14 episodes

At Crow Reads, Rayanne Haines interviews intersectional writers, publishers, agents and editors in Canada. Crow Reads is recorded on Treaty 6 territory the traditional home of the Metis, Inuit and First Nations people. Crow Reads focuses on Alberta representation and tackles questions around social movements, cultural trends, feminism, #CanLit, and inclusion / representation. And, at the end of the day, celebrates the people who are making things happen in the literary world. The podcast is presented in partnership with Read Alberta and is a member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

Crow Reads Podcast Rayanne Haines

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At Crow Reads, Rayanne Haines interviews intersectional writers, publishers, agents and editors in Canada. Crow Reads is recorded on Treaty 6 territory the traditional home of the Metis, Inuit and First Nations people. Crow Reads focuses on Alberta representation and tackles questions around social movements, cultural trends, feminism, #CanLit, and inclusion / representation. And, at the end of the day, celebrates the people who are making things happen in the literary world. The podcast is presented in partnership with Read Alberta and is a member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

    Sandra S.G. Wong

    Sandra S.G. Wong

    In this episode, Rayanne speaks with author Sandra S.G. Wong about writing the lived experience, the layers of research and character development that come with crime writing, ambiguity and suspense, and how women characters are perceived and approached in novel writing. In her latest novel, Wong, approaches family dynamics while also writing an “An unusual blend of mystery, domestic suspense, and thriller with a powerful dose of social commentary.”



    Sandra SG Wong (she/her) writes fiction across genres, including the cross-genre Lola Starke novels, Crescent City short stories, and the bestselling standalone suspense novel, IN THE DARK WE FORGET. A hybrid author, she has been a Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence finalist and a Whistler Independent Book Awards nominee.

    Wong has been involved with genre and literary organizations, conferences, festivals, and workshops across Canada and the United States. She served on the Sisters in Crime national board as its first president of Asian heritage, and currently chairs its DEIJB Advisory Committee. She is also an active member of Crime Writers of Color.

    • 1 hr
    Skylar Kay

    Skylar Kay

    In this episode, Rayanne speaks to Skylar Kay about her debut poetry collection, Transcribing Moonlight. Her poetry explores how surrounding environments reflect and mirror human experiences, especially her experiences as a queer transgender woman. Rayanne and Skylar discuss the Haibun form, healing through poetry and reclaiming the feminine figure of the moon for Trans Women. 

    • 36 min
    Jason Purcell

    Jason Purcell

    In this episode of Crow Reads, Rayanne Haines interviews Jason Purcell, a writer and musician from amiskwaciwaskahikan, Treaty 6 (Edmonton, Alberta), where they are also the co-owner of Glass Bookshop. As a chronically ill writer, Jason writes at the intersection of queerness and illness and is the author of the chapbook A Place More Hospitable (Anstruther Press). Swollening is their first full-length collection. 

    In this conversation Jason reads from Swollening and talks about teasing out metaphorical spaces, writing the external and internal violence in the body, the parameters of giving and hiding/revealing within the practice of vulnerability as a queer writer, looking for the beats of the narrative in poem placement to orient the reader and signal underlying currents in the collection, and how being sick in a sick world may be a reasonable response. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike 

    Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike 

    In this moving, joyful and vulnerable episode of Crow Reads, I talk with author and postdoctoral fellow, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike about his short story collection Double Walhala, Double Trouble, how the tenderness of Shakespeare and other romantic poets brought him to poetry during dark times in Nigeria’s history, the value of family, mentorship and relationships in both African and Alberta literary communities, inhabiting and reflecting character realities, and, how poetry, story and being part of literary communities has helped him navigate anti-blackness in North America while continuing following his impulse for joy.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Premee Mohamed

    Premee Mohamed

    For this episode of Crow Reads, Rayanne speaks with Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author, Premee Mohamed about her novel, The Annual Migration of Clouds, genre labels, climate change, finding an agent and how to know when your book is done! 

    The Annual Migration of Clouds starts off by telling us - The world is nothing like it once was: climate disasters have wracked the continent, causing food shortages, ending industry, and leaving little behind. Then came Cad, mysterious mind-altering fungi that invade the bodies of the now scattered citizenry. Reid, a young woman who carries this parasite, has been given a chance to get away—to move to one of the last remnants of pre-disaster society—but she can’t bring herself to abandon her mother and the community that relies on her. When she’s offered a coveted place on a dangerous and profitable mission, she jumps at the opportunity to set her family up for life, but how can Reid ask people to put their trust in her when she can’t even trust her own mind?

    Is there anyone better to write this book and talk to us about world-building?

    Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. Premee is the author of novels Beneath the Rising(a finalist for Crawford Award, Aurora Award, British Fantasy Award, and Locus Award) and A Broken Darkness, as well as the novellas These Lifeless Things, And What Can We Offer You Tonight, and The Annual Migration of Clouds. Her next novel, The Void Ascendant, is the final book in the Beneath the Rising trilogy and is due out Spring 2022. Her short fiction has appeared in many venues and she can be found on Twitter at @premeesaurus and on her website at www.premeemohamed.com.

    • 54 min
    Trina Moyles

    Trina Moyles

    In September’s episode of Crow Reads, Rayanne Haines talks with Trina Moyles, author, writer, and wildfire lookout about her latest book. Lookout: Love, Solitude, and Searching for Wildfire in the Boreal Forest, is a memoir about Moyles four summers working alone at a remote lookout tower in Canada’s northern boreal forest, offering an eyewitness account of the increasingly unpredictable nature of wildfire. During the conversation, the two talk about Moyles new book, the freedom one finds in isolation, living and working as an artist in rural settings, how social justice sits in her work and how bears play an important role in her life both as an artist and a woman.



    Trina Moyles is an author, writer, and wildfire lookout living in the Peace Country of north-western Alberta, Treaty 8, traditional territories of the Cree, Beaver, Dene, and Metis peoples. Her latest book, Lookout: Love, Solitude, and Searching for Wildfire in the Boreal Forest is a memoir about her four summers working alone at a remote lookout tower in Canada’s northern boreal forest, offering an eyewitness account of the increasingly unpredictable nature of wildfire.

    Her essay Herd Memory won the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award at the 2019 Alberta Literary Awards, and later placed Silver in the Personal Journalism category at the 2020 National Magazine Awards.

    Moyles is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, where she’s working on a non-fiction book about living alone in a black bear corridor in northern Alberta during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. She, Bear is a meditation on nature, loneliness, desire, trauma, art, and bodily autonomy in relation to coexisting with a community of bears.

    Moyles spends her summers out in the bush, and her winters migrating between the Peace Country and Edmonton.

    • 56 min

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An excellent contribution

Rayanne asks great questions of writers because she is a writer herself. This podcast will help you learn more about your faves or find your next good read.

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