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Andrew French interviews established and emerging authors about breaking through as writers and finding their literary style.

Page Fright: A Literary Podcast Andrew French

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Andrew French interviews established and emerging authors about breaking through as writers and finding their literary style.

    58. Literary Aspirations w/ Tolu Oloruntoba

    58. Literary Aspirations w/ Tolu Oloruntoba

    Tolu Oloruntoba talks poetry as science, what he aspires to in his work, and his debut poetry collection, The Junta of Happenstance. Andrew reveals the limits of his vocabulary. It's a fun one!

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    Tolu Oloruntoba, has tried, and abandoned or failed at a variety of things. As a teenager, he worked hard at becoming a comic book artist and fantasy author. This was before going to medical school at 18, which dried out those dreams. Besides, he didn’t consider himself particularly good at either. He practiced medicine for 6 years, and lived in Nigeria and the United States before moving to Canada. He has somehow not abandoned poetry since he started to write it at 16, and had his debut collection of poetry, The Junta of Happenstance, published in May 2021. These days, he manages virtual health projects in British Columbia, and lives with his partner and two young children in so-called Surrey, BC, in territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, and Kwantlen First Nations.

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    Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of two chapbooks, Do Not Discard Ashes (845 Press, 2020) and Poems for Different Yous (Rose Garden Press, 2021). Andrew has 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.

    • 55 min
    57. Bodies and Inheritance w/ Brandon Wint

    57. Bodies and Inheritance w/ Brandon Wint

    Brandon Wint discusses family history, spatial poetry, and his debut poetry collection, Divine Animal. Andrew shakes off the rust and interviews his first guest in months. It's a blast!

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    Ontario born poet and spoken word artist Brandon Wint uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his work on the page and in performance casts a tender but robust attention toward the movements and impacts of colonial, capitalist logic, and how they might be undone. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal is his debut book of poetry.

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    Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of two chapbooks, Do Not Discard Ashes (845 Press, 2020) and Poems for Different Yous (Rose Garden Press, 2021). Andrew has 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.

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    56. Finding Meaning in Mundanity w/ Michael Deibert

    56. Finding Meaning in Mundanity w/ Michael Deibert

    Michael Deibert discusses being an emerging writer, reading practices, and his debut chapbook. Andrew talks to Michael about mundane images and fearing writing about himself. It's a great time!

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    Michael Deibert is a poet and painter currently living between Toronto and Vancouver, and studying at the University of British Columbia. His debut chapbook, The Gunshot Before the Marathon, was published by the Soap Box Press in 2019.

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    Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of two chapbooks, Do Not Discard Ashes (845 Press, 2020) and Poems for Different Yous (Rose Garden Press, 2021). Andrew has 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 min
    55. "Exhibitionist" w/ Molly Cross-Blanchard

    55. "Exhibitionist" w/ Molly Cross-Blanchard

    Molly Cross-Blanchard joins Andrew to discuss her debut poetry collection, Exhibitionist. Andrew talks to Molly about mental health and body image. It's a blast!

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    Molly Cross-Blanchard is a white and Métis writer and editor born on Treaty 3 territory (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 territory (Prince Albert, SK), and living on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, BC). She holds an English BA from the University of Winnipeg and a Creative Writing MFA from the University of British Columbia, and is the Publisher at Room magazine. Her debut poetry chapbook is I Don't Want to Tell You (Rahila's Ghost Press, 2018) and her debut full-length book of poetry is Exhibitionist (Coach House Books, 2021).

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    Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of two chapbooks, Do Not Discard Ashes (845 Press, 2020) and Poems for Different Yous (Rose Garden Press, 2021). Andrew has 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.

    • 45 min
    54. "Moldovan Hotel" w/ Leah Horlick

    54. "Moldovan Hotel" w/ Leah Horlick

    Leah Horlick joins Andrew to discuss her latest poetry collection, Moldovan Hotel. Andrew talks to Leah about community in the pandemic. It's a delight!

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    Leah Horlick is a writer and poet who grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree Territory & the homelands of the Métis in Saskatoon. Her first book, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), was shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second collection, For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), was named a 2016 Stonewall Honour Book by the American Library Association, and she was awarded Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers that same year. She lived on Unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver for nearly ten years, during which time she and her dear friend Estlin McPhee ran REVERB, a queer and anti-oppressive reading series.  She now lives on Treaty Seven Territory & Region 3 of the Métis Nation in Calgary. Her long-awaited third collection of poems, Moldovan Hotel, was released this spring from Brick Books. 

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    Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of two chapbooks, Do Not Discard Ashes (845 Press, 2020) and Poems for Different Yous (Rose Garden Press, 2021). Andrew has 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.

    • 50 min
    53. "Strangers" and Community w/ Rob Taylor

    53. "Strangers" and Community w/ Rob Taylor

    Rob Taylor returns to talk about his latest poetry collection, Strangers. Andrew asks Rob about community and editing. It's a joy!

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    Rob Taylor is the author of Strangers (Biblioasis, 2021) and three other poetry collections. He 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).

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    Andrew French is an author from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of two chapbooks, Do Not Discard Ashes (845 Press, 2020) and Poems for Different Yous (Rose Garden Press, 2021). Andrew has 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.

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