/ Sachiko Murakami
Sachiko Murakami talks about their latest poetry collection, Render.  Andrew discusses form and trying to figure out how to write with it. It's a wonderful time! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Sachiko Murakami is the author of Render (2020), The Invisibility Exhibit (2008), Rebuild (2011), and Get Me Out of Here (2015). As a literary worker, she has edited poetry for various presses, worked for trade organizations, hosted reading series, organized conferences, sat on juries, and judged prizes. She lives in Toronto. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew holds a BA in English from Huron University College at Western University and an MA in English from UBC. He writes poems, book reviews, and hosts this very podcast.
43:03
September 12, 2020
39. Dildo Poems w/ Andy Verboom
Andy Verboom discusses his new poetry collection, DBL.  Andrew talks about Andy's early influence on him as an aspiring writer. It's a joyous occasion! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Andy Verboom is from subrural Nova Scotia and lives in K'jipuktuk (Halifax). He is the publisher of Insomniac Press and Collusion Books and the co-founder of long con magazine. His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2's Young Buck Prize and Arc's Poem of the Year, and appeared in Prism, The Puritan, Vallum, and elsewhere. DBL is his sixth chapbook. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
55:41
August 5, 2020
38. "Murmurations" w/ Annick MacAskill
Annick MacAskill discusses her new poetry collection, Murmurations.  Andrew talks about how e.e. cummings made him leave business school. It's a great time all around! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Annick MacAskill is a poet and the author of Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). Her debut collection, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), was nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award (Atlantic Book Awards). MacAskill has been a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize, The Fiddlehead‘s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Grain Magazine‘s Short Grain Contest, The New Quarterly‘s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, and other literary honours. Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada and abroad, including The Humber Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Canadian Notes & Queries, Plenitude, Grain Magazine, Prism, Versal, Room Magazine, The Stinging Fly, The Fiddlehead, Arc, Lemon Hound, and CV2. Originally from Ontario, she currently lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
54:37
July 22, 2020
37. Collaborative Writing w/ Conyer Clayton
Conyer Clayton discusses her new poetry collection, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite. Andrew asks Conyer about her awesome titles. It's a blast! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Conyer Clayton was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and now happily calls Ottawa home. She has six chapbooks: Trust Only the Beasts in the Water (above/ground press), /(post ghost press), Undergrowth (bird, buried press), Mitosis (In/Words Magazine and Press), For the Birds. For the Humans. (battleaxe press), and The Marshes (&Co Collective, 2017). She released a collaborative album with Nathanael Larochette, If the river stood still, in August 2018. Her work appears in ARC, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, The Maynard, Puddles of Sky Press, and other publications. She won ARC's 2017 iana Brebner Prize, placed third in Prairie Fire's 2017 Poetry Contest, and received honourable mention in The Fiddlehead's 2018 poetry prize. She is a member of the sound poetry ensemble Quatuor Gualuor, and writes reviews for Cathius. We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite is her first full-length collection of poems. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
39:41
July 8, 2020
36. "Hearts Amok" w/ Kevin Spenst
Kevin Spenst returns to talk Hearts Amok: A Memoir in Verse. Andrew celebrates a year of Page Fright. It's a fun episode for all! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Kevin Spenst, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, is the author of Hearts Amok, Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham), Flip Flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives (JackPine Press), and most recently Upend (Frog Hollow Press). His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Event, the Malahat Review, subTerrain magazine, Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2019. He co-organizes the Dead Poets Reading Series, and teaches Creative Writing at Vancouver Community College. He lives on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver) with the love of his life Shauna Kaendo. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
44:52
June 25, 2020
35. Lost Lagoon Poems w/ Betsy Warland
Betsy Warland discusses her new book of prose poems, Lost Lagoon / lost in thought. Andrew asks Betsy about how to find inspiration for a poem. It's a great time all around! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page— Reading the Act of Writing. In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions. Reviews have called it “an achievement,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.” In 2013, Warland created a new publishing template called Oscar’s Salon. An interactive salon that features excerpts from her manuscript Oscar of Between, Guest Writers and Artist’s work, the salon also includes a Featured Reader each month as well as readers’ comments. Warland co-founded with Myrna Kostash the Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective in 2004 that holds an annual conference for cnf writers creativenonfictioncollective.ca. She also founded and is a mentor in the one-on-one six-month International Vancouver Manuscript Intensive Program. Warland received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary in Vancouver in 2016. In 2017, she will be the Lyric Prose and Poetry Mentor for The Writer’s Studio at S.F.U. A professional manuscript consultant/editor for the past 30 years, Warland works with writers from across Canada and abroad. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
47:40
June 10, 2020
34. "Sweet Water" w/ Yvonne Blomer
Yvonne Blomer comes on the show to discuss Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds. Andrew is intrigued by the task of editing a poetry anthology. It's a wonderful time for all! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Yvonne Blomer is the author of a travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, and three books of poetry, as well as an editor, teacher and mentor in poetry and memoir. She served as the city of Victoria poet laureate from 2015-2018. In 2018 Yvonne was the Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Bateman Centre and created Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak, a chapbook of ekphrastic ecological poetry in response to Bateman’s art. In 2017 Yvonne edited the anthology Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press) with poets responding to their connection to the Pacific from the west coast of North America, and as far away as Japan and New Zealand. Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds is the second in a trilogy of water-based poetry anthologies coming out with Caitlin Press. She lives, works and raises her family on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. She gives thanks for the privilege of water. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
33:11
May 27, 2020
33. Potato Poems w/ Matthew Walsh
Matthew Walsh discusses their book, These are not the potatoes of my youth. Andrew is blown away by Matthew's editing technique. It's delightful! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Matthew Walsh hails from the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and has twice travelled by bus across Canada. Their poems may be found in the Malahat Review, Arc, Existere, Matrix, Carousel, and Geist. Walsh now lives in Toronto. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
35:07
May 13, 2020
32. "Junebat" and "Vanishing Monuments" w/ John Elizabeth Stintzi
Friend of the show John Elizabeth Stintzi returns to discuss their new books, Vanishing Monuments and Junebat! Andrew talks about getting back into poetry during quarantine. It's a delight! ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- John Elizabeth Stintzi is a novelist, poet, & teacher who was born and raised on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. Their work has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Watermill Center, and has been awarded the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. Spring of 2020 saw the publication of both their debut novel Vanishing Monuments (Arsenal Pulp Press) and their full-length poetry debut Junebat (House of Anansi). Stintzi’s work has been published throughout the United States and Canada, in places like Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead (see: Magazine Publications), and Best Canadian Poetry. They are also the author of two poetry chapbooks: Plough Forward the Higgs Field (Rahila’s Ghost, fall 2019) and The Machete Tourist (kfb 2018).  They currently live with their partner—as well as a dog named Grendel—in Kansas City, where they occasionally teach writing. They are also the resident design ghost at Split City Reads. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
34:35
April 29, 2020
31. Writing in Quarantine w/ Lauren Turner
Lauren Turner talks poetry, quarantine, and The Only Card in a Deck of Knives. Andrew asks about editing practices. It's a joy. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Lauren Turner is a disabled poet and essayist. She wrote The Onl Card in a Deck of Knives (Wolsak & Wynn 2020) and the chapbook, We're Not Going to Do Better Next Time (knife | fork | book, 2018). Her work has appeared in Grain, Arc Magazine, Poetry is Dead, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Puritan, canthius and elsewhere. She won the 2018 Short Grain Contest and was a finalist for the 2017 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She lives in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal on the unceded land of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
33:22
April 22, 2020
30. Curtis LeBlanc: "Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation"
Curtis LeBlanc talks poetry, working on a novel, and his new poetry book: Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation. Andrew picks a poem about Free Willy from Curtis' book to kick off the episode. Everything goes swimmingly. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Curtis LeBlanc is a poet and writer residing in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of Little Wild (Nightwood, 2018) and Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation (Nightwood, 2020). His work has appeared in Joyland, Geist, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, EVENT, PRISM International, Prairie Fire, Grain, and elsewhere. Curtis holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of the Readers’ Choice Award in the Arc Poem of the Year competition and has been shortlisted for The Walrus Poetry Prize. He’s also the co-founder and Managing Editor of Rahila’s Ghost Press. He is currently at work on his first novel. ----- Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
35:26
April 15, 2020
29. Writing and Rejection w/ Dave Bidini
Dave Bidini talks about his writing all across the world. Andrew is stoked to talk to the writer behind a song in his thesis. It's a great time for everyone. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Dave Bidini is a Canadian musician and writer. Originally from Etobicoke, Ontario, he was a founding member of the rock band Rheostatics, and currently performs with Bidiniband. In addition, he has published several books about music, travel and sports, and has written feature journalism pieces and columns for numerous Canadian magazines and newspapers. He is the only Canadian to have been nominated for all three of Canada's main entertainment awards, the Gemini Award for television work, the Genie Awards for film work and the Juno Awards for music, as well as being nominated on Canada's national book awards program, Canada Reads. Bidini is also Editor in Chief, President and Chair of the Board of West End Phoenix. ----- Andrew French is an author who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
37:53
April 9, 2020
28. "Disfigured" w/ Amanda Leduc
Amanda Leduc discusses her new book of essays, Disfigured. Andrew commends Amanda for pulling some really obscure fairy tales. Put this episode on while you take a basket of goodies through the wolf-infested woods to your grandmother. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Amanda Leduc is a disabled writer and author of the non-fiction book DISFIGURED: ON FAIRY TALES, DISABILITY, AND MAKING SPACE, out now with Coach House Books. She is also the author of the novel THE MIRACLES OF ORDINARY MEN, published in 2013 by ECW Press. Her new novel, THE CENTAUR’S WIFE, is forthcoming with Random House Canada in the spring of 2021. Her essays and stories have appeared in LitHub, The Rumpus, Little Fiction | Big Truths, The National Post, Open Book Ontario, and other publications across Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia. She has previously been longlisted for both the CBC Nonfiction Prize (2019 and 2014) and the CBC Fiction Prize (2014), the StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize (2015), the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Fiction (2015), the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest (2014), and the 2007 PRISM International Short Fiction Contest. She is represented by Samantha Haywood at the Transatlantic Agency. Born in British Columbia, she has lived in Ontario, England, BC, and Scotland. She has cerebral palsy and presently, she makes her home in Hamilton, Ontario, where she lives with a very lovable, very destructive dog and serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories. ----- Andrew French is an author who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
39:46
April 1, 2020
27. David Ly Discusses "Mythical Man"
David Ly returns to talk about his new book, Mythical Man. Andrew thinks it's way too funny that David's book is 69 pages. Curl up six feet away from others for this Self-Isolation Special. ----- Order Mythical Man here. ----- David Ly is a writer and poet based in Vancouver, BC He holds a Bachelor of Arts in World Literature, English, and Creative Writing, and a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University. His poetry has appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies, including The Puritan, PRISM International, and The Temz Review. His chapbook, Stubble Burn (Anstruther Press, 2018), has been noted by writer Kai Cheng Thom as poetry that speaks “… to the existential crises not only of queer people of colour, but of masculinity in general at a time when men of all kinds are being challenged to look within themselves and recognize both the monstrous and the divine that live there.” (PRISM international). David’s full-length poetry collection Mythical Man is out now with Palimpsest Press. ----- Andrew French is an author who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
40:52
March 25, 2020
26. Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor chats about writing, reading, and editing poetry. Andrew is still thinking about Rob's crab story (it's been weeks since recording). Call the gardener in to listen with you, it's fun for everybody. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Rob Taylor lives in Port Moody, BC with his wife and children. He is the author of Oh Not So Great: Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press, 2017), The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) and The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). In 2017 The News was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and in 2010 the manuscript for The Other Side of Ourselves won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob is also the editor of What the Poets are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018) and the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019). In addition to his books, Rob is the author of six poetry chapbooks, most recently The Green Waves: Poems from Roblin Lake (845 Press, 2019) and Łazienki Park (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2017). In 2014 he was named one of the inaugural writers-in-residence at the Al Purdy A-frame, and in 2015 he received a City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts. He teaches creative writing online at Simon Fraser University and plays far too much Ultimate Frisbee. ----- Andrew French is an author who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
1:07:16
March 4, 2020
25. Cara Nelissen
Cara Nelissen talks about how she wrote a chapbook of poems while simultaneously working on a novel. Andrew gets inspired to collect playing cards. The episode is to poetry readers what shiny things are to crows. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Cara Nelissen is a queer writer currently living on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She’s an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia and the Reviews Editor at PRISM International. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Plenitude, CV2 and Vallum. In her free time, she plays bass for Vancouver rock band Swamp Romance and likes to wander around the forest. Pick up Cara's chapbook, Pray For Us Girls, here. ----- Andrew French is an author who was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew 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.
47:05
February 19, 2020
24. Kyla Jamieson
Kyla Jamieson discusses writing poetry after a brain injury. Andrew gets a sneak peek at Kyla's forthcoming book. It's a really nice time. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Kyla Jamieson lives and relies on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Kind of Animal (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2019) and was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America, including Room Magazine, The Vault, ELLE Canada, Peach Mag, The Maynard, Plenitude, and The Account.  Her debut full-length poetry book, Body Count is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions in April 2020. The book placed third in the 2018 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors. Read more about Body Count here. ----- Andrew French is an author 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 Page Fright at theandrewfrench.com/pagefright!
52:39
February 5, 2020
23. Best Canadian Poetry 2019
Five poets answer each other's questions. Andrew is just excited to be there. It's the best, and they've got the book to prove it. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Order Best Canadian Poetry 2019 here. ----- Ellie Sawatzky lives, writes, and borrows dogs in Vancouver. She was a finalist for the 2019 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Rhinocentric (Frog Hollow Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in CV2, Room, The Puritan, The Matador Review, Prairie Fire, Little Fiction, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from UBC's Creative Writing Program, and writes a series of writing prompts called IMPROMPTU on Instagram (@impromptuprompts). ----- Laura Matwichuk lives in Vancouver. Her first book of poetry, Near Miss, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2019. ----- Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty Eight territory in Northern Alberta. He has had work published in The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Canadian Literature, and Settler Colonial Studies. His first children's book, Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018, and was nominated for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. He is an assistant professor of Indigenous literature at UBC. ----- Shaun Robinson lives in Vancouver. His poems have appeared in The Puritan, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, and Poetry is Dead. One of his poems was selected as an Honourable Mention in Arc Poetry Magazine's 2018 Poem of the Year contest. He works as an editor for the chapbook press Rahila's Ghost. His first collection of poems is forthcoming from Brick Books. ----- Sonnet L'Abbé lives in Nanaimo, BC. A poet, professor, and songwriter, they are the author of A Strange Relief, Killarnoe, and Sonnet's Shakespeare. In 2014, they were guest editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and their work appears in many anthologies of Canadian verse. Their chapbook, Anima Canadensis, won the 2017 bpNichol Chapook Award. They teach creative writing and English at Vancouver Island University. ----- Andrew French is an author 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.
53:40
January 22, 2020
22. Adèle Barclay
Adèle Barclay talks all things poetry. Andrew is stoked to talk about Adèle's new book. It's fun for all. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Adèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Heavy Feather Review, The Pinch, Fog Machine, The Puritan, PRISM international, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood, 2016) was nominated for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her second collection of poetry, Renaissance Normcore, was published by Nightwood Editions in fall 2019. She was the Interviews Editor at The Rusty Toque, a poetry ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, and the 2017 Critic-in-Residence for Canadian Women In Literary Arts. She is Arc Magazine‘s Poet in Residence and an editor at Rahila’s Ghost Press. She lives on unceded Coast Salish territory/Vancouver, BC. ----- Andrew French is an author 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.
46:44
January 8, 2020
21. Chimedum Ohaegbu
Chimedum Ohaegbu talks about trying out poetry. Andrew is excited to chat about different styles of writing. It's a great time all around. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Chimedum Ohaegbu (she/her/hers) attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She’s Uncanny Magazine’s managing editor, a co-founder of FEMMES Interactive, and a recipient of the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers. Her professional fiction debut was longlisted for the Nommo Award for African Science Fiction and Fantasy, and she also holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. She loves tisanes, insect facts but not insects, every single bird and magpies especially, and orchestral music. Her fondness of bad puns has miraculously not prevented her work from being published in Strange Horizons, This Magazine, SAD Magazine, The /tƐmz/ Review, and The Capilano Review, among others. ----- Andrew French is an author 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.
52:13
January 1, 2020
20. Kevin Spenst (Live at Massy Books!)
Happy holidays! Kevin Spenst jumps gracefully from style to poetic style. Andrew is thrilled to chat about idiotic idioms. It's a blast. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye(the Alfred Gustav Press), Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press), and most recently Upend (Frog Hollow Press: Dis/Ability series). In 2020, his third book of poetry will be coming out: Hearts Amok: a Memoir in Verse (Anvil Press). He lives on unceded Coast Salish territory with the love of his life Shauna Kaendo. ----- Andrew French is an author 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.
37:56
December 18, 2019
19. Estlin McPhee
Estlin McPhee discusses their chapbook, Shapeshifters (Rahila's Ghost). Andrew is hyped to talk about Glee's role in Estlin's poetry. It's a fun time for all. ----- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ----- Estlin McPhee is a writer, facilitator, and collective organizer living on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land in Vancouver, where they earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Shapeshifters, their poetry chapbook, is out now with Rahila's Ghost Press. Estlin is one half of the organizing team behind REVERB: A Queer Reading Series, which delivered (ir)regular shows for five years featuring emerging and established queer writers, with a focus on transforming dominant narratives about whose stories matter. ----- Andrew French is an author 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.
47:33
December 11, 2019
18. Alex Leslie
Alex Leslie talks about her new book, Vancouver for Beginners (Book*hug, 2019). Andrew is stoked to record with Alex's dog, Lucas. It's an absolute blast. ----- Click here to check out Page Fright's live recording in Vancouver on December 7th (6-8pm @ Massy Books)! ----- Alex Leslie was born and lives in Vancouver. She is the author of Vancouver for Beginners (Book*hug, 2019) and two short story collections: We All Need to Eat, a finalist for the 2019 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and People Who Disappear, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction and a 2013 ReLit Award. She is also the author of the prose poetry collection, The things I heard about you (2014), which was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry. Alex's writing has been included in the Journey Prize Anthology, The Best of Canadian Poetry in English, and in a special issue of Granta spotlighting Canadian writing, co-edited by Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux, and has received a CBC Literary Award, a Gold National Magazine Award, and the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. ----- Andrew French is an author 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.
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December 4, 2019
17. Wayde Compton
Wayde Compton discusses his new graphic novel, The Blue Road (Arsenal Pulp, 2019). Andrew is incredibly excited when Wayde reads from his copy of Performance Bond. It's a good time, and a great listen. ----- Click here to check out Page Fright's live recording in Vancouver on December 7th (6-8pm @ Massy Books)! ----- Wayde Compton is the author of The Blue Road: A Fable of Migration (illustrated by April dela Noche Milne), The Outer Harbour: Stories, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, Performance Bond, and 49th Parallel Psalm. He is the editor of the anthologies Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (with Renée Sarojini Saklikar). The Outer Harbour won a City of Vancouver Book Award and his story “The Instrument” won a National Magazine Award. He has also been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and two other City of Vancouver Book Awards. Compton teaches in the faculty of Creative Writing at Douglas College. Andrew French is an author 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.
50:53
November 21, 2019
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.
54:37
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