50 episodes

Created by writer and former broadcast journalist Sasha Xiao, Dear Seekers is an attempt for her to document and celebrate the perpetual journey, we are all on, of becoming and returning to ourselves.
Each week, Sasha seeks out an aspiring artist and author, and pours her existential pondering and melancholic feeling all over her guest in a hope to get something in return- for her and for the listeners. But the truth is Sasha already knows that she will never get the answers because not only does she believe “there are only two tragedies in life: One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it,” but also she knows the only answer is from within.
On this perpetual journey of searching for answers that can never be found externally, we need company, we need reminder, we need strength. We need each other.
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Dear Seekers Sasha Xiao

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Created by writer and former broadcast journalist Sasha Xiao, Dear Seekers is an attempt for her to document and celebrate the perpetual journey, we are all on, of becoming and returning to ourselves.
Each week, Sasha seeks out an aspiring artist and author, and pours her existential pondering and melancholic feeling all over her guest in a hope to get something in return- for her and for the listeners. But the truth is Sasha already knows that she will never get the answers because not only does she believe “there are only two tragedies in life: One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it,” but also she knows the only answer is from within.
On this perpetual journey of searching for answers that can never be found externally, we need company, we need reminder, we need strength. We need each other.
Substack subscribers have early access to each episode and exclusive personal essays.

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    The Write Way to Mother: Good Mom on Paper

    The Write Way to Mother: Good Mom on Paper

    I’m joined by two incredibly talented and funny writers, editors, novelists, mothers (in no particular order) - Jen sookfong Lee (also a celebrated poet) and Stacey May Fowles (also an award-winning sports journalist).After their first collaboration on Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Survivors on Life After Sexual Assault, they joined forces again in 2020 to work on another anthology. Except this time, it was on a topic that they both found very close to home- literary life and motherhood. Published this May, Good Mom on Paper is a collection of twenty essays, exploring the fraught, beautiful, and complicated relationship between creativity and motherhood. 

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Write Way to Mother: Mother's Day Special

    The Write Way to Mother: Mother's Day Special

    Today's episode is a Mother's Day special featuring an audio montage from Dear Seekers' past conversations with five writers who mother- Victoria Chang, Claudia Dey, Harriet Alida Lye, Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr and Heidi Sopinka.
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    • 21 min
    The Write Way to Mother: Ashley Audrain

    The Write Way to Mother: Ashley Audrain

    My second conversation from The Write Way to Mother series is with Ashley Audrain, author of one of the most celebrated debuts in 2021, The Push - a novel about motherhood (in a nutshell). It raises some very dark questions like: what if we don’t form a connection with our children? What happens if our children turn out to be someone we absolutely did not anticipate? The novel has been sold in over 20 countries and was on the New York Times best selling list for WEEKs. After many lined up to bid on the screen right, U.K. producer David Heyman eventually won the bid. He is known for his work on the Harry Potter films, A Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and many more. 
    Ashley is such a warm and welcoming person and I enjoyed our conversation very much. We talked so much about motherhood and writing: how she managed to find stolen times to write during those early motherhood days; how motherhood was the catalyst for her to step out of the shadow and became a best-selling author; and how different her writing processes are from the first novel to the second.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Jeanine Brito on preserving memories and feelings

    Jeanine Brito on preserving memories and feelings

    Today, I’m joined by Germany-born, Toronto-based Jeanine Brito, who I first connected with through Instagram many years ago when she was still working on Sophomore, a magazine that she created in her early twenties with a group of good friends. Even though Jeanine had been working as a designer in a various of companies over the years- from an interactive designer in a tech start-up, to a graphic designer at Umbra, and eventually to the creative lead at Global Mail’s Content Studio, I always knew there was an artist in her. To be fair, I’m sure she knew that too. But it wasn’t until the pandemic that Jeanine finally re-connected with her inner artist and was able to put more attention on her artistic practice and pursuit. For many artists in any discipline, finding their voices and artistic vocabulary might take years. But for Jeanine, it took one pandemic. Being forced to stay in a confined space, in a way, has evoked an if-not-now-then-when moment. With some very clear signs and guidances from the universe, Jeanine recently took a leap of faith to take her art practice full-time.
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    • 45 min
    Marlowe Granados on pursuing pleasure, especially during difficult times

    Marlowe Granados on pursuing pleasure, especially during difficult times

    Marlowe Granados definitely knows how to tease, flirt and seduce, not people, but life. Growing up with a single mother and being close with her grandparents, Marlowe’s desire to play hide-and-seek with life and grab life by its tail was never lessoned, but rather, encouraged. She takes her pursuit of pleasure very seriously, especially during difficult times. Loosing her dear mom during her teen years left a significant mark in her personal life but yet she chose to not let it be the overcasting shadow. Marlowe started writing Happy Hour when she was 22, but it wasn’t until nearly 8 years later she got to taste the fruit of her labour. After many rejections over the years, Happy Hour was eventually picked up by Flying Books in Toronto in 2020 as their first in-house publication. Since then, it has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Another, and many more. The ripple effect has put Marlow and her debut novel right under the spotlight, which turned out to be quite a bizarre experience to her. To introduce Marlowe as one, two, or even three professions would be a disservice to her and to the world. She writes, she styles, she photographs, she paints, and she has directed and acted in a film. Do not guess what she is going to do next, because she might not even know either. Even if she does, we probably will never guess it.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Victoria Chang on memories, grief, and unspoken trauma

    Victoria Chang on memories, grief, and unspoken trauma

    I recently met Dear Memory, a memoir that has essentially changed my life- not only because it forced some of my own uninvited, buried childhood memories to painfully resurface, but also has opened my imagination to what a memoir could look like. My conversation today is with its author Victoria Chang, and Claire Foster, who led me to this incredible book.
    Victoria is a prolific poet who has written many critically-claimed and commercially-celebrated poetry books- including Barbie Chang, The Boss, and Obit, which earned her many noble awards and the spotlight that (surprisingly) led her to a two-year long depression. Victoria is one of those very intriguingly contradictory people- dark and light, reserved yet extroverted, and someone who only looks towards the future while writes to dig through the past.
    Claire is a literary translator from French and a bookseller at Type Books in Toronto. For Small Press and The Review of the Center for the Study of Arts and Literatures of North Africa, she has translated short texts by George Sand and Isabelle Eberhardt. Her translation of Pierre Clémenti's 1973 prison memoir, A Few Personal Messages, is forthcoming from Small Press.
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    • 1 hr 7 min

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my beloved Toronto - based gem

I can say without a doubt that Dear Seekers is my favourite podcast. Sasha is constantly armed with such insightful questions for her extraordinary guests. If you are a creative human, don’t skip this one!