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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.

    25. Cara Nelissen

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    23. Best Canadian Poetry 2019

    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.

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    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).

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    Laura Matwichuk lives in Vancouver. Her first book of poetry, Near Miss, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2019.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    22. Adèle Barclay

    22. Adèle Barclay

    Adèle Barclay talks all things poetry. Andrew is stoked to talk about Adèle's new book. It's fun for all.

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    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.

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    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.

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    21. Chimedum Ohaegbu

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    20. Kevin Spenst (Live at Massy Books!)

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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