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Page Fright: A Literary Podcast

85 EpisodesProduced by Andrew FrenchWebsite

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

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83. Editing & Community w/ Chris Johnson

November 30th, 2023


Chris Johnson stops in to talk about their new chapbook, 320 Lines of Poetry. Andrew asks what it's like running a successful poetry journal. It's a …

82. Authentic Writing w/ Chris Banks

October 20th, 2023


Chris Banks pops by to discuss his 7th poetry collection, Alternator. Andrew talks about being a writer who doesn't write. It's a lovely chat!


81. Comfort Media w/ Brandi Bird

August 31st, 2023


Brandi Bird stops by the virtual studio to talk about their debut poetry collection, The All + Flesh. Andrew relates their obsession with Mary …

80. The Poem's Responsibility w/ Tom Cull

July 25th, 2023


Tom Cull joins Andrew to reconnect and talk about his new poetry collection, Kill Your Starlings. Andrew asks about elegies and IKEA. It's a good one!

79. What Poetry Needs w/ Jen Currin

May 31st, 2023


Jen Currin and Andrew sit down to chat about Jen's new poetry collection, Trinity Street. Andrew talks the poetic and personal. It's a blast!


78. Psychogeography, Gender, and Love Poems w/ Jade Wallace

April 19th, 2023


Jade Wallace joins Andrew to discuss their debut full-length poetry collection, Love Is A Place But You Cannot Live There. Andrews learns about …

77. Memory and Green Tea w/ Vivian (Xiao Wen) Li

March 31st, 2023


Vivian Li sits down to talk about her debut poetry chapbook, Someday I Promise, I'll Love You. Andrews asks Vivian about love poems and the role of …

76. Gender Poems, Music, and Lisping w/ Charlie Petch

February 28th, 2023


Charlie Petch joins the pod to talk about their debut poetry collection, Why I Was Late. Andrew talks about being non-binary and how it's impacted …

75. Ekphrasis & Reflecting on Past Work w/ Yvonne Blomer

January 27th, 2023


Yvonne Blomer pops by to talk about her latest poetry collection, The Last Show on Earth. Andrew goes to the expert for water and nature poem advice. …

74. Research, Spacing, and Ourselves w/ Cecily Nicholson

December 19th, 2022


Cecily Nicholson chats about her new poetry collection, Harrowings. Andrew asks Cecily about her research process and how to use a page. It's a fun …

73. A Poem Can Be A Vibe w/ Sanna Wani

November 23rd, 2022


Sanna Wani joins Andrew to talk about her new poetry collection, My Grief, the Sun. Andrew talks to Sanna about grief and searching in poems. It's a …

72. Water & Identity Poems w/ David Ly

September 21st, 2022


David Ly joins Andrew to talk about his new poetry collection, Dream of Me As Water. Andrew tells David he should work at an aquarium. It's a great …

Review: "If You Discover a Fire" by Shaun Robinson

September 6th, 2022


Andrew gives a short audio review of and reading from Shaun Robinson's If You Discover a Fire (Brick Books, 2020).


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71. Monuments and the Speaker w/ Manahil Bandukwala

August 26th, 2022


Manahil Bandukwala joins Andrew to chat about her debut full-length poetry collection, MONUMENT. Andrew questions whether a speaker is always …

Page Fright Reviews: "Swollening" by Jason Purcell

August 16th, 2022


Andrew begins a series of short audio reviews of poetry collections with a quick review of and reading from Jason Purcell's Swollening.


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70. Myth and Memory w/ Annick MacAskill

July 14th, 2022


Annick MacAskill stops by the virtual studio to talk about her new book, Shadow Blight. Andrew asks Annick about applying myth to the personal. It's a great chat!


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69. Prose Poems and Reviewing w/ rob mclennan

June 16th, 2022


rob mclennan joins Andrew for a discussion of his new book of prose poems, the book of smaller. Andrew and rob chat about reviews and community. It's a good time!


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68. Poems About Trauma w/ Carlie Blume

May 20th, 2022


Carlie Blume comes by the virtual studio to talk about her debut poetry collection, Gigglepuss. Andrew and Carlie talk trauma and poetry. It's an …

67. Sobriety, Rhyme, and Old Poems w/ Chris Banks

April 14th, 2022


Chris Banks drops by to chat about his new book of poetry, Deepfake Serenade. Andrew asks about avoiding stereotypical depictions of sobriety in a poem. It's a super fun one!


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66. Poems & Identity w/ Natalie Lim

March 24th, 2022


Natalie Lim pops into the virtual studio to chat about her debut poetry chapbook, arrhythmia. Andrew mistakes a book of non-rhyming poems for a book …

65. Adventurous Poems & Writing About Others w/ Ellie Sawatzky

February 25th, 2022


Ellie Sawatzky stops by Andrew's virtual studio to chat about her debut full-length poetry collection, None of This Belongs to Me. Andrew learns …

64. Poetry and What Matters w/ Jaclyn Desforges

January 25th, 2022


Jaclyn Desforges joins Andrew to talk about her debut poetry collection, Danger Flower. Andrew asks Jaclyn about mental health writing. It's a blast!

63. Moments and Notes Apps w/ Nolan Natasha

December 22nd, 2021


Nolan Natasha chats with Andrew about his poetry collection, I Can Hear You, Can You Hear Me? Andrew asks about beauty and handwriting poems. Happy …

62. Chapbook Party! w/ Rose Garden Press' Michelle Arnett & Michele Vanderwal

December 2nd, 2021


Andrew is joined by Michele Vanderwal and Michelle Arnett from Rose Garden Press to talk about his new chapbook, Poems for Different Yous, and the others they are publishing this month! They talk about philosophy, …

60. Time, Bodies, and Found Objects w/ Síle Englert

October 23rd, 2021


Síle Englert discusses her new (debut!) poetry collection, The Lost Time Accidents. Andrew wonders about bodies and movement. What a time!


59. Staying Inspired w/ Tara Borin

September 29th, 2021


Tara Borin discusses their debut poetry collection, The Pit. Andrew asks Tara where to find inspiration. What a joy!


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58. Literary Aspirations w/ Tolu Oloruntoba

August 29th, 2021


Tolu Oloruntoba talks poetry as science, what he aspires to in his work, and his debut poetry collection, The Junta of Happenstance. Andrew reveals …

57. Bodies and Inheritance w/ Brandon Wint

August 3rd, 2021


Brandon Wint discusses family history, spatial poetry, and his debut poetry collection, Divine Animal. Andrew shakes off the rust and interviews his …

56. Finding Meaning in Mundanity w/ Michael Deibert

June 11th, 2021


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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55. "Exhibitionist" w/ Molly Cross-Blanchard

May 28th, 2021


Molly Cross-Blanchard joins Andrew to discuss her debut poetry collection, Exhibitionist. Andrew talks to Molly about mental health and body image. …

54. "Moldovan Hotel" w/ Leah Horlick

May 12th, 2021


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

53. "Strangers" and Community w/ Rob Taylor

April 28th, 2021


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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52. Hockey Bros and Religious Poems w/ Aidan Chafe

April 14th, 2021


Aidan Chafe returns to the pod to talk about his latest collection, Gospel Drunk. Andrew questions Aidan about hockey bros and James Joyce. It's a …

51. Mental Health Writing w/ Jen Sookfong Lee

March 31st, 2021


Jen Sookfong Lee joins Andrew to talk community, winter, and mental health. Andrew gets Jen's permission to put a book down after 30 pages. It's a …

50. Fractals and Reflecting w/ Shazia Hafiz Ramji

March 3rd, 2021


Shazia Hafiz Ramji talks with Andrew about poetry and listening. Andrew learns what fractals are (thanks Shazia!) and reflects on fifty episodes of …

49. Poetic Activism w/ Stephen Collis

February 17th, 2021


Stephen Collis chats about his new poetry collection, A History of the Theories of Rain. Andrew interrogates Stephen's love for slashes and dislike …

48. Community and Editing w/ Cole Nowicki

February 3rd, 2021


Cole Nowicki jumps on the podcast to chat about a fine. collection, vol. I.  Andrew talks about interdisciplinary art. It's a great day to listen!

47. Collaborative & Community Poems w/ Manahil Bandukwala

January 20th, 2021


Manahil Bandukwala discusses her and Conyer Clayton's new collaborative chapbook, "Sprawl." Andrew talks about different forms of sharing writing. …

46. Best Canadian Poetry 2020! w/ Marilyn Dumont

January 6th, 2021


Marilyn Dumont discusses editing Best Canadian Poetry 2020.  Andrew talks about mentorship and pandemic reading. It's good stuff!


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45. "Bittersweet" w/ Natasha Ramoutar

November 25th, 2020


Natasha Ramoutar discusses her poetry collection, Bittersweet.  Andrew talks about light poems and mentorship. It's a joyous occasion!


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44. Chapbooks! w/ Aaron Schneider & Amy Mitchell of The /tƐmz/ Review

November 11th, 2020


Amy Mitchell and Aaron Schneider from The /tƐmz/ Review & 845 Press talk about their forthcoming chapbook titles.  Andrew reads from his chapbook and is blown away by the quality of the other 845 Press titles. It's …

43. "Like a Boy but Not a Boy" w/ andrea bennett

October 28th, 2020


andrea bennett chats about her new essay collection, Like a Boy but Not a Boy.  Andrew asks where essays come from. It's just an all around great …

42. "The Certainties" w/ Aislinn Hunter

October 14th, 2020


Aislinn Hunter discusses her novel, The Certainties.  Andrew talks about Aislinn's novel being the first he's read in about a year. It's a blast!

41. "The Outer Wards" w/ Sadiqa de Meijer

September 30th, 2020


Sadiqa de Meijer talks about her poetry collection, The Outer Wards.  Andrew fumbles through questions and talks about Sadiqa's poem that he wrote …

40. "Render" w/ Sachiko Murakami

September 12th, 2020


Sachiko Murakami talks about their latest poetry collection, Render.  Andrew discusses form and trying to figure out how to write with it. It's a …

39. Dildo Poems w/ Andy Verboom

August 5th, 2020


Andy Verboom discusses his new poetry collection, DBL.  Andrew talks about Andy's early influence on him as an aspiring writer. It's a joyous …

38. "Murmurations" w/ Annick MacAskill

July 22nd, 2020


Annick MacAskill discusses her new poetry collection, Murmurations.  Andrew talks about how e.e. cummings made him leave business school. It's a …

37. Collaborative Writing w/ Conyer Clayton

July 8th, 2020


Conyer Clayton discusses her new poetry collection, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite. Andrew asks Conyer about her awesome titles. It's a blast!


36. "Hearts Amok" w/ Kevin Spenst

June 25th, 2020


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!


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35. Lost Lagoon Poems w/ Betsy Warland

June 10th, 2020


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!


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34. "Sweet Water" w/ Yvonne Blomer

May 27th, 2020


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 …

33. Potato Poems w/ Matthew Walsh

May 13th, 2020


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!

32. "Junebat" and "Vanishing Monuments" w/ John Elizabeth Stintzi

April 29th, 2020


Friend of the show John Elizabeth Stintzi returns to discuss their new books, Vanishing Monuments and Junebat! Andrew talks about getting back into …

31. Writing in Quarantine w/ Lauren Turner

April 22nd, 2020


Lauren Turner talks poetry, quarantine, and The Only Card in a Deck of Knives. Andrew asks about editing practices. It's a joy.


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30. Curtis LeBlanc: "Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation"

April 15th, 2020


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 …

29. Writing and Rejection w/ Dave Bidini

April 9th, 2020


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.


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28. "Disfigured" w/ Amanda Leduc

April 1st, 2020


Amanda Leduc discusses her new book of essays, Disfigured. Andrew commends Amanda for pulling some really obscure fairy tales. Put this episode on …

27. David Ly Discusses "Mythical Man"

March 25th, 2020


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 …

26. Rob Taylor

March 4th, 2020


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.


25. Cara Nelissen

February 19th, 2020


Cara Nelissen talks about how she wrote a chapbook of poems while simultaneously working on a novel. Andrew gets inspired to collect playing cards. …

24. Kyla Jamieson

February 5th, 2020


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.


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23. Best Canadian Poetry 2019

January 22nd, 2020


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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22. Adèle Barclay

January 8th, 2020


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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21. Chimedum Ohaegbu

January 1st, 2020


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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20. Kevin Spenst (Live at Massy Books!)

December 18th, 2019


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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19. Estlin McPhee

December 11th, 2019


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 …

18. Alex Leslie

December 4th, 2019


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 …

17. Wayde Compton

November 21st, 2019


Wayde Compton discusses his new graphic novel, The Blue Road (Arsenal Pulp, 2019). Andrew is incredibly excited when Wayde reads from his copy of

16. Rhea Tregebov

November 14th, 2019


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.


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15. Fiona Tinwei Lam

November 6th, 2019


Fiona talks poetry and video poems. Andrew loves Fiona's use of form. It's a stellar time for all.


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14. Chelene Knight

October 23rd, 2019


Chelene Knight talks about her poetry and forthcoming novel. Andrew doesn't notice the echo. The echo makes everything Chelene says twice as nice.

13. John Elizabeth Stintzi

October 16th, 2019


John Elizabeth Stintzi discusses their scientifically-inclined poetry project Plow Forward the Higgs Field (Rahila's Ghost). Andrew is intimidated by …

12. Carlie Blume

October 10th, 2019


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 …

11. Chris Bailey

October 2nd, 2019


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, …

10. Daniel Cowper

September 26th, 2019


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 …

9. David Ly

September 11th, 2019


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). …

8. Isabella Wang

September 5th, 2019


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 …

7. Cassidy McFadzean

August 23rd, 2019


Cassidy McFadzean talks about poetry, astrology, and transitioning between forms. Andrew talks about a scary tarot reading. Everyone ends up smiling.

6. Aislinn Hunter

August 6th, 2019


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 …

5. Hasan Namir

July 18th, 2019


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 …

4. Aidan Chafe

July 11th, 2019


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 …

3. Hannah MacReady

July 6th, 2019


Hannah MacReady talks about how the heck they decide what should be published. Andrew gets really excited about the names of Hannah's doggos. …

2. A.H. Reaume

July 3rd, 2019


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 …

1. Shazia Hafiz Ramji

June 26th, 2019


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 …

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