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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.

    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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    19. Estlin McPhee

    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.

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    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.

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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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    18. Alex Leslie

    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.

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    Click here to check out Page Fright's live recording in Vancouver on December 7th (6-8pm @ Massy Books)!

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    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.

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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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