At An Eloquent Bitch Podcast, Rayanne Haines interviews women identifying and non-binary writers, publishers, agents and editors in Canada. With a focus on intersectionality she tackles questions around social movements, cultural trends, feminism, #CanLit, and inclusion / representation. And, at the end of the day, celebrates these writers who are making things happen in the literary world.
In this episode with spoken word poet, advocate and educator and Andrea Thompson, we talk about Oral Culture, Empowerment through poetry, Mental Health, Gatekeeping and Authenticity, and Powerful Black Artist Movements. It was hard to stop talking!
Andrea has been publishing and performing her work for over twenty-five years. In 2005 her spoken word album, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award, in 2009 she was the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour, and in 2019 her poetry album, Soulorations helped earn her the League of Canadian Poets’ Golden Beret Award. Thompson is co-author of the anthology, Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, and author of the novel, Over Our Heads. Thompson currently teaches through Workman Arts, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), and the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She is a member of the Brick Books editorial collective and curator for Brick's multimedia hub, Brickyard. Thompson’s work is featured in the anthology, Best Canadian Poetry: 2020, and she is the recipient of the 2021 Pavlick Prize for Poetry. Her poetry collection, A Selected History of Soul Speak will be published through the Frontenac House series, Quartet in the fall of 2021.
Andrea Thompson is a force of beauty and light. I’m sure after you listen to this podcast, you’ll agree.
In this month's episode, I talk with Author, Editor and Academic, Jade Wallace. Jade Wallace's poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in journals internationally, including This Magazine, Canadian Literature, The Stockholm Review, and elsewhere. They are the reviews editor for CAROUSEL Magazine, an organizing member of Draft Reading Series, an M.A. student in Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, an a founding member of MA|DE, a collaborative writing entity. Wallace is the author of several chapbooks, most recently A Barely Concealed Design (Puddles of Sky Press 2020) and A Trip to the ZZOO (Collusion Books 2020), under the moniker MA|DE. We talk about experimentation in writing and reviewing, ageism, academia and how our bodies sit in writing. Find out more about them at jadewallace.ca
This month's episode features Luciana Erregue. Luciana is the editor/owner of Laberinto Press, an art historian, academic, and writer. She is a Banff Centre Literary Arts Alumni, a former Edmonton Arts Council Artist in Residence, and a recipient of the EAC Cultural Diversity in the Arts Grant. Her work has been published nationally and internationally and showcased at literary festivals. Luciana also maintains her blog SpectatorCurator. In our conversation we discuss othering, how and why Luciana started her own press, using wit and humour in writing, and the emotional burdens placed on women in the writing world.
For our first episode we speak with poet and editor Ayesha Chatterjee. Chatterjee is the author of two poetry collections, The Clarity of Distance, and Bottles and Bones. Her work has appeared in journals across the world and been translated into French and Slovene. Chatterjee is past president of the League of Canadian Poets and current chair of the League’s Feminist Caucus. She is also poetry advisor to Exile magazine, a Canadian quarterly dedicated to the visual and literary arts. Born and raised in India, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany and now calls Toronto home.
Ayesha joins Rayanne for a conversation about how identity sits in her writing, intersectionality, and her roles as poet, editor and community builder.