Page Fright: A Literary Podcast

Page Fright: A Literary Podcast

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


38. “Murmurations” w/ Annick MacAskill
Jul 22 • 54 min
Annick MacAskill discusses her new poetry collection, Murmurations. Andrew talks about how e.e. cummings made him leave business school. It’s a great time all around! ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Annick MacAskill is a poet and the…
37. Collaborative Writing w/ Conyer Clayton
Jul 8 • 39 min
Conyer Clayton discusses her new poetry collection, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite. Andrew asks Conyer about her awesome titles. It’s a blast! ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Conyer Clayton was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky,…
36. “Hearts Amok” w/ Kevin Spenst
Jun 24 • 44 min
Kevin Spenst returns to talk Hearts Amok: A Memoir in Verse. Andrew celebrates a year of Page Fright. It’s a fun episode for all! ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Kevin Spenst, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, is the author of Hearts Amok,…
35. Lost Lagoon Poems w/ Betsy Warland
Jun 10 • 47 min
Betsy Warland discusses her new book of prose poems, Lost Lagoon / lost in thought. Andrew asks Betsy about how to find inspiration for a poem. It’s a great time all around! ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Betsy Warland has published…
34. “Sweet Water” w/ Yvonne Blomer
May 27 • 33 min
Yvonne Blomer comes on the show to discuss Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds. Andrew is intrigued by the task of editing a poetry anthology. It’s a wonderful time for all! ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Yvonne Blomer is the…
33. Potato Poems w/ Matthew Walsh
May 13 • 35 min
Matthew Walsh discusses their book, These are not the potatoes of my youth. Andrew is blown away by Matthew’s editing technique. It’s delightful! ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Matthew Walsh hails from the eastern shore of Nova…
32. “Junebat” and “Vanishing Monuments” w/ John Elizabeth Stintzi
Apr 29 • 34 min
Friend of the show John Elizabeth Stintzi returns to discuss their new books, Vanishing Monuments and Junebat! Andrew talks about getting back into poetry during quarantine. It’s a delight! ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- John…
31. Writing in Quarantine w/ Lauren Turner
Apr 22 • 33 min
Lauren Turner talks poetry, quarantine, and The Only Card in a Deck of Knives. Andrew asks about editing practices. It’s a joy. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Lauren Turner is a disabled poet and essayist. She wrote The Onl Card in a…
30. Curtis LeBlanc: “Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation”
Apr 15 • 35 min
Curtis LeBlanc talks poetry, working on a novel, and his new poetry book: Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation. Andrew picks a poem about Free Willy from Curtis’ book to kick off the episode. Everything goes swimmingly. ——- Listen to more episodes of…
29. Writing and Rejection w/ Dave Bidini
Apr 8 • 37 min
Dave Bidini talks about his writing all across the world. Andrew is stoked to talk to the writer behind a song in his thesis. It’s a great time for everyone. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Dave Bidini is a Canadian musician and…
28. “Disfigured” w/ Amanda Leduc
Apr 1 • 39 min
Amanda Leduc discusses her new book of essays, Disfigured. Andrew commends Amanda for pulling some really obscure fairy tales. Put this episode on while you take a basket of goodies through the wolf-infested woods to your grandmother. ——- Listen to more…
27. David Ly Discusses “Mythical Man”
Mar 25 • 40 min
David Ly returns to talk about his new book, Mythical Man. Andrew thinks it’s way too funny that David’s book is 69 pages. Curl up six feet away from others for this Self-Isolation Special. ——- Order Mythical Man here. ——- David Ly is a writer and poet…
26. Rob Taylor
Mar 4 • 67 min
Rob Taylor chats about writing, reading, and editing poetry. Andrew is still thinking about Rob’s crab story (it’s been weeks since recording). Call the gardener in to listen with you, it’s fun for everybody. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright…
25. Cara Nelissen
Feb 19 • 47 min
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. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright…
24. Kyla Jamieson
Feb 5 • 52 min
Kyla Jamieson discusses writing poetry after a brain injury. Andrew gets a sneak peek at Kyla’s forthcoming book. It’s a really nice time. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Kyla Jamieson lives and relies on the unceded traditional…
23. Best Canadian Poetry 2019
Jan 22 • 53 min
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. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Order Best Canadian Poetry 2019 here. ——- Ellie Sawatzky lives, writes,…
22. Adèle Barclay
Jan 8 • 46 min
Adèle Barclay talks all things poetry. Andrew is stoked to talk about Adèle’s new book. It’s fun for all. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Adèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Heavy Feather Review, The Pinch, Fog…
21. Chimedum Ohaegbu
Jan 1 • 52 min
Chimedum Ohaegbu talks about trying out poetry. Andrew is excited to chat about different styles of writing. It’s a great time all around. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Chimedum Ohaegbu (she/her/hers) attends the University of…
20. Kevin Spenst (Live at Massy Books!)
Dec 18, 2019 • 37 min
Happy holidays! Kevin Spenst jumps gracefully from style to poetic style. Andrew is thrilled to chat about idiotic idioms. It’s a blast. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong…
19. Estlin McPhee
Dec 11, 2019 • 47 min
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. ——- Listen to more episodes of Page Fright here. ——- Estlin McPhee is a writer, facilitator, and…
18. Alex Leslie
Dec 4, 2019 • 65 min
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. ——- Click here to check out Page Fright’s live recording in Vancouver on December 7th (6-8pm @ Massy…
17. Wayde Compton
Nov 20, 2019 • 50 min
Wayde Compton discusses his new graphic novel, The Blue Road (Arsenal Pulp, 2019). Andrew is incredibly excited when Wayde reads from his copy of Performance Bond. It’s a good time, and a great listen. ——- Click here to check out Page Fright’s live…
16. Rhea Tregebov
Nov 13, 2019 • 54 min
Rhea Tregebov talks about her new novel Rue des Rosiers (Coteau Books, 2019). Andrew leaves his comfort zone and reads a novel for fun for the first time in years. It’s a genuinely fun conversation. ——- Click here to check out Page Fright Live! ——- Rhea…
15. Fiona Tinwei Lam
Nov 6, 2019 • 50 min
Fiona talks poetry and video poems. Andrew loves Fiona’s use of form. It’s a stellar time for all. ——- Click here to check out Page Fright Live! ——- Fiona Tinwei Lam is an award-winning writer who teaches at SFU’s Continuing Studies. Her third collection…
14. Chelene Knight
Oct 23, 2019 • 55 min
Chelene Knight talks about her poetry and forthcoming novel. Andrew doesn’t notice the echo. The echo makes everything Chelene says twice as nice. ——- Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant,…
13. John Elizabeth Stintzi
Oct 16, 2019 • 36 min
John Elizabeth Stintzi discusses their scientifically-inclined poetry project Plow Forward the Higgs Field (Rahila’s Ghost). Andrew is intimidated by talking to somebody who can tell you what a molecule is with some confidence. It’s really just a great…
12. Carlie Blume
Oct 10, 2019 • 48 min
Carlie Blume talks poetry and motherhood. Andrew’s Skype is slow. It’s a lovely time for all, despite the lag… ——- Carlie Blume is a Vancouver born writer of poetry and fiction. She is a 2017 graduate of The Writer’s Studio, the Vancouver Manuscript…
11. Chris Bailey
Oct 2, 2019 • 33 min
Chris Bailey talks about writing poetry that doesn’t sound like AC/DC’s discography. Andrew falls in love with Chris’ accent. It’s a splendid affair. ——- Chris Bailey is a commercial fisherman and from North Lake, Prince Edward Island. He got his MFA from…
10. Daniel Cowper
Sep 26, 2019 • 43 min
Daniel Cowper has advice for the people who don’t like poetry. Andrew brings in a journal we’ve seen before. Everybody is happy. ——- Daniel Cowper’s poetry has appeared in Arc, Vallum, CV2, Prairie Fire, and various other literary publications in Canada,…
9. David Ly
Sep 11, 2019 • 40 min
David Ly talks about the best doughnuts. Andrew loves Grindr epigraphs. Everybody leaves in high spirits. ——- David Ly is the author of Stubble Burn (Anstruther Press, 2018) and Mythical Man (Anstruther Books, 2020). His poetry has also appeared in…
8. Isabella Wang
Sep 4, 2019 • 36 min
Isabella Wang talks about poetic form. Andrew brings in a super fun book. Everybody is delighted. ——- Isabella Wang’s debut poetry chapbook is On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press 2019). At 19, she has been shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly’s…
7. Cassidy McFadzean
Aug 22, 2019 • 37 min
Cassidy McFadzean talks about poetry, astrology, and transitioning between forms. Andrew talks about a scary tarot reading. Everyone ends up smiling. ——- Cassidy McFadzean was born in Regina, graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently lives…
6. Aislinn Hunter
Aug 6, 2019 • 42 min
Aislinn Hunter talks teaching, writing, and finding your passion. Andrew brings her a spicy book of poetry. All parties are pleased. ——- Aislinn Hunter (born in Belleville, Ontario) is a Canadian poetry and fiction author. She studied art history and…
5. Hasan Namir
Jul 17, 2019 • 31 min
Hasan Namir discusses love, equality, and his incredible writing. Andrew regrets not bringing his copy of Hasan’s book. Everybody enjoys themselves. ——- Iraqi-Canadian author Hasan Namir graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and…
4. Aidan Chafe
Jul 11, 2019 • 42 min
Aidan Chafe discusses his book, mental illness, and why growing up is hard. Andrew agrees and is in awe of Aidan’s writing. Everybody has a great time. ——- Aidan Chafe is a public school teacher and the author of Short Histories of Light (2018), and the…
3. Hannah MacReady
Jul 6, 2019 • 36 min
Hannah MacReady talks about how the heck they decide what should be published. Andrew gets really excited about the names of Hannah’s doggos. Everybody leaves smiling. ——- Hannah Macready is an American-Canadian writer who currently lives in Vancouver,…
2. A.H. Reaume
Jul 3, 2019 • 48 min
A.H. Reaume talks about her novel-in-progress. Andrew slurps tea that she so graciously provided. Everybody has fun. ——— A .H. Reaume is a writer who swears too much, reads too much, and is currently in too many book clubs (four in total). She has won…
1. Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Jun 26, 2019 • 25 min
Shazia Hafiz Ramji wonders whether people write naked or not. Andrew stumbles through the show’s first interview. Everybody is happy. ——- Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s first book, Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), received the Robert Kroetsch Award for…